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

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US Rep. Karen Bass sided with businessman Rick Caruso for mayor of Los Angeles, with Friday’s tally showing the veteran legislator 4,384 votes for the real estate developer in a contest set to be decided next week at the earliest.

The new totals from county election officials put Bass ahead, by a margin of 50.38% to 49.62%, the first since Caruso took a small advantage in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Bass has now beaten Caruso in the last two updates from the LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office.

Going into Friday, Caruso had a small lead of half a percentage point, or 2,695 votes. The volatile results of the vote count confirmed pre-election predictions that a winner might not be known a week or more after Tuesday’s polling day.

City attorney candidate Hydee Feldstein Soto continued to lead attorney Faisal Gill. Feldstein Soto has 57.7% of the vote, against Gill’s 42.2%, according to Friday’s results.

In the City Council’s race for a seat from Glassell Park to Hollywood, labor organizer Hugo Soto-Martinez kept his lead over Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who is running for a third term. Soto-Martinez leads 53.2% to O’Farrell’s 46.7%.

On the west side, Traci Park maintained a 9 percent lead over attorney Erin Darling in the race to succeed City Councilman Mike Bonin.

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

Attorney Tim McOsker also maintained a significant lead over neighborhood councilor Danielle Sandoval, with McOsker at 65.3% and Sandoval at 34.6%.

In the city controller race, accountant Kenneth Mejia is on his way to be officially declared the winner. Rival Koretz admitted earlier in the week.

The two aspiring mayors have presented a study that contrasts with the days since the vote ended Tuesday: Bass hunkered down with her family and staffers, and Caruso spent at least part of his day presenting himself to Angelenos as some sort of mayor. -in- waiting.

On Wednesday, the 63-year-old shopping center developer folded a pastrami sandwich at Langer’s deli west of downtown. On Friday, he stopped by at a Veterans Day parade, greeted the crowd with his golden retriever Hudson and shared a brief greeting with Mayor Eric Garcetti, who rode in the parade and will be in office for another month.

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

Sheahan declined to comment on Friday’s results. As Caruso’s margin narrowed on Thursday, Sheahan told the campaign in an emailed statement: was confident Bass would win.

On Friday, hours before the final count was released, Caruso stood on Laurel Canyon Boulevard, waving to veterans participating in the parade in the northeastern San Fernando Valley and posed for photos with fans approaching the mayoral candidate. The man’s taste for grabbing and grinning was evident as he and Hudson saw a line of vintage cars, trucks, and LAPD cruisers pass by.

“This is exactly what we expected,” said Caruso. “We go up and down as these ballots are counted. … We’re going to be on a roller coaster for a while. But I am very optimistic.”

Caruso’s interview with reporters was interrupted when Garcetti, dressed in his Navy reserve uniform and sitting on the back of a convertible that was rolling through Laurel Canyon, passed by.

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

Caruso approached the mayor as he rode on 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 connect on the phone shortly. Garcetti said he’s also been in regular contact with Bass.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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