Top Five Candidates for LA Mayor Face Off in Sunday Night Debate – Los Angeles

On Sunday night, the five top candidates for Los Angeles mayor were in a heated debate at Cal State LA.

The debate was an opportunity for candidates who polled in the single digits prior to the debate — and to take a bite from Rick Caruso (billionaire candidate), one of the top two in the race.

“We both went to law school. He chose to build glitzy malls, and I chose to fight for seniors and kids and families,”Mike Feuer, mayoral candidate in Los Angeles and LA City Attorney.

“Rick, you say you support local elected officials who are proven to get the job done, who are results driven,”Joe Buscaino was a candidate and LA City Councilman. “Well, then, I’m your candidate.”

However, none of the candidates attacked the stage as aggressively than Kevin De Leon, the LA City Councilman, who according the most recent LA Times/UC Berkeley poll is losing Latino voters for the Caruso campaign.

“It’s wealth and privilege that got you there,” said De Leon. “You have been the consummate insider.”

“When he was the chair, or the president, of the LAPD Commission, they criminalized the homeless,”De Leon spoke of Caruso.

Caruso denied the claim.

“It’s a grotesque lie, and you know that Kevin,”He stated. “That’s shameful, to say things like that, for the good work of the men and women at LAPD… Homelessness was never criminalized.”

Karen Bass (LA Congresswoman and ex-State Assembly speaker) was the other frontrunner. Her focus was on policy and problems in LA County’s decentralized governance — especially the issue regarding homelessness.

“It is completely unacceptable for the city and the county not to work together hand in glove,” Bass said. “And we do need to explore some other type of governance. Maybe it would be based on a model like the Metro Board is. But there needs to be one person in charge.”

Although crime and homelessness are very popular topics, many questions were not raised during the debate.

Caruso replied anyway.

“My plan is to add 1,500 officers,”He stated.

It was just one number of many that were played on the stage. Many were quite high and there was no discussion about how it would be paid.

“I will build 450,000 units, and they will be affordable units,” De Leon said.

Many candidates promised a better future if elected mayor.

“I understand you, I get you, and I know you,”Buscaino.

“We can do this together, and it is time to unite and inspire,”Bass.

Caruso continues to poll well, as does Bass. According to a survey, Caruso, who has spent millions advertising, continues to enjoy strong support from the San Fernando Valley as well as older voters. LA Times/UC Berkeley poll. Bass is supported in South Los Angeles as well as West LA by a strong group of people.

The majority of voters, 45% have yet to select a candidate for the primary on June 7.

It is difficult to imagine a third candidate gaining entry into the race with the support that the top two candidates, both of which are not affiliated with City Hall, have already received.

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