LA Council District 5 Election Guide: Yaroslavsky vs. Yebri

Yebri and Yaroslavsky have a lot in common: Both are lawyers in their early forties with young children. They each spent part of their childhood living in the neighborhood and have broadly similar views on many topics, although they differ in some respects. Both are Democrats.

Yaroslavsky has deep family roots in local politics — his stepfather is Zev Yaroslavsky, who represented District 5 on the city council for nearly two decades, and his mother was LA District Manager for Supervisor Sheila Kuehl when Kuehl was in the State Assembly.

Prior to racing, Yaroslavsky worked for Kuehl for more than six years, handling public health, environmental issues and the arts for the county supervisor. She began her career as a land use lawyer at Latham & Watkins, a politically influential law firm where she also lobbied, and spent several years at an environmental nonprofit.

Yebri comes from a family of Iranian refugees who arrived in the United States in 1983 when he was very young.

He co-founded a Century City law firm and served on several nonprofit boards, including Bet Tzedek, where he assisted legal clinics and handled tenants’ cases pro bono. He previously served on the Los Angeles Public Service Commission and the City Attorney’s Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. He also co-founded 30 Years After, an Iranian-American Jewish civic organization based in Los Angeles.