Mitch O’Farrell has built a solid reputation of improving the quality of life for constituents in the 13th Council District. His plans include creating opportunities for more affordable housing; reforming City policy to help small, neighborhood businesses drive the local economy; and working with his colleagues, the Mayor, and the entertainment industry to halt runaway production.
The Councilmember's district is the most diverse in the city, including the neighborhoods Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Historic Filipinotown, Hollywood, Little Armenia, Mid-Wilshire/Koreatown, Rampart Village, and Silver Lake.
Mitch began his public service in 2002 under the leadership of then Councilmember Eric Garcetti. Mitch’s experience as a field deputy, district director, and senior advisor to the former City Council President have given him the experience to make government work better for people across the 13th District.
Mitch was elected to office on May 21, 2013 to succeed now Mayor Eric Garcetti as the Councilmember of the 13th district. The newly elected councilmember held a ceremonial swearing-in event at Marsh Street Park on Saturday June 29 2013, and started his term on July 1.
Council President Herb Wesson assigned Mitch as Chair of the Arts, Parks, and Los Angeles River committee; Chair of Entertainment and Facilities; and a committee member of Economic Development committee, Energy and Environment committee, Public Safety committee, Public Works and Gang Reduction committee, as well as the ad hoc committee for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Mitch is deeply passionate about giving back to his community and preserving local habitats and open space. He has held leadership positions in several non-profit organizations such as the California Wilderness Coalition, and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, an organization that provides after-school classical music lessons to children in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He also volunteered for Project Angel Food, delivering hot meals to those who are home bound and living with HIV.
Mitch’s great appreciation for the environment and his surroundings come from his rural upbringing in Oklahoma. Mitch lived on a small farm until the age of 7 when he moved to the city. By living in the countryside and in the city, Mitch has developed a keen perspective on the values and needs of both rural and urban lifestyles and peoples.
Mitch was raised in a humble, working class family along with his brother and two sisters. His father was a union truck driver while his mother was an administrative assistant. Mitch’s father’s job required him to drive out to Los Angeles several times a year, fueling Mitch’s dream to eventually move to the bustling city on his own. Mitch’s simple childhood has enabled him to realize importance of having access to resources for a comfortable, fulfilling life.
As a member of the Wyandotte Native American tribe, Mitch was sworn into office by Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend along the LA River on June 29th, 2013, and officially with the Mayor and his newly elected Council colleagues on June 30, 2013.
In addition to the rest of the 13th Council District, Mitch understands the importance of Hollywood, its history, and its brand as a unique one-of-a-kind destination place for the rest of the world.
Mitch is working to enhance Hollywood’s reputation as a world class neighborhood to live, do business, and visit. It is an economic driver for the rest of Los Angeles as the entertainment capital of the world and a worldwide destination for tourists.
The Councilmember is also deeply passionate about --and plans to tackle-- the degradation of the environment. He believes that Los Angeles, as a community, must take responsibility at the local level in order to help relieve global environmental damage. He plans to help the community realize the consequences that their actions may have on the rest of the planet and ultimately attain a greater level of consciousness regarding the environmental crisis. Mitch wants to ensure that Los Angeles becomes a leader in the protection and preservation of the environment and wildlife.
One of Mitch’s most important projects is the LA River, the birthplace of Los Angeles, and a representation of the city’s future and the endless possibilities it presents. The LA River was Los Angeles’ main water source up until one hundred years ago when it was channelized during the Great Floods and later neglected due to the beginning of the automotive age. Mitch believes that the LA River project will enable Angelenos to re-orient themselves to the river and enjoy the natural landmark recreationally, aesthetically as well as economically.
Mitch and his partner, George Brauckman, live together in Glassell Park with their dog, Speedy. As an avid animal lover, Mitch plans to make animal welfare one of his main concerns during his time in office. His great respect and passion for animals has always been a significant aspect of his life. Mitch strongly believes that in order to become better human beings we must learn to be humane and treat animals with the respect and care that they deserve.
As an openly gay councilmember, Mitch plans to work with the Gay and Lesbian Center to help provide the LGBT community with strength and guidance. It is of tremendous importance to Mitch that he ensures that no gay, lesbian, transgender or questioning young person feel like he or she is alone. Mitch is determined to work with advocates in the community to pay tribute to the great and long history of the LGBT community in the 13th District. Mitch plans to maintain the visibility of the LGBT community and cement its place in mainstream society.