This year's Los Angeles mayoral contest contrasted two opposing points of view and, more crucially, two opposing strategies for the city's future.
Compared to previous elections, it attracted national interest, and as Election Day approached, anxiety could be felt all around the city.
Politics was constantly being promoted to Angelenos on TV, social media, and anywhere else you can think of.
Candidate Rick Caruso, a successful real estate developer who attempted to buy his way into City Hall by spending $100 million of his own money, dominated them.
Yes, $100 million to run for mayor of Los Angeles. He also failed. On Wednesday, Congresswoman Karen Bass was named the victor.
The homeless or other worthy charities could have benefited from the usage of such cash.
Instead, Caruso maintained making pledges to the electorate that he would increase the size of the police force and implement a tough-on-crime policy. Many people in LA had unpleasant recollections triggered by this
Having grown up in South Central Los Angeles as a native Californian, I have direct experience with the significance of municipal elections and the effects that law-and-order politics have on communities of color that are Black and Brown.
People of color have been disenfranchised for a long time as a result of prejudiced laws and polarizing politics.
I experienced the crack cocaine epidemic that ravaged South Los Angeles neighborhoods. I was a resident of the 1980s and 1990s when the militarization of the LAPD and mass incarceration of Black and Latino kids