Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu conceded defeat in his race for re-election against urban planner Nithya Raman on Friday, becoming the first council member in 17 years to be ousted by an opponent. Raman will join the council as it confronts a massive budget shortfall, a growing homelessness crisis, and a deadly pandemic, representing a district that takes in Sherman Oaks, Hancock Park, Los Feliz, the Miracle Mile, and much of the Hollywood Hills.
“Homelessness, corruption and an eviction crisis cannot be solved by any one person alone. It will take all of our best efforts and good faith to build the future we need in Los Angeles,” he said.
Raman, 39, and Councilman-elect Mark Ridley-Thomas, who won the election to represent a Koreatown-to-Crenshaw district, are scheduled to take office Dec. 14. Raman’s campaign did not immediately comment.
Raman, who had the endorsement of Bernie Sanders, worked closely with such grassroots activist groups as the Democratic Socialists of America-Los Angeles and Ground Game L.A. She campaigned on proposals for setting up community access centers for homeless residents and making the Los Angeles Police Department a much smaller, specialized armed force.