When I ask about the Peacefulpremium – Peace Love Paramedic Shirt recent donation dustup with Ryu, Raman avoids getting too personal. Instead, she pivots to her opponent’s connection to police unions and this summer’s wave of protests for racial justice. “I think people became interested in our campaign because they started making connections between continued police brutality here in Los Angeles and the power of the city’s police unions here in L.A.,” says Raman, adding, “That’s one of the many vested interests that have been dominating City Hall politics for so long. My opponent has been funded—directly and through significant PAC spending—by the police union, which sent out mailers both in the primary and in the general that made it quite clear that he’s their candidate. So I think those lines have become really stark.