Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) acknowledged Wednesday night during a debate among the candidates for mayor of Los Angeles that her sense of physical safety in the city has dropped from a “10/10” in March to a “5/5″ today. 10”, after her home was burglarized.
Billionaire real estate developer Rick Caruso, who was second only to Bath in the primaries, responded: “You’re worried about your kids going to school. I don’t want to give my kids a ‘5’ and say, ‘Okay, Your chances of success are 50/50.'”
Crime is one of the main issues in the election, along with homelessness — although Bass, like other Democrats, has used the abortion issue to motivate voters against Caruso, a former Republican who has in the past Donate to pro-life candidates.
Earlier this month, Bass was the victim of a break-in from her home where two guns were stolen. Bass told local Fox affiliate KTTV-11 that “her gun was registered at the time of the theft, locked in a safe, and hidden in a closet”.
During the debate, Caruso noted that current Mayor Eric Garcetti has “defunded” the police by $150 million; Bass was an early critic of the “defund the police” slogan and supported expanding the LA police size of the bureau.
The two candidates clashed over their homelessness policies and an ongoing bribery case at USC, where Bass was not the target of prosecution, where she was awarded a $95,000 scholarship that she belatedly Report to Congress.
Joel B. Pollak is a senior editor at Housekaart News and Housekaart News Sunday Stream Sundays on Sirius XM Patriot from 7-10pm ET (4-7pm PT). He is the author of a recent ebook, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. His most recent book, red november, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the recipient of the 2018 Robert Nowak Journalism Alumni Scholarship.follow him on twitter @Joel Pollack.