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Photos: L.A. mayoral candidates face questions on homelessness, safety and COVID-19

Candidates greet one another
From left, Kevin de Leon, Karen Bass, Mike Feuer, Joe Buscaino and Rick Caruso greet one another after the mayoral debate Tuesday night at USC’s Bovard Auditorium.
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The first attack against mayoral candidate Rick Caruso came less than 10 minutes into Tuesday night’s mayoral debate at USC’s Bovard Auditorium.

City Councilman Joe Buscaino, before discussing his housing plans, quipped that he was glad Caruso “finally” was on the debate stage.

“I think I was attacked,” Caruso told the audience, looking amused. “It felt like an attack.”

Nearly all of the other big-name candidates for Los Angeles mayor took aim at Caruso, attacking the real estate developer over his police spending plan, his support for Dist. Atty. George Gascón and his personal yacht in the first televised forum to feature all five onstage.

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Rep. Karen Bass meets students
Rep. Karen Bass meets students after the mayoral debate at USC’s Bovard Auditorium.
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Mayoral candidates debate.
From left, Joe Buscaino, Kevin de Leon, Karen Bass, Rick Caruso and Mike Feuer on the debate stage.
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Rep. Karen Bass smiles as Rick Caruso speaks
Karen Bass looks on as Rick Caruso speaks during the debate.
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Buscaino and De Leon shake hands
Los Angeles City Councilmen Joe Buscaino, left, and Kevin de Leon before the debate.
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Rep. Karen Bass, left, is greeted by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer as businessman Rick Caruso waits.
Karen Bass and Mike Feuer shake hands next to Rick Caruso, right.
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Kevin de Leon gestures from a lectern
Kevin de Leon during the debate.
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Businessman Rick Caruso, second from right, makes a rebuttal during the mayoral debate
Rick Caruso makes a point during the forum.
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Joe Buscaino, city councilman, speaks
Joe Buscaino on stage.
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Mike Feuer speaks
Mike Feuer during the debate.
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Rick Caruso hugs a supporter before the debate.
Rick Caruso hugs a supporter before the debate.
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