- Fall 1993
Michael Woo served for eight years as a member of the Los Angeles City Council - the first Asian-American and the first trained urban planner to be elected to the city's governing body. During his two terms, Mr. Woo sought to ease the city's racial tensions, as in the case of the African- and Korean-American communities, and combated urban decay in the Hollywood area. Mr. Woo gave up his Council seat to enter the hotly-contested, nationally-observed race for L.A. Mayor in 1993. He lost in the run-off after receiving 46 percent of the votes.