The race for mayor of Los Angeles spurred by the recognition of the famous Kardashian, Musk

When Democrats from Los Angeles go to the polls on Tuesday, name “Rick Caruso” will probably be at the forefront of their minds. Caruso, a billionaire who made most of his fortune by developing outdoor malls, he borrowed $ 37.5 million for his campaign in the race to become the next mayor of LA.

That cash helped Carus flood Angelenos’ consciousness with a tsunami of commercials promoting his message of a “fierce fight against crime” and a recent wave of celebrity accolades. Praise from people like kim kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Elon Musk, Wolfgang Puck i (most surprising) Snoop Dogg it looks honest and enthusiastic – but when you look a little closer, it’s as shallow as the rest of Carus’s campaign.

This is not the first time Caruso has considered running for mayor – he was a Republican back in 2012 who changed his affiliation to independence. He switched back in 2016 to support longtime Ohio Gov. candidate John Kasich in the Republican primary against Donald Trump. Was only this January when Caruso registered as a Democratsomething he had to do to be able to run in Tuesday’s primary.

Compliments like Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Elon Musk, Wolfgang Puck and (strangest of all) Snoop Dogg look sincere and enthusiastic.

Caruso gained momentum with his promise to clean up city streets in a campaign comparable to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his “broken window” policies of the 1990s. (It is worth noting New York police found “no evidence” that the decline in crime at the time could be attributed to an increase in police officers who suppressed minor offenses.) The billionaire plan for Los Angeles involves increasing the city’s police department to 11,000 police officers, more than ever before.

He also said that he would declare himself “emergency situation” of the homeless in the city, which allowed him to bypass the Los Angeles City Council in addressing some 41,000 non-displaced people in LA To be fair, the policy Caruso advocates goes beyond simply removing campsites. He said he would expand Project Roomkey, a program that began during the pandemic turn unused hotels and motels into shelters for the neglected. He also pledged to double the number of beds available, building about 30,000 in less than a year, and to quadruple the number of beds. number of small homes available in the city.

But some of Carus’s promises have led the public to wonder, “How will this work?” For example, according to Los Angeles Times, LAPD currently has about 9,352 employees and thanks to the “administrative hustle and bustle of employment” that number will not be significantly higher next year. Caruso told the Times that in order to overcome that hurdle, he would “reduce ‘the time it takes to check candidates’ and consider offering bonuses to sign new employees.” (Because if there is something department with like a dark history of brutality as the LAPD needs, it is even less a thorough screening of candidates.)

Likewise, New York Times columnist Jay Caspian Kang recently wrote that Caruso “promises peace on both sides” in a debate on how to deal with homelessness. For those who believe that drug addiction and mental health are the main determinants, he promised to create a “Department of Mental Health and Addiction Treatment.” For those who think the lack of housing is largely to blame, he “called for the expansion of ongoing housing support and rent protection and said he would ask the federal government to triple the number of vouchers in section 8 to help families in need afford rent.” ”

But, Kang points out, Carus’ plans for the homeless require a fleet of civilian and non-profit workers that do not exist. The current mobilization against homelessness across the state has been seen a great shortage of staffsomething me wrote about March. The shortcoming reflects a very sobering reality: it is difficult to find a lot of people who want to do emotional and physical work with people who are not accommodated. ”

Which brings us back to Carus ’famous sponsors, most of whom at least say their support is based on his policies. “When it comes to my hometown and there are people who can really make a difference, I think he can really help fight crime in our city, which is such a big problem.” said Kardashian in an Instagram story. Snoop also said in a Zoom call in which he announced his support: “We are part of everything you are a part of, in terms of bringing love to the community and keeping people there who were part of the community.”

Snoop and Kardashian and other celebrities are in the community with Carus because they are really, really rich.

But Snoop and Kardashian and other celebrities are in the community with Carus because they are really, really rich. Many spent time in the same social circles, especially Paltrow, who is a “neighbor and longtime friend.” according to Variety. (She also owns a Goop store in Caruso Resort, which includes supporters and Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos and music mogul Scooter Brown.)

The wealth they have accumulated has enabled many of his famous sponsors to escape precisely from the problems that Caruso is dealing with. Instead of living in Los Angeles itself, their homes are mostly in various cities in Los Angeles County: Kardashian lives in Hidden Hillslocated near Calabasas, where her mother (and Caruso endorser) Chris Jenner lives; Snoop lives in Diamond Bar. Paltrow doesn’t even live in the county – he lives in Montecito, which is part of Santa Barbara County. That they weigh in this race from their closed communities is great. “She’s not even going here!”Energy.

It also means that very few celebrities would vouch for Carus actually be under his jurisdiction would he become mayor. Its power would stop at the city limits – or even without them, given that there are several municipalities whose power extends within the confines of Los Angeles itself. And you have to wonder if these Carus fans would support the construction of his proposed permanent housing to address the homeless within the city limits of their wealthy enclaves – they should, but I guess not at all.

On the way to Tuesday’s election, Caruso was practically tied with his biggest opponent, Rap. Karen Bass, D-Calif. Black progressive who is on Joe Biden’s shortlist for vice president during the 2020 presidential race, Bass holds a slight advantage, according to a new survey by the LA Times and the University of California, Berkeley. Neither is likely to get the 50 percent of the vote needed to avoid a second round in November, meaning Angelenos is likely to spend much more time telling him about Caruso’s kindness by celebrities who don’t live in Los Angeles.

The mind is spinning trying to imagine how much money Caruso will probably spend by the end of this race. It is almost equally astonishing that there are more Hollywood elites – including Paltrow bacilli fundraising for Carus. Imagine that: Supposedly, in order to fix the homelessness crisis, these rich individuals decided to give it to a billionaire who is more than able to finance his campaign. There is a real disconnect here between the world in which Carus’s supporters live and the one who will really feel the impact of the “law and order” he promises to restore.

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