Four candidates are vying to replace Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz in District 5, an affluent area that stretches from the hillside mansions of Bel-Air to Hancock Park. If no candidate gets more than 50% on Tuesday, the top two voters will head to a runoff on Nov. 8.
The district covers upscale Westside communities such as Bel-Air, Cheviot Hills, Rancho Park and Westwood as well as Hancock Park and the Fairfax district to the east. It includes LACMA, La Brea Tar Pits, The Grove, Beverly Center, Century City, UCLA, Farmers Market, Academy Museum, and Westwood Village.
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Homelessness, housing and public safety — issues of concern across the city — also loom large in District 5. Of the four contenders, Biblarz and Epstein took more left-leaning stances, signing a pledge “ no new cops” and denouncing the city’s anti-camping law, which allows council members to designate certain schools, parks and libraries as off-limits to homeless encampments. Yebri and Yaroslavsky, the daughter-in-law of longtime Los Angeles politician Zev Yaroslavsky, offered slightly more middle-of-the-road positions, supporting more mental health workers, but also saying the LAPD needs more funding and support. more officers. Both have come out in favor of the anti-encampment law, although Yebri is much more vocal about its use.
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