Davenport said she doesn’t usually attend political events, but made an exception this time.
“We wanted to help celebrate and commemorate this momentous occasion,” said Davenport. “I feel like she shows that she’s willing to take on more than just really tough problems.”
Voters have been unhappy about whether a course correction is possible and have described it as cynical, but thousands gathered at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday to become the city’s first woman to lead the We celebrated the election of the second black mayor after Tom Bradley. As the longest tenured executive in the history of Los Angeles. Bass is the latest in a growing number of women elected to leadership positions in the region.
The ceremony featured musicians including Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder’s performance of “Living for the City” brought the new mayor to her feet. Chloe Bailey and the duo Mary Mary. The event also featured a reading of poet Amanda Gorman, which drew her a standing ovation.
Attendees donned rain jackets and umbrellas as they waited through security. Some wore suits, others wore sequins and Santa hats. While queuing up at the LA Live complex, guests held out their phones to take selfies in front of the theater marquee. Bass’s smile and her motto, “A New Day for Los Angeles,” were captured.
Earl Charles, a professor at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California, neared the front lines of the first mayoral inauguration in Los Angeles, where he has lived for nearly 40 years. He said he was a longtime supporter of Bass and trusted her to carry out her campaign promises.
“Of course, one of the first things we do is address the homeless situation,” said Charles, 69, of Granada Hills in the San Fernando Valley. “For me, that’s the number one problem.”
Other attendees agreed that homelessness should be a top priority on the new mayor’s agenda. He said he felt like it had never been the easiest time to make real progress.