Joe is a grassroots organizer and small business owner who is running to represent his community by building a movement with neighbors. When elected he will restore basic municipal services and open a responsive council office.
Deep Roots - Diverse Communities
Joe reflects the rich diversity of our communities. He is a mixed Hungarian-Jewish-Irish-Indian Angeleno, and his wife Susan is Chinese-Mexican. His roots in CD1 go back to the 1920s when his Grandfather Joseph Bray lived at 1416 Echo Park Avenue in Echo Park.
Joe lives in Lincoln Heights with his wife and daughter, and has called Northeast Los Angeles his home for ten years. His passions for organizing and growing community stems out of his desire to make a better life for his young family, and all the families in the district.
Community Organizer – Figueroa For All
Joe has been on the forefront advocating for safe streets for over a decade in North East Los Angeles; most recently with the ‘Figueroa For All’ campaign to bring pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements to the North Figueroa corridor.
Joe is best known for his passionate advocacy for safer streets in District 1. The first community meeting to establish the ‘Figueroa For All’ campaign, which advocates for greater pedestrian and bicycle safety on North Figueroa, met in his shop in 2009. Working with neighbors and friends, Joe brought the fight for safe streets to city hall and countless community meetings.
Small Business – Flying Pigeon LA
For nearly a decade, Joe has owned and operated the Flying Pigeon LA bicycle shop on North Figueroa. Joe has kept his doors open through tough economic times. By hosting events and meetings, he turned his shop into a community space in a neighborhood that needs more of it.
He has had to do it all: selling and repairing bicycles; doing the bookkeeping; cleaning the floors; and chasing down loose ball bearings.
Like all small business owners in Los Angeles, Joe has had to deal with the tremendous strain that local, state, and federal agencies place on small business. He will be there for small business owners in this district, and in the city – to support the people that pay more than their fair share of the costs of local government.