A last-minute voter guide for 2022 L.A. elections

It has been described as one of the most important elections for Los Angeles in decades.

Voters elect a new mayor and face generational and ideological choices for other key races that could bring about major changes in City Hall.

LA is struggling to recover from the pandemic while also grappling with housing affordability and homelessness crises. A series of corruption scandals have clouded the public’s view of City Hall. And that was before a racist audio leak prompted the city council president to resign and prompted two other council members to follow her out of politics.

Here’s a cheat sheet for the big problems voters face:

Profits of the left?

Left-wing candidates did very well in the primary. This has led to playoffs between traditional liberal Democrats and those swearing a more progressive direction.

With the racist leak hurting several established Democrats, left-wing political organizers see a possible turning point ahead of the Nov. 8 election. Their grassroots movement already had tremendous momentum, with many of their candidates taking first place in the June primary.

If they prevail, they could easily transform the city in a variety of ways, including cutting police spending, enacting more aggressive renter protections, and rethinking the city’s approach to homelessness. Several have called for the repeal of a city law that bans camps outside of schools, daycares and other facilities.

What you need to know before you vote

Mayor’s race

Rep. Karen Bass and businessman Rick Caruso face off in what is considered a high-stakes race for mayor.

Caruso, a billionaire businessman, has poured more than $100 million into his campaign, dramatically slashing the spending of Bass, a six-year-old congresswoman from south LA who would be the first black woman elected mayor if she wins in casts a shadow.

What you need to know before voting:

Dive deep into the candidates

The problems

Like many major cities, Los Angeles has been hit hard by the pandemic. But the issues that resonated most with voters smoldered for a long time: the homelessness crisis; housing shortage; Crime; corruption in City Hall; and racial segregation.

What you need to know before voting:

Other races in LA County

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-11-07/a-last-minute-cheat-sheet-for-voting-in-2022-l-a-elections A last-minute voter guide for 2022 L.A. elections

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