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Four Neighborhood Councils to Host CD5 and CD13 Candidate Forums at The Ebell of Los Angeles Thursday May 26

Two candidate forums — one for LA City Council District 5 (CD5) and one for LA City Council District 13 (CD13) — co-hosted by the Greater Wilshire and Echo Park Neighborhood Councils on Thursday, May 26th at 6:00pm at the Ebell of Los Angeles and on livestream.


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Two candidate forums — one for LA City Council District 5 (CD5) and one for LA City Council District 13 (CD13) — will be co-hosted by the Greater Wilshire and Echo Park Neighborhood Councils on May 26th beginning at 6:00pm at the Ebell of Los Angeles. The event will be co-sponsored by the Mid City West and Palms Neighborhood Councils.

All certified candidates for each City Council District will be participating in their respective forum. The forums will be hosted in the Dining Room at the historic Ebell of Los Angeles. The CD5 forum will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., followed by a brief intermission. The CD13 forum will begin after the intermission at 7:30 pm.

“With so much of our lives taking place over Zoom these past two plus years, we felt it was important to have face-to-face candidate forums,” said Conrad Starr, President of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. “Our Neighborhood Council covers two Council Districts and collaborating with other groups for one of the last forums before election day gives more people a final chance to evaluate the candidates.”

Gabriela Sotomayor from the Palms Neighborhood Council added, “We are thrilled to be partnering with the other NC’s in this endeavor, and are looking forward to providing stakeholders with an opportunity to continue to learn more about each of the candidates, their priorities, and how said priorities align with the Greater Los Angeles community.”

The CD13 Forum will be moderated by Larchmont Buzz co-editor and publisher Patricia Lombard. Candidates Albert Corado, Steve Johnson, Mitch O’Farrell (incumbent), Kate Pynoos, and Hugo Soto-Martinez will be asked questions in a random order.

“With so many great candidates running in CD 13, the residents of the district needed an opportunity to hear directly from the candidates,” said Echo Park Neighborhood Council member Mansoor Khan. “The Echo Park Neighborhood Council is proud to play a part in making that happen with this forum.”

The CD5 Forum will be moderated by five-time Emmy award winner, Elex Michaelson from Fox 11. Candidates Jimmy Biblarz, Scott Epstein, Sam Yebri, and Katy Young Yaroslavsky will answer rapid response and long form questions.

Dre Guttag, Outreach and Civic Engagement Chair for the Mid City West Neighborhood Council said, “We’re especially excited about the format for our first in person forum. The candidates will be asked direct questions that will force them to lock firmly into policy positions. And, for the first time this election cycle, candidates will be given free response time where they can dig deeply into their own marquee issues in hopes of setting themselves apart from other candidates.”

The forum organizers for CD5 would like to hear from voters in the District on the issues that are of interest. Please email the following with your questions for the candidates: [email protected]

Taking place just twelve days before Election Day on June 7th, this is one of the final opportunities local voters will have to judge the candidates before casting their ballots. This event is a cooperative effort of four neighborhood councils, representing broad swaths of both council districts.

Event Address:
The Ebell of Los Angeles – Dining Room
743 S. Lucerne Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90005

The forums are free and open to the public. Please register at:

For those unable to attend in person, the forums will also be available via Zoom.

Directly after the CD5 Forum, there will be a meet and greet with all four CD5 candidates.

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800 S. La Brea, 90036
RSVP needed – [email protected]

For more information, please contact: [email protected]


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