Meet Sam Yebri
I am honored to announce my candidacy for Los Angeles City Council to represent the 5th District.
My journey towards public service began nearly 40 years ago. When I was a year old, Los Angeles opened its arms to refugees from Iran, promising families like mine a brighter and safer future. We were blessed to rebuild our lives in Westwood, a warm community that enabled my family to live the American Dream. Our local public school, Fairburn Elementary School, provided me with a launching pad to Yale University, USC Law School, and a clerkship for Federal Judge Hon. A. Howard Matz.
Since then, I built a successful law firm in Century City, advocated for the rights of workers, tenants, and refugees, advised startups and small businesses, served our City as a commissioner on the Los Angeles Civil Service Commission and as a board member of the Friends of the Westwood Library, helped build affordable housing for adults with special needs, strengthened the Jewish community on numerous non-profit boards, and engaged thousands of immigrants and first-generation Americans in civic life by co-founding 30 Years After in 2007.
As my wife Leah and I raise our four young children in Westwood a few blocks from where I was raised, we continue to believe in the promise of Los Angeles. Our City’s best days can still be ahead of us. This is why I am asking you for the privilege of serving the 5th District as your Councilmember– to devote myself to the issues that mean the most to you, at this time when they matter the most.
But, we cannot transform our City without transforming our politics. Thus, my campaign will not accept contributions from those with business interests before City Hall, such as real estate developers and oil, gas, billboard, and cannabis companies. In the many months until this election in 2022, I will spend my time listening to residents throughout the 5th District to build a broad-based grassroots coalition to take on the powerful forces within City Hall.
As I begin this journey, I am proud to have earned the endorsements of many leading political and community leaders, including legendary Congressman Henry A. Waxman, one of the greatest legislators in our country’s history, a leader who inspired my own passion for public service.
Today, I ask you to invest in our campaign. Together, we will renew the promise of Los Angeles by providing the next generation of Angelenos the same opportunities with which I was blessed almost 40 years ago.