Illustration of LA Mayoral race candidates Karen Bass and Rick Caruso
Meet Your Mayor

A political matchmaking quiz for voters


Question 1 of 6

The Los Angeles Police Department currently has fewer than 9,400 sworn officers but is authorized to have about 9,700. As mayor, what would you do?

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Editor’s note: The total cost associated with the LAPD, according to the most recent city budget, is nearly $3.2 billion, which includes $597 million for pensions, $367 million for benefits, and other expenses. The $1.9 billion represents the operational costs that a mayor has the most discretion to adjust.

Question 2 of 6

The current LAPD operating budget of $1.9 billion represents about 16% of the overall city budget. Should LAPD funding stay the same, increase or decrease?

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Question 3 of 6

What do you think is the most important and impactful step the city can take as part of a strategy to ensure that officers responding to a 911 call can recognize a mental health crisis and avoid using lethal force?

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Question 4 of 6

Would you be willing to meet with groups that have been sharply critical of the police, such as Black Lives Matter and Reform L.A. Jails?

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Question 5 of 6

District Attorney George Gascón came to office on a progressive agenda that includes fewer prosecutions for low-level crimes. What statement best reflects your opinion of his agenda?

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Question 6 of 6

What do you think is the most important and impactful step the city can take as part of a strategy to repair the frayed relationships between the LAPD and many of the communities it serves?

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Special thanks to The City, which originally conceived and developed this project for voters in New York.