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Robberies. Drought. Tent Camps. Los Angeles’s Next Mayor Faces a Litany of Crises.



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A homeless encampment in Los Angeles. (AP File Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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As the nation’s second-most-populated city struggles to emerge from the wreckage of the pandemic, a pileup of crises is confronting Los Angeles — and those who hope to become its next mayor next year.

Tens of thousands of people remain unhoused, violent crime is up and sweeping problems like income disparity and global warming are reaching critical mass. The anxiety is being felt in all corners and communities of the city.

“Rome is burning,” former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently said in a local television interview.

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