Karen Bass was sworn in as 43rd mayor of Los Angeles Sunday, in a star-studded ceremony at the Microsoft Theater Sunday.
Swearing her in was U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, who served with Bass in congress and said, “I know she will serve the people of this great city with honor.”
After thanking the city, Bass reiterated her commitment to housing the homeless and working with the communities to make Los Angeles safer.
Promising that her first action as mayor would be to declare a state of emergency on homelessness, using the imagery of the city “locking arms” with her as she makes efforts to tackle homelessness.
“… tomorrow morning, I will start my first day as mayor at the city’s emergency operation centers, where my first act as mayor will be to declare a state of emergency on homelessness,” Bass said during the ceremony Sunday. “My emergency declaration will recognize the severity of our crisis and break new ground to maximize our ability to urgently move people inside and to do so for good.”
During the ceremony, City Council President Paul Krekorian swore in the group of newly elected council members, which included Katy Young-Yaroslavsky, Hugo Soto-Martinez, Tim McOsker, Eunisses Hernandez, Traci Park. Also sworn in were the newly elected city controller and city attorney, Kenneth Mejia and Hydee Feldstein Soto, respectively.
The ceremony was attended by California Governor Gavin Newsom, as well as several other high-profile democrats who had given Bass their endorsement.
Performing at the ceremony were the likes of Stevie Wonder, Mary Mary and poet Amanda Gorman.
The night before the swearing-in ceremony, Eric Garcetti signed his final law as mayor of Los Angeles, giving way to L.A.’s Green New Deal. The law will bring a slew of changes to the city, including a requirement for new buildings to be built all-electric, as well as a ban on Styrofoam products for food, beverages, shipping and packing materials.
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