Rancor over development, crime shadow LA mayor’s race

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s toughest competitor in his campaign for a second term might not be another candidate.

Anxiety over denser, taller development and a jump in violent crime have injected some uncertainty into what otherwise looks like a lopsided contest.

The 46-year-old Democrat faces 10, little-known rivals in the March 7 election and is favored to return to City Hall.

However, the mayor shares the ballot with a proposal intended to restrict large real estate projects that challenges his vision for building thousands of new apartments clustered around train stations.

And there are concerns about safety with a higher crime rate.

One of the biggest questions is who will vote.

Angelenos tend to greet local elections with a shrug, and turnout sometimes struggles to get into double digits.