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Los Angeles – Americans in the City of Angels put their weight on Tuesday in the ongoing major primaries.
“I think the current situation with crime and the situation of the homeless is a big factor,” Nana, of Marina del Rey, told Fox News. “We have to take into account what is happening with our local situation.”
Trulla, of Venice, said the “homeless issue” affected her vote the most.
“We’re in Venice, and everywhere,” she added. “It’s worse than it was before.”
Los Angeles Mayoral assistant front runner Karen Bass, if elected, would be ‘crime smart’
Crime and homelessness took center stage in the primary race, pitting the deputy. Karen Bass and billionaire real estate developer Rick Caruso against each other as the flagship’s top competitors.
Caruso, a former Republican, suggested adding 1,500 police officers to the force, while Bass favored community crime prevention programs.
“It was kind of careless,” John, from Venice, told Fox News. “I thought Karen Bass had more government experience, and that’s what it takes just to run a bureaucracy.”
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Caruso also promised to quickly remove the homeless camps that have become prevalent throughout Los Angeles and add 30,000 housing units. Bass also aims to end the camps, although through less aggressive means, add 15,000 beds and rely on job training and mental health and addiction services.
“We have one of the biggest cities in the country and we’ve left it running,” said Gary, who voted for Bass. “Look around, homeless people everywhere.”
“We have very high taxes,” he told Fox News. “We need to take action, we have the people, we have the mindset, we really have the capital to make it work.”
Crime in the spotlight as California heads to the polls at major races garnering national attention
The race saw many celebrity endorsements. Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian threw support behind Caruso. Meanwhile, actor Ken Jeong-bass has endorsed.
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But Los Angeles voters told Fox News that the treatment in Hollywood has had little effect on those they support.
“I haven’t looked at any of them because I don’t have cable TV,” one Los Angeles voter said.
Gary told Fox News, “My wife says I don’t even know what a celebrity is. I didn’t even realize they were endorsing anyone.”
Isabel McDonnell contributed to this report.