Bass vs. Caruso: How to pick the next Los Angeles mayor. A voter guide

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(Photo illustration by Nicole Vas / Los Angeles Times; Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times; Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles mayoral election was Nov. 8.

Click here for the latest results from the election. Races are called by the Associated Press using vote returns and other data. However, final results will not be available until all mail-in and conditional ballots are counted.

Another batch of results is expected Friday as Karen Bass and Rick Caruso vie to become the next Los Angeles mayor.

A new round of election results released Thursday show Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva continuing to trail badly against his opponent Robert Luna.

Rick Caruso edges slightly ahead of Rep. Karen Bass in the race to become the 43rd mayor of Los Angeles. But the race is still too close to call.


Who are the candidates?

Rep. Karen Bass and real estate developer Rick Caruso are the two candidates in the L.A. Mayor race. Recent polling indicates that Bass has a significant lead in the race, but Caruso, a longtime Republican who is now a registered Democrat, is widely expected to unleash a massive field campaign in coming weeks.


Bass/Caruso on homelessness

Where do they stand on key issues


More on the candidates


Dive deep into other local races

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is in a tight race to keep his job, with retired Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna emerging as the front-runner.

Los Angeles’ November election will feature three local ballot measures.

State Senator Bob Hertzberg and West Hollywood City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath are running to replace Sheila Kuehl on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.


Tracking the money

Rick Caruso is expected to spend more than $53 million on advertising in the L.A. mayor’s race, far outpacing his opponent, Karen Bass.

Rep. Karen Bass issued an apology Friday after she suggested that a Latino Democratic club was paid by rival Rick Caruso to endorse him in the L.A. mayor’s race.

Caruso has spent more than $61 million of his own money in the L.A. mayor’s race, according to the latest filings.


Our columnists weigh in

Many L.A. residents seem to be pretty fixed on who they like and trust in the race for mayor between Karen Bass and Rick Caruso.

Bradley, Riordan, Hahn, Villaraigosa, Garcetti. Next up as L.A. mayor, Bass or Caruso?

L.A. mayoral candidate Karen Bass says she expects ‘rocky road’ on homelessness but relishes the challenge.

L.A. mayoral candidates Rick Caruso and Karen Bass say housing for homeless people and others can be high quality and much cheaper.

For the last year, Alex Villanueva and I had dropped diss tracks on each other in public, online and in print. I figured a lunchtime stroll — the wannabe cowboy and the scribbling son of one — would be a fitting next round.

Advocates, outreach workers and homeless people on skid row want coherent plans from candidates, not big promises.

Rick Caruso took a trek through Boyle Heights to meet with Latinos. They can decide the mayoral election for him — if enough show up to vote.

Los Angeles mayoral candidate Rick Caruso visits Highland Park residents eager for someone to address homelessness.

It’s obvious why Villanueva keeps denying his own words. He’s perpetually trying to save his political ass.



Los Angeles mayoral candidates Karen Bass and Rick Caruso both have plans to tackle the city’s homeless issue. We press them on the details.


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