Nithya Raman on progressive values and change for LA

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“I think this changing of the elections and the work that campaigns did to get the word out about the importance of local elections — really had an impact in getting those progressive values reflected in the election results,” says Nithya Raman. Photo courtesy of Nithya Raman.

Nithya Raman is the new City Council member representing LA’s District 4, which covers Griffith Park, Silver Lake, the Hollywood Hills and part of Koreatown. The urban planner from Silver Lake is replacing incumbent David Ryu, who held the seat for years. She talks to KCRW about getting involved with politics, addressing homelessness in LA, and how progressive values were reflected in the 2020 election.