Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell is a dedicated public servant and longtime community activist. Since 2013, Mitch has represented the communities of the 13th District, which includes Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Historic Filipinotown, Hollywood, Larchmont Village, Little Armenia, Melrose Hill, Rampart Village, Ridgewood-Wilton, Silver Lake, Spaulding Square, St. Andrews Square, Sunset Square, Thai Town, Verdugo Village, Virgil Village, Western-Wilton, Westlake, and Windsor Square.
Mitch grew up in a union household, is a lifelong athlete and animal lover, and is one of only two LGBTQ+ Councilmembers in Los Angeles. A member of the Wyandotte Nation, Mitch is also the first person of Native American heritage to serve on the Los Angeles City Council. At the beginning of his first term as Councilmember, Mitch was sworn into office on the banks of the Los Angeles by Chief Billy Friend of the Wyandotte Nation.
Years of public service preceded Mitch’s election to the City Council, and he brought with him a passion for safe neighborhoods and strong communities. Since taking office, Mitch has led on many issues of importance in the City, including: achieving 100% carbon-neutral power in Los Angeles by 2035; reducing homelessness; providing access and resources to seniors; safety for children and families, especially near schools; enhancing and protecting public spaces; improving commercial corridors while enhancing the pedestrian and bicycle experience; issues related to LGBTQ+ equity and visibility; historic preservation; and environmental restoration of and accessibility to the Los Angeles River, where he has championed five bridge projects to better connect the neighborhoods that embrace the waterway.
Mitch is widely recognized as a leader in the production and protection of affordable housing. In recent years, under his leadership the 13th District has seen the construction of more covenanted affordable housing units than in all but one other Council District - outpacing the Council District average by more than 100%.
Now in his second term, Mitch has continued to lead. He has successfully worked with state and county partners to bring billions of dollars in funding to address the City’s homelessness crisis. In 2017, Mitch spearheaded the City’s efforts to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day, setting an example for other jurisdictions across the United States.
Mitch has also helped lead the City’s response to COVID-19, including: the establishment of the largest rental relief program in the country; providing over $1 million in direct grants to small businesses and theatres in the 13th District; monthly food distribution events for needy families; “hero pay” for grocery workers; and providing vaccines for nearly 3,000 residents and workers in the 13th District, with a focus on historically underserved communities.
On the City Council, Mitch currently serves as the Chair of the Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Los Angeles River Committee, where he works tirelessly to achieve 100% carbon-neutral power in the City and build a greener Los Angeles for generations to come.