Los Angeles Mayoral candidates Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) and real estate developer Rick Caruso met for a third debate Tuesday night at the Brokaw News Center in Universal City, spending around half the debate on the recent LA City Council racial comments scandal currently sweeping the city.
Held in late September and earlier this month respectively, the first two debates between Caruso and Bass largely focused on crime, homelessness, and housing. While other issues were also brought up, including Bass’ recent USC corruption and bribery accusations, the primary points were those three issues.
Initially, the third debate appeared it would also go that way, with both candidates prepping beforehand for similar questions. However, the release of an October 2021 recording of then-City Council President Nury Martinez, Councilmembers Kevin de Leon and Gil Cedillo, and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera making multiple racial comments during a redistricting meeting and the subsequent political and public furor over it, dominated the third debate.
Both Caruso and Bass reiterated points they made earlier in the week by wanting all three Councilmembers to resign and to conduct an investigation.
“There needs to be an investigation, and those officials must resign,” said Bass. “But that’s not enough. We need a new direction in LA and new leadership that will make sure we reject the politics of divide and conquer.”
However, Caruso added that in addition to the resignations and an investigation, that the action of City Councilors making their own districts needs to be stopped.
As of Wednesday afternoon, neither Martinez, de Leon, or Cedillo have resigned from office. Election Day is to be held on Tuesday, November 8th.
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