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Zev Yaroslavsky

Member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
from District 3
Assumed office 
Preceded by Edmund D. Edelman

Born December 21, 1948
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Barbara Yaroslavsky
Children Mina, David
Religion Jewish

Zev Yaroslavsky (born December 21, 1948) is a Los Angeles County politician. He served on the Los Angeles City Council from 1975 until 1994, when he was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. He was preceded in both offices by Edmund D. Edelman.

Yaroslavsky represents the Third Supervisorial District of Los Angeles County, which encompasses the cities of Malibu, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Calabasas, as well as most of the western San Fernando Valley and other portions of the City of Los Angeles.[1]



He graduated from the UCLA in 1971 with a double major in History and Economics, and obtained a Master's Degree in British Imperial History in 1972 from the same school.[2] He is a graduate of Fairfax High School in the City of Los Angeles.

Yaroslavsky won his first term on the Los Angeles Board of Superviors when Edmund D. Edelman did not seek re-election in 1996. His most recent re-election was in 2006 in a race against David Hernandez, a Republican and retired insurance adjuster who campaigned to keep the cross on the Los Angeles County Seal, and Randy Springer.[3] Yaroslavsky won the election, receiving 70.49% of the vote in the primary.[4]


Yaroslavsky has taken controversial stances on transportation issues in Los Angeles County. He wrote and sponsored the MTA Reform and Accountability Act of 1998 (Los Angeles County Proposition A), which banned the use of county sales tax revenue for the planning or building of subways,[5] a law which is a significant barrier to the construction of the Metro Purple Line subway extension to the Westside.[6] However, he has championed bus rapid transit investment in general and the Metro Orange Line busway in the San Fernando Valley in particular.[7]

Yaroslavsky was also an early proponent of easing Westside traffic by converting Pico and Olympic Boulevards into complementary one-way thoroughfares.[8]


Yaroslavsky and his wife Barbara have two children named Mina and David.[9] Yaroslavsky is diabetic and has advocated healthier foods be sold at County facilities as a result.[10]

He grew up in Boyle Heights with his sister Shimona and is the son of Russian Jewish immigrants.[11] His father was a founder of the Hebrew Teachers Union in Los Angeles.[12]

While at UCLA, Yaroslavky was a leading activist in the international movement to free Soviet Jews (Refuseniks).[13]

External links


  1. ^ Los Angeles County District Map
  2. ^ Zev Yaroslavsky official biography
  3. ^ Troy Anderson, "Two Hopefuls Take Aim at Supervisor Yaroslavsky," Los Angeles Daily News, June 4, 2006
  4. ^ Los Angeles County Recorder election results
  5. ^ Zev Yaroslavsky official website
  6. ^ Todd Purdum, " Los Angeles Subway Reaches End of the Line," New York Times, June 23, 2000
  7. ^ Metro Investment Report (June 2007)
  8. ^ Alan Mittlesteadt, "Antonio's to-do list," Los Angeles City Beat, December 12, 2007
  9. ^ NNDB profile
  10. ^
  11. ^ Amy Klein, "Aliyah Perspectives," Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 9, 2003
  12. ^ Marc Ballon, "Jewish Support for Strikers Mixed," Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, October 31, 2003
  13. ^ Susan King, "Zev Yaroslavsky and the documentary 'Refusenik'", Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2008.
Political offices
Preceded by
Edmund D. Edelman
Los Angeles City Councilman
5th District
1975 – 1994
Succeeded by
Michael Feuer
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
3rd District
1994 – present


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