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Board Ed: Welcoming Los Angeles' first female mayor, Karen Bass

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Mayor-elect Karen Bass

Mayor-elect Karen Bass will become Los Angeles’ first female mayor after her victory over real estate developer Rick Caruso. 

For the first time in Los Angeles’ 241-year history, Angelenos elected a woman into the city's highest office. Bass defeated real estate developer Rick Caruso in a close race to replace Mayor Eric Garcetti. It is hard to believe that even in a city as diverse as Los Angeles, this is the first time a female mayor is coming to power.

Bass’ inauguration on Dec. 12 will mark almost exactly 50 years since Thomas “Tom” Bradley became the first Black mayor of Los Angeles in 1973. Bradley went on to serve five terms as mayor until 1993 — the longest tenure held by a Los Angeles mayor. Bass is now making history as the first Black woman to hold the mayoral seat, a long overdue milestone for the city.

Bass’ victory over Caruso’s $100 million campaign is also a victory for the sanctity of American democracy. The result of this mayoral election is a testament to the fact that constituents’ respect, trust and votes cannot be bought — they must be earned.

The Loyolan supports mayor-elect Bass and her promises to positively impact our city’s homelessness crisis, drug addiction epidemic and economic climate. We are hopeful that she will follow through on her plans to improve the living conditions of the city.

We acknowledge the allegations of Bass’s involvement in a bribery and fraud scandal with the University of Southern California (USC) that surfaced during her campaign. Federal prosecutors argued that Bass accepted an unethical financial aid gift of at least $95,000 in 2011 from the former dean of USC’s social work program, Marilyn Flynn, who is currently under investigation for bribing influential politicians in exchange for increased funding and favorable public policies for the program. Furthermore, the omission of this “scholarship” from her campaign filings is interpreted by many as an attempt to cover up this alleged quid pro quo deal.

Regardless of whether the money was an innocent scholarship offer or a shady kickback, Angelenos are understandably wary of corruption and political duplicity, especially following the leaked racist audio tainting the Los Angeles City Council and various other bribery and kickback scandals plaguing City Hall. Bass is inheriting a politically broken city, yet we hope that she will restore public faith in municipal government. Los Angeles and its leaders must exude integrity and diversity — not corruption and hypocrisy.

We call on LMU students and our community members to actively engage with Bass and city government efforts. Although our student body comes from all over the world, we hold a responsibility to this city, and we are affected by its policies and leaders while we are here.

Managing Editor

Jennifer Woo ('25) is an economics major from Garden Grove, Calif. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, hanging out with friends and trying new coffee shops.

Managing Editor

Connor Rose ('23) is a screenwriting major from Mission Viejo, Calif. He's a normal human being who enjoys doing normal human being things such as blinking and drinking water.

Asst. Managing Editor

Kylie Clifton ('25) is a journalism major from Dublin, Calif. She loves curating outfits, duplicating herself and breaking the silence.

Asst. Managing Editor

Yukana Inoue ('23) is a film, television and media studies major from Chiba, Japan. She loves drinking boba, finding good food places and going to concerts.

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PatrioticUSGlory

I'm going to pick just ONE of the many problems with this article: Why is it It "hard to believe that even in a city as diverse as Los Angeles, this is the first time a female mayor is coming to power"? The erroneous implication is it's discrimination, similar to the myth surrounding the "wage gap" between men and women. Even leading feminist Christina Hoff Sommers concedes as much. There are so many variables for why a woman has not become mayor until now that it would make your head spin. The least relevant reason is discrimination and bias.

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