Can Hugo Soto-Martinez help make LA City Council more progressive?

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LA City Hall is seen on a cloudy day, October 14, 2022. “Let's not continue to invest in a system that's already not working for the city. Let's try … a new vision of how to do things, a vision that other cities have tried, and it's been very effective,” says Hugo Soto-Martinez. Photo by Amy Ta.

LA City Councilmember-elect Hugo Soto-Martinez credits his South LA-based upbringing, union organizing, and time studying criminology at UC Irvine for giving him a different perspective on housing and policing.

Susan Straight wrote a love letter to SoCal with “Mecca,” her newest book. She tells a vivid tale of her many characters’ interwoven lives as the Santa Anas blow.