LA mayoral race: Interactive charts show where the city’s candidates are getting money

Hello and welcome to Essential California newsletter. It is Wednesday May 11. I am Justin Ray.

Los Angeles residents were expected to begin receiving their ballots this week to have their say on who will be the city’s next mayor.

Candidates offer very different solutions for the problems facing the city. But there’s one thing they have in common: Over the next month, they’ll have to get their name out there through a mix of publicity, events and canvassing.

You may have questions, such as, how and where can you vote? What do the candidates represent? To help you, we have published a guide to the election.

In this year’s election, nearly $40 million was paid out in contributions and loans, the most of any Los Angeles mayoral race to date. Billionaire developer Rick Caruso gave his campaign $25 million, far more than any other candidate in the race.

Speaking of money in the race, the Los Angeles Times has released an interactive chart that shows where in the city each contestant received money from. The Times found patterns in pockets of support received across the state.

There are several takeaways from the interactive chart. On the one hand, residents of affluent areas opened their checkbooks, with more than $280,000 coming from Brentwood alone, the highest amount of any region. Karen Bass receives contributions not only from large swathes of the city, but also from what appears to be the San Bernardino-Riverside corridor. Kevin de León appears to draw financial contributions from heavily Latin American areas to the east of the city proper.

You can enter your own zip code to see where your neighborhood money went. Check everything here.

And now, Here’s what’s happening across California:

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Exclusive interview: Columnist Bill Plaschke sat down with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss for an exclusive, wide-ranging interview that included all the major questions fans have been asking this offseason. She says she understands fans’ frustration and agrees that “I have to improve on it.” Los Angeles Times

Jeanie Buss, CEO and co-owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, pictured in 2021.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

“The homeless community is exploding. There are no places to go. Except jails. This conversation between activist Theo Henderson and researcher Ananya Roy is about how Los Angeles can combat homelessness. The discussion, which took place at UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracyof which Roy is Founding Director and Henderson is Activist-in-Residence, explores the role of government intervention as well as the need to elevate public discourse around the subject. Los Angeles Times

A man and a woman sit outside in bright sunshine under tall trees.

Theo Henderson, left, and Ananya Roy discussed homelessness for Image magazine.

(Brittany Bravo / For The Times)

Meet the GOAT of bass fishermen. “There are many Los Angeles sports GOATs. Kobe Bryant. Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Wayne Gretzky. Butch Brown. Butch Brown? writes Steven E. Banks. “It’s a name spoken in hushed tones of reverence in the bass fishing community.” Los Angeles Times

An investigation into allegations surrounding Mayor Eric Garcetti and his former top aide found it ‘extremely unlikely’ that Garcetti was unaware of the assistant’s alleged inappropriate behavior. Los Angeles Times

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San Diego is wasting millions of taxpayer dollars by not preventing city employee injuries with more stringent safety protocols and a deeper analysis of how injuries occur, according to a new city audit. He also claims that the city’s injury policy failures pushed the city’s workers’ compensation claims rate 17% higher than the average for large California cities. San Diego Union-Tribune

Michael Tubbs, first black mayor of Stockton and author of the memoirs “The deeper the roots”, talks about his non-profit organization End Poverty in California (EPIC). In a new interview, Tubbs explains his plan to overhaul the state’s vast and complex social programs and disruptive policies and systems that have dictated the status quo for decades. Capital and principal

California lawmakers say they are troubled by state comptroller Betty Yee’s behind-the-scenes advice to a politically connected firm seeking a $600 million untendered government contract to provide COVID-19 masks, prompting some to call for a second legislative hearing on the failed deal. Los Angeles Times

A woman speaks into a microphone.

The actions of California comptroller Betty Yee, pictured in 2016, in a COVID-19 mask deal are in question.

(Rich Pedroncelli/AP)


Authorities are investigating four homicides in California prisons. The most recent is the death of inmate Camilo Banoslopez, 22. Officials said he was attacked shortly after 11:40 a.m. Friday at California State Prison in Sacramento by four inmates. Los Angeles Times


Your lawn will suffer in the midst of the mega-drought. Save money and put him out of his misery. Outdoor watering restrictions will make watering your lawn impossible, which means SoCal residents have to face a stark truth. “Instead of watching your lawn die, you can watch your beautiful California garden thrive,” says Rebecca Kimitch, spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Water District. Los Angeles Times


Why didn’t UC Berkeley build more student housing? This month, thousands of Cal students and graduates may struggle to find housing. “By housing only 22% of its undergraduates and 9% of its graduate students — the lowest percentage in the UC system — UC Berkeley guaranteed the wild ride of spring,” writes Frances Dinkelspiel. Berkeleyside

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Today california memory is of Libby Breen:

My great-aunt Elizabeth Pallette Brady wrote a story of our family called “Beneath the Lake”. It contained a story about Joseph Sumner, who traveled by boat and wagon to Kernville, then known as Whiskey Flats. Joe left his young family in Maine in 1849 to pan for gold in California and, after finding gold, opened a mine called the Sumner Mine, later the Big Blue. Twenty years later, his wife and adult children join him. The family history is as fascinating as the early days of California and Los Angeles.

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