(ANSA) – NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 16 – Karen Bass makes history. At the end of a millionaire electoral campaign, the Democratic congresswoman was elected the first female mayor of Los Angeles beating the billionaire supported by stars – from Elon Musk to Kim Kardashian – Rick Caruso.
Bass won narrowly in a challenge much tougher than expected. In fact, in the end of the electoral campaign, Caruso recovered in the polls thanks also to the 100 million dollars of his own money spent to finance his race. The billionaire leveraged the voters’ anger over the homeless emergency and above all the crime scare, coming close to wresting the city of angels they have controlled for 20 years from the Democrats.
Strengthened by the support of Joe Biden and his sweeping campaign among the unions, Bass however won and became the second African-American mayor of Los Angeles after Tom Bradley, who was mayor between 1973 and 1993. Bradley is credited with modernizing the city that, under his leadership, hosted the 1984 Olympics. Bass takes the job at a difficult time in one of America’s toughest cities. The first emergency you will have to face is that of homelessness, which continues to increase despite the billions of dollars spent in recent years. The new mayor will also have to resolve the internal drama in the city council, where the councilor Kevin de Leon refuses to resign after the diffusion of his conversation with racist insults.
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