The love we've received, today and all week, has me at a loss for words. We're thrilled that our campaign to build a more just, sustainable LA is resonating.

But voting has begun. If we’re going to see this through and win, we need you now.

Here's how to help. (thread)
Texting and calling friends who live in the district about our campaign is the best way to help us win.

Here’s a CD4 map. It includes:
Sherman Oaks
Hollywood Hills
Toluca Lake
Los Feliz
Hancock Park
And parts of Silver Lake, Koreatown, and Hollywood.
Telling friends, co-workers, or family members in CD4 that you support our campaign is hugely impactful. Feel free to send them our policy platforms at!

If people want to see if they live in CD4, they can enter their address here:
Through Election Day, we have volunteers tabling around the city, safely chatting with residents and getting the word out about the campaign.

Want to volunteer? Sign up here:…
We’ve still got plenty of phone banking to do. Signing up for even one two-hour shift would be so helpful to us.

You can choose a shift at this link:
We’re obviously up against some pretty powerful forces in this race.

But we’ve got people power. That’s how we’ve gotten to this point -- and with your help right now, that’s how we’ll win.

Thank you for all your love and support so far.

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Today, we're releasing a comprehensive report on how it gets built, what slows it down, and how we can make the system work better.

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