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Karen Bass Becomes First Woman Elected Los Angeles Mayor


os Angeles Mayor-elect Karen Bass speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. Bass defeated developer Rick Caruso to become the next mayor of Los Angeles on Wednesday, making her the first Black woman to hold the post as City Hall contends with an out-of-control homeless crisis, rising crime rates and multiple scandals that have shaken trust in government. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) In a city torn apart by racial tensions and fed up with homelessness, Karen Bass, a veteran Democratic congresswoman, was elected as Los Angeles’ first female mayor on Wednesday, November 16.  “The people of Los Angeles have sent a clear message,” said Bass. “It is time for change and it is time for urgency.” Rick Caruso, a rich real estate developer, was Ms. Bass’ fiercest opponent in the campaign, which had been too close to call for more than a week following the election. Bass received more than 53% of the vote in the Los Angeles County elections on Wednesday, with the results significantly favoring her.

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