Will new LA Mayor Karen Bass reset the city’s job and housing markets?

New Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass has amassed a formidable progressive voting record in Congress over the past decade. After withstanding a $100 million spending barrage from her opponent, Rick Caruso, in the mayoral race, she will have the opportunity as the helm of the nation’s second-largest city to make a reality. his political vision on the ground in Southern California.

Unions and community organizations that have campaigned in recent years for higher wages and better working conditions, more affordable housing and stronger protections for service sector employees believe there is a real chance big changes in Los Angeles.

UNIT: HERE Local 11, the SEIU, AFSCME, and other unions at the forefront of organizing in the city supported Bass’ candidacy from the start. Trade unions focus particularly on a series of global sporting events to be held in the city over the next few years, resulting in huge investments in infrastructure, transportation, hotels and, they hope, affordable housing.

There are the 2026 World Cup football matches; LA is one of 11 U.S. host cities, with other cities in Canada and Mexico also involved in the billion-dollar spectacle. And there’s the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028. There’s also college football championship games next month and the US Open golf championships next June.

As we saw with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where hundredsotherwise thousandsmigrant workers have died on construction projects in recent years – vulnerable workers often end up being considered disposable as cities and countries seek to erect gleaming new infrastructure.

Qatar represents an extreme example of inequality: an astonishing 90 percent of the population is made up of migrant workers, many of whom are regularly victims of wage theft, confiscation of their identity documents and other violations of fundamental rights. But the country is not alone in sacrificing the welfare of those who organize and stage global sporting events in order to put on a brilliant show for sports fans around the world. Hundreds of migrant workers are also believed to have died constructing the facilities of the Sochi Winter Olympics which took place in Russia in 2014.

Similarly, vulnerable residents are often swept away by major development projects. Some reports suggest that over a million Beijing residents were forcibly moved to make way for the infrastructure of the 2008 Olympics. Eight years later, tens of thousands of people were displaced from the poor neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro as Brazil prepared to host the Games. the London Olympics, 2012, have been widely praised for the redevelopment of large parts of the East End. But the effect of this redevelopment caused real estate prices to skyrocket, eventually excluding many residents from the housing market.

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