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Los Angeles City Council District 4 Debate: Incumbent Councilmember David Ryu Faces Off Against Challenger Nithya Raman




Councilmember David Ryu speaks onstage during the Stories From The Front Line charity program at the Ebell of Los Angeles on February 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Councilmember David Ryu speaks onstage during the Stories From The Front Line charity program at the Ebell of Los Angeles on February 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
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As part of AirTalk’s continuing coverage of the 2020 elections, we’ve been bringing you discussions over the last two months to get you up to speed on the major state and county ballot propositions and local races that you’ll need to know about when filling out your ballot, if you haven’t done so already.

Today, we’re bringing you the candidates running to represent Los Angeles City Council District 4, which as KPCC/LAist politics reporter Libby Denkmann describes it, “contorts over the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, including Coldwater Canyon, Sunset Hills and Laurel Canyon. It juts off for several square miles of Sherman Oaks, then rolls over the Cahuenga Pass through Griffith Park and down to Los Feliz, sprouting an arm northward to embrace Toluca Lake.

Finally the CD 4 boundary grows a hook down Highland Avenue, through a slice of Hollywood, grabbing the neighborhoods of Larchmont, Hancock Park and part of Koreatown.” The race features incumbent Councilmember David Ryu, who became the first Korean American to be on L.A. City Council when he won a 2015 race for his seat, previously held by Tom LaBonge, and challenger Nithya Raman, an urban planner and community advocate who co-founded SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition and who also sits on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Homelessness Committee.

Have questions for the candidates? Share them with us at 866-893-5722 or tweet us @AirTalk.

With files from LAist

For more on the race for CD 4 from KPCC/LAist politics reporter Libby Denkmann, click here. You can also visit elections.laist.com where you can find more information on the individual races and propositions that will appear on your ballot.

Guests: 

David Ryu, Los Angeles City Councilmember representing District 4, which stretches from Sherman Oaks through Griffith Park to Miracle Mile and includes Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Los Feliz and Koreatown;  his campaign tweets @davidryu4u

Nithya Raman, candidate for Los Angeles City Council District 4, urban planner and community advocate; in 2017 she co-founded SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition, an outreach organization that provides meals and support to homeless communities in neighborhoods including Echo Park, East Hollywood, Silver Lake and Cypress Park, and also co-chairs the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council's Homelessness Committee; she tweets @nithyavraman