One in ten LA County residents plans to move out in the next year, according to the latest USC Dornsife-Union Bank LABarometer livability survey. That number represents a 40% increase from 2019 when 7% reported plans to leave the county.
Satisfaction with the quality of life in Los Angeles is below the state average but largely unchanged since 2019. Interestingly, residents perceive less crime, vandalism, and drug and alcohol use in their neighborhoods compared to two years ago.
But LA County is experiencing a surge in violent crime. According to Sheriff Alex Villanueva, there has been a 95% increase in homicides this year. Aggravated assaults are up 12.8%, rapes are up 7%, arson is up 22.4%, and grand theft auto has increased by 40%.
LA’s crime wave has intensified scrutiny of District Attorney George Gascón. Since his election in November, he has issued a series of controversial directives including the elimination of cash bail and sentencing enhancements; prohibiting deputy DAs from attending parole hearings; and barring prosecution for a host of crimes ranging from trespassing and driving without a license to drug possession, making criminal threats, and resisting arrest. Seventeen cities have now issued votes of no confidence in the prosecutor amid a recall effort: Arcadia; Beverly Hills; Covina; Diamond Bar; La Mirada; Lancaster; Manhattan Beach; Palos Verdes Estates; Pico Rivera; Redondo Beach; Rosemead; San Gabriel; Santa Clarita; Santa Fe Springs; Temple City; and Whittier.