LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) – Karen Ruth Bass, a former medical assistant who broke ground with her political rise through the California legislature and later to a prominent position in Congress, was sworn in Sunday as mayor of Los Angeles. .
Bass, a progressive Democrat, became the first woman and second black person to hold the reins of city government. It will formally start its operations on Monday amid various crises in the country’s second most populous city.
He was formally sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris, an old friend and former California attorney general. The formal swearing-in was conducted by the municipal clerk and took place in private.
Bass, 69, is charged with reducing rising crime rates, restoring confidence in a city council shaken by racism and corruption scandals, and addressing the more than 40,000 people living in garbage-filled campgrounds or trailer homes. in city.
Bass sounded a note of unity, saying that different branches of government must come together to confront the problem of homelessness.
To move forward in a new direction, “we must have a strategy that unites government, the private sector and other stakeholders,” Bass said, speaking at the Los Angeles Theater near City Hall.
He indicated that if people folded hands instead of pointing, then lives would be saved. She said this is “my mission” in the office of mayor.
He also urged the public to become involved in city government, echoing President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, in which he said: “Ask not what the country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” What can you do for it?”
Bass said, “I call on the people of our city to not only dream of the Los Angeles we want, but to participate in making that dream a reality.”
Bass – who was on President-elect Joe Biden’s shortlist for a vice presidency – secured the job last month after outspending rival Rick Caruso, a billionaire real estate developer, more than $100 million. He was a Republican who became a Democrat and campaigned as a centrist on a promise to prioritize public safety.
Caruso would mean a shift to the right in a city with a Democratic majority. Bass won over voters by arguing that he would build a coalition to help fix a troubled city of nearly 4 million people.
“We will build a new Los Angeles,” Bass promised at an election night rally.
In a surprise rendition, Stevie Wonder performed “Living for the City”, causing the audience to start dancing. He and Bass hug.