Mitch O’Farrell has served as Councilmember of the 13th District since July of 2013. Mitch is passionate about safe neighborhoods and improving the quality of life in Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Historic Filipinotown, Hollywood, Little Armenia, Mid-Wilshire/Koreatown, Thai Town and Silver Lake.
Years of public service preceded Mitch being elected to the Los Angeles City Council. He brought with him a strong background of working with government on every level. During his first term in office, Mitch has made a strong impact on children and family safety in our neighborhoods, improved commercial corridors while enhancing pedestrian and bicycle safety, and has set the Los Angeles River on a path to environmental restoration and sustainability by pioneering the first permanent revenue stream for long term improvements.
MItch is the Chair of the City’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee, and has overseen the production of over 1,000 units of affordable housing in the 13th District since he took office. An ordinance that he authored will help address the displacement crises gripping the city because of skyrocketing rents by requiring developers to build low cost housing as part of every project that needs an approval through the city. He is reforming City policy to help small, neighborhood-serving businesses and collaborating with the entertainment industry to make sure we can grow our signature industry and the good paying jobs that come with it.
Mitch lives with his partner of 24 years, George Brauckman, in Glassell Park, and is the first openly gay person to be elected to the 13th Council District seat.