Column: In a post-Nury-gate L.A., we need a mayor who can manage a city divided by racism

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For one last time before ballots start arriving in mailboxes for the November election, mayoral candidates Karen Bass and Rick Caruso will meet on stage for a televised debate Tuesday night.

I hope they are prepared. Like, really and truly prepared. Because Angelenos haven’t been this desperate for fair, moral and trustworthy leadership in decades.

For much of that, we can blame Los Angeles City Councilmembers Nury Martinez, Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León and L.A. County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera.

Secretly recorded audio of a conversation they had last year, uploaded to Reddit and revealed by my Times colleagues over the weekend, is full of bigoted “jokes” and half-baked plots to take Black political power and give it to Latinos.

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