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Jose Huizar on the contested race for council seat, and future of Downtown revitalization




Los Angeles City Council member Jose Huizar leads a press conference about the Operation Healthy Streets initiative at the Volunteers of America building near Skid Row.
Los Angeles City Council member Jose Huizar leads a press conference about the Operation Healthy Streets initiative at the Volunteers of America building near Skid Row.
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The race for the 14th District City Council seat got interesting last month, when outgoing LA County supervisor Gloria Molina decided to throw her hat in the ring against incumbent Jose Huizar. The 14th District includes Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Downtown Los Angeles -- communities that have experienced dramatic changes in the last several years.

But one thing that has not changed is the rate of homelessness. Huizar has asked for a ‘Homeless czar’ to oversee operations affecting the homeless, an effort that could work in conjunction with the city’s $3.7 million Operation Healthy Streets program. 

Huizar has also been in the spotlight lately because of a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against him by one of his former aides. A settlement was announced this morning, as well as the fact that the city will not be pay anything. The city was on the hook, however, for $200,000 in his legal fees.

Last week, Larry talked to Molina about the upcoming race. Today, he checks in with Huizar.

Guest:

Jose Huizar, Los Angeles City Councilmember since 2005 for the 14th District - encompassing Downtown LA, Boyle Heights, El Sereno. He’s seeking reelection for a third term in the district in March 2015