Karen Bass endorsed by key rival in Los Angeles mayoral race

The Los Angeles mayoral race has been rapidly narrowing into a heated contest between Rep. Karen Bass and shopping mall developer Rick Caruso, and that dynamic intensified on Tuesday as city attorney Mike Feuer said he was dropping out of the race and backing Bass.

Many voters have already received vote-by-mail ballots for the June 7 primary as they weigh who should replace outgoing Mayor Eric Garcetti, who was nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as his ambassador to India. Caruso, a one-time Republican turned Democrat, has flooded the airwaves with ads and blanketed the city with mailers since he entered the race earlier this yearupending a race where Bass had once been seen as the clear front-runner.
As of late April, Caruso had spent nearly $ 24 million on his campaign — [object Window] $ 22 million that he loaned to his effortaccording to filings with the Los Angeles Ethics Commission. Though the two have been effectively tied in recent polls, Bass had only spent less than $ 1.2 백만, according to reports through April 23.
    Feuer took a shot at Caruso’s ad campaign as he announced his support for Bass on Tuesday.
      Thirty-second ads don’t trump more than 30 years of results,” Feuer said in a statement. “Karen Bass is the only person in this race with the experience to bring our unhoused neighbors indoors, tackle our affordability crisis, and make our communities safer by getting guns off of our streets. The stakes of not getting this right are too high.
        베이스, who would become the first woman and the first Black woman to lead America’s second-largest city, has built a formidable coalition as a former social worker and community organizer who became known as a thoughtful and effective dealmaker during her years in the California State Assembly. She was so well-respected among her colleagues on Capitol Hill that Biden considered her as his running mate 시 2020 운동.
        But Caruso, a former member of the police commission, is attempting to tap into the anger and frustration about the city’s spiraling homelessness crisis and fears about the rise in crime. In polished debate performances, Caruso has made the case that 2022 is the right moment for a political outsider as he argues that career politicians have failed to solve the city’s problems.
          Bass forcefully rejected that argument at one debate, chiding Caruso for denigratingpeople who have devoted their lives to public serviceand pointedly noted thatsome people have dedicated their entire life to not making moneyas they put their efforts into public policy.
          Feuer had fashioned himself as thepeople’s advocate,” visiting all 101 neighborhoods in LA as he laid out extensive plans to address homelessness, expedite the construction of both affordable housing and shelter for those living on the streets, and expand what he referred to as LA’sdepleted police force” ...에 10,000 장교. He has also been a leading advocate in recent years in trying to reduce gun violence.
          The city attorney also landed some of the sharpest attacks on Caruso during recent mayoral debates, criticizing Caruso’s leadership as the chair of the University of California Board of Trustees, as well as the money that Caruso has poured in to self-fund his campaigncalling on the developer to release his full tax returns.
          But as Caruso and Bass have dominated the field, the path for the other candidates has looked increasingly difficult as the race heads toward the June 7 [object Window], when the top two candidates will advance to the November election unless one receives more than 50% 투표의.
          지난주, city council member Joe Buscaino, a former police officer, dropped out of the race and backed Caruso as the candidate most aligned with his goals.
          Buscaino had said he would boost the ranks of the LAPD to 11,000 officers by 2027. During his time on the City Council, he has forcefully advocated for the clearing of homeless encampments and stricter anti-camping ordinances, arguing that the city’s laws have created dangerous conditions on the streets.
            He also embarked on a signature collection initiative for a ballot measure that would have required the next mayor to produce a planto achieve functional zero homelessnesswithin three years and that would have also barred people from sleeping in public spaces if they refused offers for housing or emergency shelter. (That effort was paused when the city reached a tentative settlement agreement in a federal lawsuit demanding the creation of more shelter beds and housing units for the city’s unhoused).
            성명서, Buscaino said he and Caruso agree onthe playbook to solve the city’s pressing issuesand would work together to make Los Angelescleaner and safer for all.

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