Vice President Kamala Harris will swear in Karen Bass because the forty third mayor of Los Angeles on Sunday.
The pairing is freighted with historic significance: In 2020, Harris turned the primary Black lady and first South Asian lady to be elected vp. Final month, Bass turned the primary Black lady to be elected mayor of L.A.
Bass requested the vp to manage the oath of workplace as a nod to their standing as two of California’s strongest Black ladies, based on a Harris aide. Harris was honored to be requested, the aide added.
Harris, who was elected statewide thrice and retains her residence in L.A., will administer the oath of workplace on the inauguration ceremony Sunday. The ceremony, set to happen on the steps of Metropolis Corridor, will embody musical and cultural performances, based on Bass spokesperson Zach Seidl. The vp won’t ship remarks, a Harris aide mentioned.
Harris and President Biden endorsed Bass in August, after she gained the June main by 7 proportion factors over her rival, billionaire actual property developer Rick Caruso. Former President Obama additionally threw his help behind Bass shortly earlier than the November election. Bass, 69, a six-term congresswoman who was on Biden’s brief record of potential operating mates, drew extra votes than any mayoral candidate in Los Angeles’ historical past.
The vp isn’t recognized to have an in depth relationship with Bass, however the two politicians labored collectively on policing points when Harris was within the Senate.
Harris appeared twice with the congresswoman on the marketing campaign path, together with at an occasion centered on the struggle over reproductive rights after the Supreme Court docket’s choice to overturn Roe vs. Wade and at a political rally on the eve of the election.
The White Home has maintained shut relations with L.A.’s mayor-elect and outgoing Mayor Eric Garcetti, who served as Biden’s nationwide co-chair of his 2020 presidential marketing campaign and whose affirmation as ambassador to India stays unsure. The mayor has been caught up in controversy about what he knew about sexual harassment allegations towards aide Rick Jacobs.
White Home Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre informed reporters final month that confirming Garcetti was an administration precedence in the course of the lame-duck session of Congress. A vote on the appointment has but to be scheduled.
The president additionally waded into native politics amid the scandal surrounding a racist audio recording involving three Los Angeles Metropolis Council members.
California has lengthy been crucial to Democratic presidents, and Bass could be a strong ally in a possible 2024 showdown ought to Biden determine to not run for a second time period. Gov. Gavin Newsom has dismissed rumors that he’s planning a White Home bid regardless of taking a extra outstanding function on the nationwide stage in latest months.
The Bass marketing campaign mentioned in an announcement that the mayor-elect would maintain the inaugural ceremony Sunday “to make it easier for Angelenos to attend and to ensure her first day as mayor is dedicated to bringing unhoused Angelenos inside and making our city safer and more livable for all.”
Occasions workers author Julia Wick contributed to this report.