Councilman O’Farrell endorses Bray-Ali in 1st District race; City Hall targets Ellis Act evictions; East L.A. bookstore expands to Boyle Heights

Eastside Scene: Elysian Park | Mary-Austin Klein

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  • 13th District Councilman Mitch O’Farrell endorsed political newcomer Joe Bray-Ali over incumbent Gil Cedillo in the 1st Council District runoff election. It’s an unusual step for O’Farrell since City Council members usually back each other when they come up for reelection. O’Farrell said Bray-Ali, a cycling advocate and former bike shop owner, would be an “independent voice at City Hall,” reports The L.A. Times. The Cedillo camp said the O’Farrell endorsement contradicts Bray-Ali’s stance as an outsider and also criticized him for having registered as a Republican for several years before switching back to a Democrat. Bray-Ali said he had changed his affiliation because he had become disillusioned with the Democratic party. The run off election will be held on May 16.
  • A proposal to make it harder and more costly for landlords to evict tenants under the Ellis Act moved forward at City Hall. One of the provisions would require developers who use the Ellis Act to remove rentals from the market is to require them to build affordable housing to replace demolished rent-controlled units. Curbed L.A.
  • The owners of Seite Books in East Los Angeles have expanded into Boyle Heights with Other Books, a shop that carries new and used books, comics and zines. Jacket Copy

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