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This is the story of Zev Yaroslavsky, a young social activist, who became one of Los Angeles' most powerful and consequential elected officials, taking on established power brokers and sparking major reforms in policing, transit, land use and fiscal policies. "I may be a part of the establishment," he said when first sworn into office, "but the establishment is not part of me."
About the Author
In a Los Angeles political career spanning four decades (City Council 1975-1994, County Board of Supervisors 1994-2014), Zev Yaroslavsky played a central role in shaping America's largest metropolis. Health care, transportation, arts and culture, the environment, and fiscal policy were his domain. He received an MA in History and a BA in Economics and History, both from UCLA, where he currently teaches Public Policy and History.A career journalist, Josh Getlin covered politics in Los Angeles and Washington, DC for the Los Angeles Times and was the paper's New York Bureau Chief from 2001-2008. He received an MS from the Columbia University School of Journalism and a BA in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz.