Mitch O'Farrell, LA City Councilmember

Balancing Community Interests | LA City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell

Appearing in Public Administration Review, Prof. Evan Berman wrote a piece entitled “Dealing With Cynical Citizens” stating “widespread concern exists about public cynicism toward government.”  And that “manifestations of public cynicism include pervasive believe that government policies and public officials are corrupt, inept, or out to take advantage of citizens.”

Addressing the myriad challenges faced by any city leader, and balancing sometimes conflicting interests of diverse constituencies, CivitasLA is joined for its 50th episode by Los Angeles City Council President Pro Tem Mitch O’Farrell.  Representing over 250,000 residents of the 13th District, O’Farrell has engaged citizens across one of the most diverse districts in this region.  Distinct communities within the district includes the neighborhoods of Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Historic Filipinotown, Hollywood, Mid-Wilshire/Koreatown, Rampart Village, and Silver Lake. 

As shared by one of his former colleagues, “There is no one I can think of who is more committed to his district.” Sharing his own perspective on governance and representation, the Councilmember has stated “I am committed to being a resource for any and all without judgment. That’s my philosophy on public service and constituent service.”  To learn more about the work of Councilmember O’Farrell and his team’s efforts to improve the quality of life in their district, please visit:

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