A Last-Minute Cheat Sheet for Voting in the 2022 Los Angeles Election

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

Voters will choose a new mayor and face generational and ideological choices for other key races that could bring major changes to City Hall.

LA is struggling to recover from the pandemic at the same time as it grapples with housing affordability and homelessness crises. A series of corruption scandals have tainted public opinion about City Hall. And that was before a racist audio leak prompted the resignation of the city council president and prompted a call for two other council members to follow her out of politics.

Here is a cheat sheet for the big issues facing voters:

The left wins?

Left-wing candidates fared very well in the primary elections. This has created trickle-down battles between traditional liberal Democrats and those promising a more progressive direction.

With the racist leak hurting several establishment Democrats, leftist political organizers see a potential tipping point ahead of the Nov. 8 election. Their grassroots movement already had tremendous momentum, with many of their candidates placing first in the June primary.

If they win, they could easily remake the city in a number of ways, reducing police spending, adopting more aggressive protections for tenants and rethinking the city’s approach to homelessness. Many have called for the repeal of a municipal law banning camping outside schools, daycares and other facilities.

What you need to know before voting

mayor’s race

Representative Karen Bass and businessman Rick Caruso face off in what is seen as a high-stakes race to become mayor.

Caruso, a billionaire businessman, has pumped more than $100 million into his campaign, drastically eclipsing the spending of Bass, a six-term congresswoman from South Los Angeles who would be the first black woman elected mayor if she won.

What you need to know before voting:

Deep dives 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 have long been smoldering: the homelessness crisis; housing shortages; criminality; corruption at the town hall; and racial divisions.

What you need to know before voting:

Other Races in LA County


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