Sam Yebri

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Sam Yebri received a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and a law degree from University of Southern California Law School [10]. He founded his own law firm, Merino Yebri LLP, which focuses on worker, tenant, and refugee rights, and he previously served as a clerk for federal judge Hon. A. Howard Matz [8]. Yebri co-founded 30 Years After, a non-profit that aims to engage immigrants and first-generation Americans in civic life. Yebri is Iranian-American, and immigrated to Los Angeles at one years old [1]. 

He has served as a board member for several community organizations, including Bet Tzedek Legal Services, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Community Foundation, the Friends of Westwood Library, and ETTA. He has also served as a commissioner on the LA Civil Service Commission, the City Attorney’s Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and the LA County Assessor’s Transition Team [1, 3]. 

Key Issues

Public Safety

Yebri wants to improve public safety by expanding crisis intervention teams made up of social workers and mental health professionals, increasing the number of LAPD officers, and investing in police reforms. He wants to prioritize hate crime enforcement and prevention [1]. 

Law Enforcement

Yebri wants to increase law enforcement resources, including personnel, immediately transition sworn officers from desk work to patrolling neighborhoods, and prioritize solving violent crime. He wants to increase training requirements for officers, prioritize de-escalation training, recruit a diverse police force, increase civilian oversight, and invest in updating LAPD technological capacity including closed-circuit cameras [1]. 

Gun Policy

Yebri supports increasing investment in gun buy-back and anti-gun trafficking initiatives. He wants to more strictly enforce city laws banning untraceable guns [1].

Infrastructure

Yebri supports expanding public transportation, and wants to increase pedestrian and cyclist safety through traffic mitigation efforts, infrastructure repairs and updates, and mobility lanes. He wants to invest in parks, green space, and urban forests. Yebri wants to invest in fire prevention and safety services, as well as reducing blight by cleaning and beautifying neighborhoods [1]. 

Environment

Yebri wants to improve air quality by reducing car traffic, investing in public transportation and green spaces, and incentivizing telecommuting. He supports incentivizing and subsidizing local and decentralized solar energy installation and battery storage. He wants to increase climate resiliency by funding resiliency projects such as resilience hubs, updating the county’s emergency preparedness plans, investing in green spaces and cooling stations, and publicizing resources. He wants to establish and fund an Environmental Enforcement Commission and create an environmental compliance Strike Force of trained inspectors to inspect and investigate pollution [1]. 

Water

Yebri wants to reduce reliance on imported water by capturing stormwater, reusing groundwater, and conserving water through the city’s utility [1]. 

Energy

Yebri wants to phase out oil and gas drilling by implementing and enforcing robust inspections of active wells, updating and increasing bonding requirements, and requiring the plugging of idle and illegal wells. He supports 24/7 emissions monitoring requirements, reinstituting oil extraction fees, increasing pipeline franchise fees, and enforcing and increasing padlock ordinances to immediately shut down drill sites after violations. He wants to have oil drilling deemed a non-conforming land use and work with oil operators to transition drilling sites into green spaces and housing, retrain and transition workers to other high-paying jobs, and transition fossil fuel businesses into sustainable green infrastructure industries [1].

Social Programs

Yebri wants to promote animal welfare by increasing protections for service and emotional support animals and their owners, programs to keep unhoused people and their pets together, protections for ocean and marine life, and outlawing trophy hunting [1]. 

Housing

Yebri wants to increase affordable and workforce housing by protecting existing affordable housing units, enforcing affordable housing covenants, and prioritizing cost-effective acquisition of existing apartment buildings, motels, and hotels. He wants to reduce construction timeliness and cost by streamlining the process for funding, permitting, and developing new affordable and workforce housing projects [1].

Homelessness

Yebri wants to proactively address homelessness by increasing rental subsidies, expanding rental assistance programs, increasing tenant protections, providing counsel for tenants in eviction proceedings, and simplifying and scaling the Section 8 voucher program. He supports investing in mental health and addiction services and facilities, providing assistance for LGBTQ+ and foster youth, and developing job training and employment assistance programs. He wants to increase short-term shelter and housing options, increase shelter safety, and provide housing, mental health and addiction treatment, and employment assistance for veterans [1]. 

