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Did You Miss the Debates? Here’s How to Catch Up

LA mayoral candidates Rick Caruso and Karen Bass faced off in a rare head-to-head debate last night. LA County sheriff candidates Alex Villanueva and Robert Luna also took the stage for their own debate.


With the fall election season heating up, and only a few weeks until election day, the candidates for Los Angeles mayor and LA County sheriff faced off in rare back-to-back debates last night. Both sessions, held to less than an hour each, included some contentious topics, including mayoral candidates Karen Bass and Rick Caruso sparring over homelessness and their respective ties to USC, and sheriff candidates Alex Villanueva and Robert Luna clashing over ethics, racism (particularly anti-African American sentiment in law enforcement), the LA Board of Supervisors, and more.  Both debates are still available if you missed them last night, or if you’d like to watch again.

The mayoral debate is available here:



…and the sheriff debate can be found here:



Over the next few weeks, as the election approaches, the Buzz will more fully cover several upcoming and more-local campaign events and races. In the meantime, here are some of our stories from before last spring’s primary election, featuring candidates who both participated in a wide-ranging discussion series conducted by the Hang Out Do Good local advocacy group, and who have now advanced to the fall ballot:


Los Angeles Mayor
Karen Bass –

LA County Supervisor
Bob Hertzberg –
Lindsey Horvath –

City Council District 5
Katy Young Yaroslavsky –
Sam Yebri –

City Council District 13
Hugo Soto Martinez –
Mitch O’Farrell –

California State Assembly District 51
Louis Abramson –


NOTE:  This list is limited to candidates who participated in the HODG discussion series last spring, so does not include all current candidates for each race (missing are mayoral candidate Rick Caruso and 51st Assembly District candidate Rick Chavez Zbur).  Candidates’ inclusion or non-inclusion on the list does not indicate an endorsement or non-endorsement by the Buzz.


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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and has been writing for the Buzz since 2015.

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