A Conversation With Katy Young Yaroslavsky: A New Generation Takes Over In Council District 5
September 28, 2023 from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Helms Design Center – 8745 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Last year, voters in Los Angeles’s 5th City Council District considered a slate of city council candidates who all marked a changing of the guard. The most recent in a long line of (all male) councilmembers from the Baby Boom era, Paul Koretz had represented the district for over 13 years before being termed out. In his place, Katy Young Yaroslavsky emerged victorious.
Though Yaroslavsky’s last name has been familiar to Angelenos since the 1970s, Katy–the daughter-in-law of Zev–is a relative newcomer to city politics and brings a vision very different from that of her successor. CD 5 has historically been cautious about new development, while Councilmember Yaroslavsky acknowledged the city’s housing crisis on the campaign trail and has expressed a willingness to welcome new homes to her district. And, being in the heart of the Westside, touching three of the Westside’s smaller cities, she represents a district that is a fulcrum for much of the city’s activity — including higher education (UCLA), business (Century City), and transportation (subway extension).
The Westside Urban Forum is pleased to welcome Councilmember Yaroslavsky for a candid discussion with longtime journalist and civic observer Warren Olney, formerly of KCRW.