Yebri Leads The Pack In CD5 Race As The Only Candidate To Reject Money From PACs And Developers of Any Kind

Yebri’s Fundraising Lead Grows, According To Newest Report

LOS ANGELES, CA – On Monday, the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission released its end-of-year fundraising totals for the LA City Council CD5 race, showing workers’ rights attorney and longtime community leader Sam Yebri firmly in the lead, with a total of $683,254.00. Yebri remains the only candidate to refuse contributions from PACs and real estate developers of any kind, active or otherwise. Since the last reporting period, Yebri’s lead has grown, with his campaign posting over $175,000 more than the candidate with the next highest total.

“This fundraising report shows that you do not have to be a political legacy, career politician, or beholden to developers and special interests to lead in our city,” said Rachel Niederhoffer, Campaign Manager for Yebri. “District 5 residents are fed up and rallying around Sam’s call for solutions over slogans. They are rallying around Sam’s common sense policies prioritizing cleaning up corruption in City Hall, public safety for everyone, and saving lives by bringing our unhoused communities indoors with urgency, rather than allowing them to perish on our streets and in our parks. This is the leadership our voters are hungry for.” 

The other candidates in the race – Molly Basler, Jimmy Biblarz, Scott Epstein, and Katy Young Yaroslavsky – trail, with year-end totals of $47,589.33, $151,737.34, $54,909.77, and $507,639.59, respectively.


Sam Yebri is an advocate, small business owner, attorney, husband, and father of four young children. Nearly 40 years ago, Sam and his family came to Los Angeles as refugees from Iran 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 the District, 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 Fairfax, Beverly Grove, Beverlywood, Castle Heights, Carthay, Century City, Century Glen, Cheviot Hills, Comstock Hills, Hancock Park, La Brea, Melrose, Miracle Mile, Palms, Pico Robertson, Rancho Park, South Robertson, Westside Village, and Westwood.