The City Council’s 13th District was rocked last year when Los Angeles emptied a large homeless camp at Echo Park Lake, which became a flashpoint in the citywide debate over the way to respond to the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles.
Now four people are challenging Mitch O’Farrell, the incumbent who supported the Echo Park Lake cleanup. If no one receives a majority in Tuesday’s primary election – a likely scenario with such a wide field – the top two will face each other in the Nov. 8 runoff.
District 13 extends from Hollywood to Silver Lake and Echo Park south to MacArthur Park and north to Glassell Park.
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Homelessness has become a huge issue in racing. O’Farrell described Operation Echo Park as a success, saying it restored public access to the park and removed an encampment plagued by crime and heavy drug use. Corado, Pynoos and Soto-Martinez have criticized Operation Echo Park and pledged to repeal the city’s anti-camping law, which O’Farrell supports. There is also the question of the defunding, or even the abolition, of the police. O’Farrell says he opposes both ideas, hitting back at his rivals on this issue.
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