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Los Angeles picks mayor amid worry over crime, homelessness

Added 06-07-22 11:03:02am EST - “The contest to become Los Angeles' next mayor was supposed to be about homelessness, crime and soaring rents and home prices. But lately it's taken a nasty turn.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Los Angeles picks mayor amid worry over crime, homelessness”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The contest to become Los Angeles’ next mayor was supposed to be about homelessness, crime and soaring rents and home prices. But lately it’s taken a nasty turn.

In ads run by Democratic U.S. Rep. Karen Bass and her allies, rival Republican-turned-Democrat billionaire Rick Caruso is depicted as a West coast version of former President Donald Trump, who is dodging taxes, blowing a “right wing dog whistle” and lying about Bass’ record.

In advertising from Caruso and his supporters, Bass emerges as an ethically compromised charlatan who missed key votes in Congress and counts an indicted city councilman in her circle of friends.

Voters will have their say Tuesday, when the primary election concludes in what has emerged as a mostly two-person fight between the congresswoman who was on then President-elect Joe Biden’s short list for vice president and the wealthy developer in his first run for public office.

Twelve names are on the ballot, though several candidates have dropped out. If no candidate clears 50% - which is likely with a crowded field - the top two finishers advance to a November runoff.

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