L.A. mayoral race: Interactive graphic shows where in the city candidates are getting money
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, May 11. I’m Justin Ray.
Los Angeles residents were scheduled to start receiving their ballots this week to make their voices are heard as to who will be the city’s next mayor.
The candidates propose very different solutions for the problems the city faces. But there’s one thing they have in common: Over the next month, they will need to get their names out through a mix of advertising, events and canvassing.
You may have questions, such as, how and where can you vote? What do the candidates stand for?
During this year’s election, nearly $40 million has poured in from contributions and loans, the most of any Los Angeles city mayoral race to date. Billionaire developer Rick Caruso has given his campaign $25 million, far more than any other candidate in the race.
Speaking of money in the race, the Los Angeles Times has published an interactive graphic that shows from where in the city each candidate has received money. The Times found patterns in the pockets of support received across the state.
There are several takeaways from the interactive graphic. For one, residents of affluent areas opened their checkbooks, with more than $280,000 coming in from Brentwood alone, the largest amount of any area. Karen Bass is getting contributions not only from wide swaths of the city but also from what appears to be the San Bernardino-Riverside corridor. Kevin de León appears to be drawing financial contributions from heavily Latino areas to the east of the city proper.
You can enter your own ZIP Code to see where money from your neighborhood went. Check everything out here.
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My great-aunt Elizabeth Pallette Brady wrote a history of our family titled “Beneath the Lake.” It contained a story about Joseph Sumner, who traveled by boat and wagon to Kernville, then known as Whiskey Flats. Joe left his young family in Maine in 1849 to seek California gold and, after finding gold, started a mine called the Sumner Mine, later the Big Blue. Twenty years later his wife and grown children joined him. The family history is as fascinating as the beginnings of California and Los Angeles.
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