Karen Bass moves ahead of Rick Caruso in L.A. mayor’s race

US Representative Karen Bass overtook businessman Rick Caruso for Los Angeles mayor. Friday’s vote tally shows the experienced lawmaker is 4,384 votes ahead of the real estate developer in a contest that won’t be decided until next week at the earliest.

The new county election official totals put Bass ahead by a margin of 50.38% to 49.62% for the first time since Caruso had had a slight advantage in the early hours of Wednesday. Bass has now defeated Caruso in the last two LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office updates.

At the start of Friday, Caruso held a tiny lead of half a percentage point, or 2,695 votes. The fluctuating vote count results tended to confirm pre-election predictions that a winner might not be known for a week or more after last Tuesday’s election day.

Hydee Feldstein Soto, the city’s attorney nominee, continued to lead attorney Faisal Gill. Feldstein Soto has 57.7% of the vote and Gill 42.2%, according to Friday’s results.

In the City Council race for a seat from Glassell Park to Hollywood, labor organizer Hugo Soto-Martinez maintained his lead over councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who is vying for a third team. Soto-Martinez leads with 53.2% ahead of O’Farrell with 46.7%.

On the Westside, Traci Park maintained a 9 percentage point lead over Attorney Erin Darling in the race to succeed City Councilman Mike Bonin.

In the race to replace council member Paul Koretz for a seat from Fairfax to Bel-Air, political adviser Katy Young Yaroslavsky continued to lead attorney Sam Yebri, 57% to 42.9%.

Attorney Tim McOsker also maintained a significant lead over neighborhood council member Danielle Sandoval, with McOsker’s 65.3% and Sandoval’s 34.6%.

In the race of city controllers, accountant Kenneth Mejia is on course to be declared the official winner of the race. Rival councilman Paul Koretz cashed in earlier in the week.

The two would-be mayors have produced a contrasting study in the days since voting ended Tuesday: Bass huddles with her family and staff, and Caruso spends at least part of his day imagining Angelenos as some sort of mayor. waiting.

On Thursday, the 63-year-old mall developer folded himself into a pastrami sandwich at Langer’s Deli west of downtown. On Friday, he attended a Veterans Day parade, greeted the crowd with his golden retriever, Hudson, and briefly greeted Mayor Eric Garcetti, who attended the parade and has one month left in office.

Bass has not been seen by the press since her election night speech on Tuesday and has been relatively quiet compared to her opponent. The longtime member of the House of Representatives “has caught up on her personal life and been spending time with family,” said Speaker Sarah Leonard Sheahan. “Today she held a luncheon for her staff to express her appreciation.”

Sheahan declined to comment on Friday’s results. As Caruso’s margin shrank Thursday, Sheahan said in an emailed campaign statement was confident that Bass would win.

On Friday, hours before the latest tally was released, Caruso stood on Laurel Canyon Boulevard, waving to veterans taking part in the parade in the northeast San Fernando Valley and posing for photos with fans who approached the mayoral candidate. The man’s penchant for grabbing and grinning was evident as he and Hudson watched a line of vintage cars, trucks and LAPD cruisers roll by.

“That’s exactly what we expected,” said Caruso. “We’ll be pacing while those ballots are counted. … We’re going to ride a roller coaster for a while. But I’m very optimistic.”

Caruso’s interview with reporters was interrupted when Mayor Eric Garcetti, dressed in his Navy Reserve uniform and sitting in the back seat of a convertible that was rolling down Laurel Canyon, walked by.

“Look who it is!” said Caruso and went over to shake the mayor’s hand.

Caruso approached the mayor while riding in the back of a rare vintage car (1952 Chrysler Imperial Phaeton) owned by the City of LA. The two had previously exchanged texts and, after shaking hands on the parade route, agreed to meet again soon over the phone. Garcetti said he was also in regular contact with Bass.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-11-11/karen-bass-moves-ahead-of-rick-caruso-in-l-a-mayors-race Karen Bass moves ahead of Rick Caruso in L.A. mayor’s race

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