Corruption

Yebri wants to address corruption within the LA City Government by increasing the independent oversight authority of the LA City Ethics Commission and the City Controller’s Office, implementing campaign finance reform and public campaign financing, establishing an independent redistricting commission, and increasing the number of City Council districts. He supports establishing robust guidelines for preventing conflicts of interest for councilmembers [1].

Endorsements

AFSCME Local 1083 (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees); ANCA – WR (Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region); CCA (Central City Association of Los Angeles); Democrats for Israel – Los Angeles; Ethiopian Democratic Club of Los Angeles; Hollywood Chamber of Commerce PAC; Iranian American Democrats of California IUPAT, DC 36 (International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 36); ICAN (Israeli-American Civic Action Network); ILWU Local 94 (International Longshore and Warehouse Union); Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (LA Jobs PAC); Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed); Los Angeles Food and Beverage Political Action Committee (California Restaurant Association); Progressive Zionists of California; San Pedro Democratic Club; Sprinkler Fitters U.A. Local 709; Southern California Armenian Democrats; The Korea Daily; West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; United Association, Local Union 250 UFLAC, Local 112 (United Firefighters of Los Angeles City); Hon. Nanette Barragán, United States Congressmember; Hon. Marc Berman, California Assemblymember; Hon. Lili Bosse, Councilmember and Former Mayor, City of Beverly Hills; Hon. Barry Brucker, Former Mayor, City of Beverly Hills; Hon. Joe Buscaino, Los Angeles City Councilmember; Hon. Kirk Cartozian, Former Mayor, City of Downey; Hon. Jay Chen, President, Mt. San Antonio Community College Board of Trustees; Hon. Jimmy Delshad, Former Mayor, City of Beverly Hills; Hon. Myra Demeter, Ph.D., Former President, Beverly Hills Unified School District Board; Hon. Steven Fenton, Former Member, Beverly Hills Unified School District Board; Hon. Paulette Francis, Councilmember, City of Gardena; Hon. Julian Gold, Councilmember and Former Mayor, City of Beverly Hills; Hon. John Harabedian, Councilmember and Former Mayor, City of Sierra Madre; Hon. Dave Jones, Former California State Insurance Commissioner and California Assemblymember; Hon. Ardashes “Ardy” Kassakhian, Glendale City Councilmember; Hon. Wally Knox, Former California Assemblymember; Hon. Georgia Mercer, Former President, Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees; Hon. John Mirisch, Councilmember and Former Mayor, City of Beverly Hills; Hon. Holly J. Mitchell, Los Angeles County Supervisor; Hon. Zein Obagi, Redondo Beach City Councilmember; Hon. Ray Pearl, Westlake Village City Councilmember; Hon. Curren Price, Los Angeles City Councilmember; Dr. Sion Roy, Member, Santa Monica College Board of Trustees; Hon. Henry Stern, California State Senator; Hon. Henry Waxman, Former United States Congressmember; Hon. Robert Wunderlich, Councilmember and Vice Mayor, City of Beverly Hills; Hon. Sunny Zia, Member, Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees; David Ambroz, Former Commissioner, Los Angeles City Planning Commission; Elissa Barrett, Human Rights Attorney; Former Los Angeles City Redistricting Commissioner; Lucie Bava, Former Executive Director, Women For; Former Commissioner, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls; Former President and Traffic Safety Chair, Cheviot Hills Homeowners Association (CHHHOA); Donna Bojarsky, Former Los Angeles County Commissioner; Marc Carrel, Los Angeles County Commissioner; Victor Cuevas, Former Los Angeles City Commissioner; Marty Cooper, Past Chair, Los Angeles Quality & Productivity Commission; Ana Teresa Dahan, Former Los Angeles City Commissioner, Commission on the Status of Women; Former Los Angeles City Commissioner, City Ethics Commission; Former Commissioner, LAUSD Redistricting Commission; Tony de Los Reyes, Former Los Angeles City Police Commissioner; Bert Deixler, Former Los Angeles City Ethics and Police Oversight Commissioner; Hon. Bruce Einhorn, Retired