Meet Karen Bass: A Virtual Event With An LA Mayoral Candidate
The primary election for the next mayor of Los Angeles is just a few weeks away. To help get you ballot-ready, KPCC host Austin Cross (he/him) is sitting down with the candidates for a series of one-on-one interviews — and asking them your top questions.
Karen Bass (she/her) has served in the U.S. Congress since 2011, currently representing the 37th District, which includes Mid City, Westwood, Exposition Park and Baldwin Hills. She is a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Bass served in the State Assembly from 2004-2010 and was elected Speaker in 2008, making her the first Black woman in U.S. history to lead a state legislative body. She founded the Community Coalition, a social justice organization, and the National Foster Youth Institute. She was born in L.A. and is 68 years old.
Note: The determination for candidate participation in this series was based on results of a February poll conducted by the Los Angeles Times and required a 3% threshold. Several people on the ballot had not yet announced their candidacies. A more recent Times poll can be found here. All candidates with active campaigns will be invited to participate in our interactive Meet Your Mayor questionnaire.
This coverage was made possible through support by the Committee for Greater LA in partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Weingart Foundation.