Sam Yebri Outraises The Field in LA City Council District 5 Race

Community Leader Raised Over $520,062.18 Despite Being The Only Candidate To Refuse Corporate and PAC Money and Donations From Real Estate Developers, Billboard, Cannabis, and Oil & Gas Industries

Los Angeles, CA –  Today, community leader Sam Yebri announced that he had raised $520,062.18 for his grassroots campaign for Los Angeles City Council District 5, including $197,341 from January 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021. Yebri is the only candidate to refuse donations from real estate developers, billboard companies, cannabis companies, and the oil and gas industry as well as any corporate or PAC money. 

Yebri’s total fundraising haul is more than that of any other City Council candidate across the city. Comparatively, candidate Katy Young has reported raising $358,924.00 and former candidate Jeff Ebenstein (who withdrew from the race in July) raised $243,402.00. 

“I am humbled by the continued outpouring of support,” said Yebri. “With over 1,600 individual donors, our grassroots campaign is about fighting for neighborhoods and residents, not City Hall insiders, and I am immensely proud of the coalition behind our campaign.”

The fundraising announcement comes on the heels of over 1,000 neighborhood and community leaders endorsing Yebri. They join supporters LA County Supervisor Holly Mitchell, LA City Councilman Joe Buscaino, fmr. LA Congressman Henry Waxman, and LA Congresswoman Nannette Barragán. A full endorsement list can be seen here.


Sam Yebri is an advocate, small business owner, attorney, and husband and father of four young children who will fight tirelessly for the residents of the 5th District of the City of Los Angeles. Nearly 40 years ago, Sam and his family sought refuge as Iranian immigrants and moved to Westwood where they experienced firsthand the promise of Los Angeles. He attended public schools in the 5th District and went on to earn degrees from Yale and USC Law School. Sam built a successful law firm in Century City, working to provide effective representation in a broad range of issues, including civil rights. He has used his expertise to advise startups and small businesses and litigate on behalf of workers, tenants, and refugees.  Committed to public service and championing the promise of Los Angeles, Sam formerly served as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles Civil Service Commission and currently serves as a board member of the Friends of Westwood Library. He has also served the Los Angeles community as a board member of numerous non-profits, including the Anti-Defamation League, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, the Jewish Community Foundation, and ETTA, which provides services and housing for developmentally disabled adults.

Los Angeles’ 5th City Council District is being vacated due to term limits by Councilmember Paul Koretz. The District includes the neighborhoods of Bel Air, Beverly Crest, Beverly Fairfax, Beverlywood, Carthay, Century City, Century Glen, Cheviot Hills, Comstock Hills, Encino, Melrose, Palms, Pico Robertson, Rancho Park, Roscomare, Westside Village, and Westwood.