Downtown Arts District resident John Burton follows the issues facing Angelenos, such as the rising price of street parking or loss of affordable housing in his neighborhood.
Despite that interest in local topics, the 40-something Burton admits a lack of enthusiasm for L.A.'s biggest political event of 2013 - the mayor's race.
"We just got past the presidential election," said Burton, sitting outside on a recent Thursday at Novel Cafe, a popular coffee shop in the Arts District. "It's like, `Oh no, here's another one."'
Voter apathy may be the biggest hurdle for candidates vying to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is termed out on June 30.
Without a high-profile name in the race or controversial issues dividing candidates, some pundits aren't predicting a heavy turnout in the March 5 primary.
Already, Angelenos tend to shrug off elections. In the last truly competitive mayor's race - in 2005, when Villaraigosa challenged incumbent James Hahn - about 28 percent of registered voters cast ballots.
Four years later, only 17 percent of voters came out to choose between Villaraigosa and challenger Walter Moore.
The current Democratic frontrunners - City Controller Wendy Greuel, City Council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry - all have similar viewpoints and stances, making it harder for voters to discern their differences, believes Joel Kotkin, a fellow at Chapman University in Orange.
With the exception of former prosecutor Kevin James, a Republican, the frontrunners don't offer much choice to voters, believes Kotkin, who predicts weak voter turnout.
"You could look at this group and think, `What's the point of voting?"' Kotkin said.
Naturally, campaign consultants disagree with the idea that the candidates are similar.
And low voter turnout may be unavoidable given historically low numbers when it comes to March elections, they say, but that just means candidates will have to campaign harder for votes.
For instance, James is trying to tap into the long-neglected, simmering Republican base, while also trying to appeal to "pitchfork voters," or those fed up with City Hall.
Garcetti wants to turn out voters who've never cast ballots before in mayoral primaries, be they younger people or minorities. His recent bid to designate "Peru Village" in Hollywood, as a nod to the local Peruvian community, typifies that strategy.
Seeking to make history as the first woman mayor of Los Angeles, Greuel, who touts her work as a fiscal watchdog, hopes both male and female voters help her reach that goal.
Also hoping to be the first woman mayor, Perry has cast herself as the most tough-nosed politician, not afraid to challenge other council members on issues like redistricting or Department of Water and Power rate hikes, for instance.
Richard Close, president of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association, agrees Angelenos are generally "bored with elections" but says there is enough disenchantment with city government to draw out voters.
"Those who will come out will be those who want change," Close said. "Those who are tired of the status quo, those who are tired of cuts to city services."
It's not necessarily the candidates' fault when voters stay home, said Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State L.A.
Voter turnout was low when Villaraigosa ran in 2005, and "he's a figure that attracted a lot of attention."
Still, the political climate isn't nearly as intense as 1969, when 76 percent of the voters came out for the runoff between incumbent Mayor Sam Yorty and challenger Tom Bradley.
Kotkin believes there's a growing detachment from politics, with residents looking for involvement with their churches or schools, but not with City Hall.
Additionally, without a strong GOP, L.A. is essentially a one-party city, which also may keep voters less interested.
To date, an energizing or divisive topic has yet to dominate the race. The issue of city employee pension costs could have taken the spotlight, but the topic faded from discussion when former Mayor Richard Riordan canceled plans for a ballot measure to overhaul the city's pension system.
But in the months ahead, election topics will emerge, Sonenshein predicts, with candidates refining their stances on the budget, the city's economy, and land use.
Adrian Acosta, a Wilmington resident, would like the next mayor to focus on land use: He wants more bike lanes, better park amenities and more street maintenance in his neighborhood.
"It's hard to ride bikes in Wilmington, there's a lot of glass on the roads," he said. "There's a lot more people I see now on bikes, especially with gas prices as high as they are."
Moji Nikou, 53, a small-business owner who runs Helping Hand, a thrift store in Little Ethiopia, said she's been too busy to focus on the election.
But like others, Nikou is pessimistic about the election, unsure whether a new administration will bring less traffic or better city services.
"Really, what can they do to change things?" Nikou asked.
Donna Littlejohn and Kristin Agostoni contributed to this report.