There are 11 candidates who have thrown their hats into the ring seeking a spot in the May election against Eric Garcetti.

This is a key election because anyone winning this race will serve a five and a half year term, due to a change in election scheduling.

Mayor Eric Garcetti

  • Helped persuade voters to approve taxes to finance a multibillion-dollar mass transit building plan and construction of housing for the homeless.

  • Persuaded the City Council to enact long-delayed legislation requiring building owners to strengthen buildings to withstand an earthquake.

  • “He’s a very collaborative leader — and he has gotten quite a bit done,” said Raphael Sonenshein, the executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs.

  • “He speaks well — even though he doesn’t accomplish well,” said Richard Riordan, a Republican, who was mayor of Los Angeles from 1993 to 2001. “He has no courage to take chances. He is essentially in favor of gentrifying the city, which is going to leave no room for the working poor.”

David Hernandez is making a second run for political office. However, rather than trying to nab a congressional spot this time the vice president of the Public Television Industry Corporation wants to run for mayor.

Pinky Harman is a long-time teaacher who came late to the race in February.

“My top priority would be to fix the infrastructure. We have pipes over 90 years old that are breaking. Pot holes in the streets.” She will aslo focus on the homeless epidemic and improving LAUSD.

Zuma Dogg is a crusader fighting for free-speech rights. He’s been able to do it with humor and substance.

“Homeless encampments are now spreading throughout the city, in places we’ve never seen. We must reduce the homeless encampments, and it’s an emergency, not just a crisis.” He also supports Measure S.

Mitchell Jack Schwafrtz

Top three priorities: Fixing the housing crisis by adding 300,000 new units in the next 10 years; prioritizing affordable housing, workforce housing, and homeless housing.

*Reforming the Department of Water and Power by demanding Commissioners be elected, a truly independent Ratepayer Advocate, and greater transparency.

*Restoring trust in City Hall by refusing donations from PACs and developers, shutting down the “Mayor’s Fund,” shutting down my fundraising committee when elected, and serving the full term.

YJ Draiman

“Our pension liability is growing and if its solvency is not addressed, it will put LA into bankruptcy, our infrastructure is deteriorating, our water source is diminished, our utility rates and taxes are climbing. This must not only stop, but it must be reversed.

“ I want to reinvigorate Los Angeles economic potential – it will take time and the effort of all the people of Los Angeles. We shall overcome these economic hardships if we work together as a unified force.”

Yuval Kremer

Community activist. “Two Cities”, a long-term reform proposal to break the City of LA into two new and equal cities, each with an elected Mayor, which would be called North Los Angeles (Valley Cityhood) and West Los Angeles.

Extending Rent Control (the city’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance) to all apartments/condos that are being rented in the City.

Preserving the character and scale of our neighborhoods, particularly with regard to height, by supporting the goals of the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative.

Paul Amori

Paul E. Amori, founder of the Love Party and three-time Mayor of the Lightning In A Bottle festival.

“With the nation’s largest homeless population, congested streets and highways, rising cost of living and crime, Los Angeles is in dire need of more love!”

“Cities are eco systems; one problem creates another just as one solution creates another. We can’t address a permanent solution to homelessness without also doing something to stem the skyrocketing cost of living and the housing shortage in Los Angeles that puts many Angelenos in jeopardy of losing their homes. UCLA recently released an alarming study that found that many L.A. County residents are fearful of potentially losing their homes and becoming homeless”

Dennis Ritchter

Jobs – Join with fellow workers to demand and fight for a government-funded public works program to create jobs at union-scale pay to replace crumbling infrastructure, build schools, medical & childcare centers; fight for $15 minimum wage and unions.

Defend democratic and workers’ rights–Defend right to organize unions, oppose deportations and E-verify, defend and guarantee women the right to choose; call for prosecuting cops who kill or brutalize working people.

Oppose Washington’s imperialist military attacks — from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria. Oppose scapegoating Muslims; and speak out against Jew-hatred, used to divert workers attention from failings of the capitalist system. Oppose embargo against Cuba.

Eric Preven

To ensure the health and safety of every member of the community.

To provide for good paying and fulfilling jobs for every Angeleno willing to work.

To promote an educational system of the highest caliber.