Karen Bass Elected First Female Mayor of Los Angeles

Comments on this storyComments on this storyLOS ANGELES — US Rep. Karen Bass was elected the next mayor of Los Angeles on Wednesday. Los Angeles, America’s second-largest city, took the reins during her period of intense self-reflection as she escaped racism scandals and sought new answers to seemingly intractable issues like homelessness and corruption. .The Democratic Congressman beat billionaire real estate developer Rick Caruso to become the first female city representative and the second black mayor. The most expensive contest in Los Angeles history, the race remained close-knit until the final day of the week-long count, with Bass resolutely ahead and never losing her advantage. As of Wednesday evening, Bass had an insurmountable lead of just over 6 percentage points, and the Associated Press projected her as her winner. It was put forward as a progressive choice. But she also gained support from Democratic heavyweights such as former President Barack Obama, President Biden, and Vice President Harris, and was given permission to form a political party. At her election eve rally, her fellow Californian, Harris, praised Bass for “fighting for people whose voice is not in the room, but who needs to attend.” She put $100 million of her own money into her race and looked up to 16, much to the growing frustration of Angelenos with rising violent crime. He would have beaten anyone but Karen Bass. She wrote, “Her coalition fought what might appear to be an overwhelming challenge, not to mention the many local misfortunes to the city’s state.” for the city. He promised to increase the city’s police force during her first 300 days in office, hit record levels and build temporary housing that would shelter 30,000 homeless people. Bass said Caruso’s offer was unrealistic, and she promised to accommodate around 17,000 people in the first year. While some of his new party’s moguls rejected him, Caruso was endorsed by several celebrities in the City of Stars, including Snoop Dogg, Kim Kardashian, and Katy. Perry. Perry, born in Santa Barbara, shared a selfie of the e-geek cast for Caruso, saying she voted for him for “myriad reasons (see News), especially Los Angeles is a hot ATM.” On that score, at least. Both candidates agreed: Last month, leaked recordings emerged of four of the city’s most powerful Latino leaders denigrating their peers and making racist remarks about black children, indigenous immigrants and Jewish residents. The other two contenders, members of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Councilmembers Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo, have so far refused to resign. De Leon, who has had political aspirations, apologized for her role but said she would stand in despite opposition from top Democrats in California and beyond. After the recording was released, Bass and Caruso, the only campaigners, agreed that the councilors should leave, but argued over who was better placed to unite the city in the messy aftermath. Caruso cast the leaked conversation as another example of shady political dealings in the city. During the debate, Caruso said, “they are fighting for their own special interests. “The system is broken and full of corruption.” Both said the city needed an independent redistricting commission. Bass has been involved with some of the tapes over the years. and her non-profit organization Community Coalition, which seeks to unite people across race and ethnicity as a model for urban healing. Coalition). Known as “CoCo”, the group was mentioned several times on the recording as a shorthand mockery of black political interests, but before the recording even came out, Los Angeles was fighting a massive scandal. 1 year or more in federal prison for interfering with a corruption investigation; Directed by another former member in the same investigation. A third former city councilman has been accused of separate corruption schemes and the outgoing mayor Eric Garcetti’s political future is in limbo as he questions whether his nomination to become the US ambassador to India remains stalled in the Senate. With the ruins shattered by these successive crises, Bass will be competing with a revamped city council ready to welcome at least two new members aligned with the region. Activist Eunices Hernandez, who defeated Cedillo in the primaries, and labor activist Hugo Soto Martinez, who as of Wednesday led incumbent Mitch O’Farrell by double digits, joined incumbent progressives Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Nithya Raman to ideologically join the new mayor’s left wing. Formed a new block. The newly powerful left wing is weighing in on issues such as the recent ban on homeless encampments near schools. The city council passed the bill in August, despite opposition from activists and against votes from its most progressive legislators. Harris-Dawson condemned the move to ban encampments within 500 feet of schools and daycare centers as inhumane. Bass supported regulation. The mayor-elect served as Speaker of the California Assembly prior to serving in Congress and was tasked with retaining members while the state navigated brutal budget shortfalls during the Great Recession. An ideology that could impact the next four years “If anyone has the ability to bring competing parties together, it’s Bass,” said Cal State’s Sonenshein. “The question, then, is whether it can transform from this executive position to leadership.” That leadership will be particularly important in addressing the homelessness crisis. Bass’ election follows the results of the Los Angeles County Sheriff primary. In another big contest for the region this year, Long Beach’s retired police chief Robert Luna defeated incumbent Alex Villanueva. The ousted sheriff’s four years in office were defined by a series of controversies, including his brash leadership style and clashes with local leaders and law enforcement oversight committees. His critics say he has turned America’s largest sheriff’s department into a mess. Luna and Bass, two of Southern California’s most prominent elected officials, will be held by Los Angeles residents in their respective offices, including the city and county. — Tired of their leaders. Although their jobs are different, they will share at least one goal. It’s about rebuilding public trust.
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