Traci Park Erin Darling election 2022

Phone banks, door knocking and canvassing will become more prominent as election day nears and mail in ballots start to arrive.  Also expect social media to heat up!

Here's a look at the campaign trail from the last week. 

MAYOR

Karen Bass and Rick Caruso, the two candidates vying to represent Los Angeles as its next mayor clashed in a feisty LA mayoral debate this week. 

The two candidates rehashed how they would address homelessness -- up 1.7% in Los Angeles since 2020 -- describing why their strategies would succeed when so many past mayors' plans have failed.

  Bass called for a federal state of emergency on homelessness, with a ``FEMA-like'' response akin to that of dealing with a hurricane. Caruso pointed to his record on both the Board of Water and Power Commissioners and Board of Police Commissioners.

Caruso's plan prioritizes building new shelter beds, while Bass sought more permanent supportive housing.

Both candidates were concerned about rising crime and hate incidents in Los Angeles, as well as the Los Angeles Police Department struggling to fill vacancies.

During the debate Bass was critical of Caruso's endorsement by the Latino group, AVANCE, and has since had to apologize to the group.

Speaking of endorsements, Bass picked up a Bernie Sanders endorsement and big contributions from Hollywood biggies like Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Caruso took a definitive stance on the DACA issue and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision.  He announced steps he would take to protect Dreamers.  Bass continued to tout womens’ rights as her big issue.

CITY ATTORNEY

Hydee Feldstein- Soto won several endorsements: John Erickson, West Hollywood Council member as well as  PPAP La County Action Fund, an arm of Planned Parenthood,  the HonorPAC, a Latina LGBTQ organization, Los Angeles Sentinel and  the Stonewall Young Democrats

Faisal Gill rolled out an ad claiming Feldsten-Soto will turn a blind eye to corruption in City Hall.

SUPERVISOR 3

Lindsey Horvath picked up endorsement of Topanga New Times, former Malibu mayors Laura Rosenthal and John Sibert

She also picked up the criticism of the Sheriff as part of her campaigning and used Measure A, the ballot measure that would give BOS oversight and removal powers over the Sheriff, in debates.  

Hertzberg came out against building subway tunnels under Bel-Air as a part of the Sepulveda Pass project.

CD11

Traci Park and city controller Ron Galperin went canvassing over the weekend. Park was endorsed by Emily’s List as well as former CD11 candidates Jim Murez and Mat Smith. 

Erin Darling was endorsed by Marianne Williamson, the former Presidential candidate and spiritualist writer.

LA City Firefighters and Paramedics are running pro-Park videos.

On social media, the two candidates’ supporters continued to argue over destroyed or stolen lawn signs.  

Darling addressed the canal fire through a tweet.  He misspelled the name of the canal, which created two days worth of criticism of the mistake and the fact he didn’t visit the site of the fire.

LA County Sheriff  

Sheriff Alex Villanueva has fundraised more than double his opponent.  But is behind in the polls.

Luna is claiming endorsement from all sheriff candidates from this past primary as well as Mike Gipson, Assembly member 64,  Sydney Klamanger, State Senator, Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Reggie Jones-Sawyer.