Opinion: Your next mayor answers: What’s the biggest problem in L.A. and how would you fix it?


It’s election time again. On March 7, Los Angeles voters will cast ballots for their mayor. Eric Garcetti is running for reelection, and he has 10 challengers. Want to know a little bit more about the candidates?

We invited them in for an interview and to make a short Facebook Live video in which they answered a single question: What is the biggest problem facing Los Angeles and how would you address it as mayor?

The biggest problems, said the nine who came in for interviews, are the lack of good-paying jobs, not enough affordable housing, poor public safety, secrecy in City Hall, and red tape and high taxes that chase away businesses.

Their solutions? You’ll have to check out the videos. (Heads up: The first few seconds of the videos are blurry but the candidates come in loud and clear.)

YJ J Draiman, neighborhood council board member

Dennis Richter, factory worker

Eric Garcetti, mayor

David Hernandez, community advocate

Paul E. Amori, creative artist

David “Zuma Dogg” Saltsburg, community activist

Diane “Pinky” Harman, retired educator, actor

Mitchell Jack Schwartz, small-business person

Eric Preven, writer/producer

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