Federal Immigration Judge Gabriel Esparza, Former Los Angeles City Commissioner; Joyce Foster, Past President, West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission (WLA APC); Past Vice President, Los Angeles Board of Building & Safety Commissioners; Past Board Member, Film LA; Patricia L. Glaser, Blue Ribbon Committee Member, Los Angeles Police Commission; Board Member, Geffen Playhouse; Justo Gonzalez, Former Los Angeles City Commissioner; Cathy Gott, Los Angeles County Commissioner; Lisa Greer, California State Commissioner; Daniel Gryczman, Former Los Angeles City Commissioner; Dr. Morgan Hakimi, Former Los Angeles County Commissioner; Rex Heinke, Board of Governors, State Bar of California; Robert Kalunian, Former Los Angeles County Counsel and Chief Deputy Public Defender; Mitch Kamin, Commissioner, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA); Caroline Kelly, Former Los Angeles County Commissioner; Hon. George H. King, Retired United States District Court Judge; Robin Kramer, Former Los Angeles City Harbor Commissioner; David Lash, Former California State Bar Commissioner; Guy Lipa, Former Los Angeles City Commissioner; John Ly, Los Angeles City Commissioner, Transportation Commission; Hon. A. Howard Matz, Retired United States District Court Judge; Kenneth Millman, Former Van Nuys Airport Citizens Advisory Councilmember; Samantha Millman, President, Los Angeles City Planning Commission; Douglas Mirell, Former Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Commissioner; Dr. Sharona R. Nazarian, Los Angeles County Commissioner; David Pollock, Past Executive Committee Member, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation; Hon. Joseph Reichmann, Retired United States Magistrate Court Judge; Andrew Ritter, Former Los Angeles City Commissioner; Ira Ritter, Former California State Commissioner, California Prison Industry Authority; Shelley Rivlin, Co-Chair, LAUSD Commission on Human Relations, Diversity & Equity; Steve Robinson, Former Los Angeles City Commissioner; Al Rosen, Former City of Santa Monica Housing Commissioner; Former Member, City of Santa Monica Sustainable City Task Force and Solar Santa Monica Advisory Board; Mark Rothman, Former Los Angeles City Commissioner; Past Board Chair, Alcott Center for Mental Health Services; Alex Rubalcava, Former Los Angeles City Commissioner; Rob Saltzman, Former Los Angeles City Police Commissioner; Former Los Angeles City Ethics Commissioner; Heidi Segal, Los Angeles County Commissioner; Cathy Siegel Weiss, Community Leader; Majib Siddiquee, Former Los Angeles Convention and Exhibition Center Authority Commissioner; Nancy Solomon, Former Los Angeles County Equity Oversight Panel Member; Glenn Sonnenberg, Former Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commissioner ; Paul Sweeney, Former Los Angeles City Commissioner; Daniel Tenenbaum, Vice-Chair, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles Board of Commissioners (HACLA); Board Chair, California Apartment Association (CAA); Jane Usher, Past President, Los Angeles City Planning Commission; Howard Welinsky, Former California State Commissioner; Adlai Wertman, Former Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension Fund Commissioner; Hon. Jeffrey K. Winikow, Retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge; Leeor Alpern, President Emeritus, Democrats for Israel Los Angeles (DFI); Melissa Balaban, CEO and Founder, IKAR; Marc Bauer, Board of Trustees, VoteRiders; Caron Spector Berkley, Co-Chair, Democrats for Israel-Orange County (DFI-OC); Noah Berkowitz, Founder, LA Election Project; Daniel Bral, Appointed Delegate, California Democratic Party; Michele Breslauer, Former Board Chair, LA Family Housing; Susan Brooks, President-Elect, South Coast Interfaith Council; Legislative Advocate, Moms of Black Boys United for Social Change; Primo J. Castro, Regional Director for Region 15, California Democratic Party (CDP); Damian Carroll, Elected Member, Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley (DPSFV); Rabbi Kenneth Chasen, Community Leader Nancy Sher Cohen, Past President, Bet Tzedek; Philip E. Cook, Past Board Chair, Public Counsel; Andrea Beth Damsky, Democratic Party Activist Derek Devermont, Member, Democratic National Committee (DNC); Scott