Karen Bass was sworn in as the 43rd mayor of Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, making history as the city’s first female mayor and the first black woman to hold LA’s top job.
Bass’s inaugural address focused on her vow to fight homelessness and crime that have swept across the city since the pandemic. She pledged to make her first act as mayor on Monday to visit the city’s emergency response center and officially declare a homelessness emergency.
Bass, a veteran lawmaker who has served in the State Assembly and has represented LA in Congress for the past 12 years, assured supporters that she will use all of her connections to lead the prosecution and develop a coordinated strategy to help the estimated 40,000 To appeal to people who sleep on the streets of Los Angeles and even more so in sprawling LA County.
“If we come together and focus on solutions instead of jurisdictions, on shutting down guns instead of pointing fingers – if we just focus on bringing people in, fully responding to their needs and getting them into permanent housing, that they can use to pay their bills — we’re going to save lives and we’re going to save our city — and that’s my mission as your mayor,” Bass said.
Bass emphasized that she is focused on pursuing community-based proposals for building affordable housing and determining what public resources are needed to improve public safety.
“My call to Los Angeles is to welcome housing in every neighborhood,” Bass said.
Bass, 69, compares her experience as a child in Los Angeles to a time when her father was able to buy a house and support a family of six on “one paycheck” from his job as a unionized postal worker.
Bass made little mention of the entertainment industry during her address. She pointed to the need for cooperation between the city’s diverse constituencies to address the public crises of homeless and indiscriminate crime. “If you’re a Hollywood creative, I’m asking you to help inspire people to get involved in our city,” Bass said.
Bass’ inaugural event was moved from its traditional location on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall to the Microsoft Theater at the LA Live complex downtown as rain battered the region overnight and into late Sunday morning. The event included performances by poet Amanda Gorman, gospel duo Mary Mary and the legendary Stevie Wonder, who delivered a spirited rendition of his 1973 classic Living for the City.
https://variety.com/2022/biz/news/karen-bass-los-angeles-mayor-inauguration-stevie-wonder-1235457213/ Karen Bass sworn in as Mayor of Los Angeles