LOS ANGELES — Hours after Rep. Karen Bass jumped in the 2022 election for mayor of Los Angeles, city attorney and mayoral candidate Mike Feuer called for a series of debates between the candidates on Monday.
“Voters deserve to know more about who we are and what we stand for because in many ways their security, livelihood and quality of life depend on it. So let’s argue. Let’s argue now and argue often,” Feuer said.
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Feuer called for the first debate to focus on the homelessness crisis, a top issue for all candidates, including City Councilmen Joe Buscano and Kevin De Leon, Central City Association of Los Angeles President and CEO Jessica Lal and businessman Mel Wilson. Are included.
Bass’s campaign website outlines her vision for the city, saying it will focus on homelessness, calling it a “public health and humanitarian crisis” and saying the city needs to address the root causes of the problem. Is. Buscaino and De Leon have also made homelessness a major issue in their campaigns. Buscaino has focused on stricter enforcement of the city’s anti-camping laws and an amendment to prevent people from camping or sleeping on sidewalks when shelter is already offered.
De Leon announced his race last week and emphasized his own experience with unsafe housing and sleeping in his car. Councilman introduced a plan in January, called the “A Way Home” initiative, to develop a plan to build 25,000 new homeless housing units in the city by 2025.
Feuer, the first to announce his campaign for mayor in March 2020, also emphasized homelessness and affordable housing as his top issues.
Feuer said candidates should begin debating their agenda immediately rather than wait until 2022, when they will compete for public attention during statewide and federal elections.