Edelman, Board Member, Alliance for Children’s Rights; Past Board Chair, KCET* Ross Erlich, Criminal Justice Activist; Matthew Finkelstein, Board Member, Progressive Zionists of California (PZC); Carolyn Fowler, Chair, California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus; Member, Democratic National Committee (DNC); Susan Freudenheim, Former Executive Director, Jewish World Watch (JWW); Jonathan Friedman, Former Vice President & Treasurer, Democrats for Israel (DFI); Elizabeth Garfield, Former Board of Trustees Member, Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD); Susan George, Delegate, California Democratic Party; Executive Director, Progressive Zionists of California (PZC); Joe Goldman, Past Board Member, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club; Past Board Member, The Jewish Film Institute; Naama Haviv, Anti-Hunger Activist Irv Hershenbaum, Labor Leader; Pamela Hope, Progressive Activist Ada Horwich, Founding Board Member, Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA); Moez Kaba, Board Member and Former Secretary, Equality California; Board Member, Bet Tzedek; Cameron Kalunian, Former Delegate, California Democratic Party; Mitch Kamin, Past President/CEO, Bet Tzedek Legal Services; Nick Karno, Environmental Leader; President/Founder, Climate Cents; Abby Kingsley, Former Delegate, Democratic National Convention (DNC); Rabbi Jonathan Klein, Labor Leader; Kiyomi Kowalski, Delegate, Los Angeles County Democratic Party*; DEI Educator; Fred Kramer, Board Member and Past Board Chair, IKAR; Board Member and Treasurer, Climate Cents; Paul Kujawsky, Secretary/General Counsel, Progressive Zionists of California (PZC); Zuzana Riemer Landres, Community Leader; Allison Lee, Community Leader; Jason Levin, Former Vice President, Los Angeles County Young Democrats (LACYD); Stanley Levy, Founder, Bet Tzedek; Founding Executive Director, Public Counsel; Micha Liberman, Elected Delegate, California Democratic Party; Vice President, Democrats for Israel-CA; Paula & Barry Litt, Civil Rights Activist/Civil Rights Attorney; Luis Lopez, Board Member, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles; Member, East Area Progressive Democrats; Marcia Weiner Mankoff, Past Board Member, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles; Arya Marvazy, LGBTQ+ Activist and Community Organizer; Lisa Mead, Co-Founder, USC Law School Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF); Alex Menenberg, Board of Directors, Bet Tzedek; Emily Kane Miller, Board Member, OneJustice; Kipp Mueller, Founder, The Resurgent Left PAC; Political Chair of New Lawyers Division, Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC); Nicole Mutchnik, Chair, Women’s Political Committee; DNC National Finance Committee; Radmehr Nowroozi, Elected Delegate, California Democratic Party; Debbie Paperman, Board Member, Democrats for Israel Los Angeles (DFI); Lauren Post, Progressive Organizer; Stephen Rohde, Past Chair, ACLU Foundation of Southern California; Chair Emeritus, Bend the Arc: a Jewish Partnership for Justice; Dr. Sion Roy, Past President, Santa Monica Democratic Club; Ari Ruiz, Former President, Stonewall Young Democrats; Former Executive Board Member, California Democratic Party LGBT Caucus; Joe Sanberg, Entrepreneur; Anti-Poverty Advocate; Marc Seltzer, Past President and Board Member, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles; Dan Shallman, Board Member, Bet Tzedek; Nazila Shokrian-Barlava, Alternate Public Defender; Todd Shotz, Board Co-Chair, JQ International; Rasha Gerges Shields, President, Arab American Lawyers Association of Southern California; Adam Sieff, Former Board Member, Los Angeles County Young Democrats (LACYD); Arthur Silbergeld, Board Member, Human Rights Watch; Rachel Sumekh, Anti-Hunger and Poverty Activist; Lawrence Trilling, Progressive Leader; Sam Wald, Former Board Member, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA); Lee Wallach, Environmental Leader; Palms Community Leader; Joseph Ybarra, Board of Directors, Liberty Hill Foundation; Reuben Zadeh, Controller, Stonewall Democrats

Sources

1 Sam For LA
2 Facebook
3 Ballotpedia
4 Twitter
5 LA Times
6 Daily News
7 Instagram
8 Builders of Jewish Education
9 Yebri Mediation Services
10 Voters Edge