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What Do We Want From the Next L.A. Mayor?

What Do We Want From the Next L.A. Mayor? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

From left to right: Rafael De La Rosa, Janaya Williams, Taylor Bazley, Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro.

A Zócalo Public Square Event with Creating Our Next L.A.
Moderated by Janaya Williams, KCRW’s Host of All Things Considered

Mayoral candidates in Los Angeles love to offer plans and make promises. But in L.A., City Hall is more likely to follow than to lead. Change here has always come from Angelenos themselves, and the ways we interact with each other and cope with the accidents, disasters, and ongoing challenges that define life in L.A. Before June’s first-round mayoral election, Zócalo tunes out the politicians and asks the people: what do we want for Los Angeles, and how might we get it? What will it take to improve our diminishing quality of life, reduce the cost of living, and improve our schools? And what are people prepared to do to make Los Angeles more just, safe, healthy, beautiful, and equitable?

USC political scientist Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, Green Qween co-founder and CEO Taylor Bazley, and CSUN government and community relations assistant vice president Rafael de la Rosa visit Zócalo to imagine what an L.A. of the people, by the people, for the people could look like.

Zócalo invites our in-person audience to continue the conversation with our speakers and each other at a post-event reception with complimentary aguas frescas by Oaxacalifornia.

ASU California Center
1111 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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