Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) admitted at a debate among Los Angeles mayoral candidates Wednesday night that her sense of personal safety in the city had dropped from a “10/10” in March to a “5/10” today. after his house was stolen.
Billionaire real estate developer Rick Caruso, who finished second to Bass in the primary, responded: “You’re worried about your kids going to school. “I don’t want to put a ‘5’ on my kid and say, ‘Well, there’s a 50/50 chance you’ll make it.'”
Crime is one of the top issues in the election, along with homelessness — though Bass, like other Democrats, has seized on the abortion issue to motivate voters against Caruso, a former Republican who has donated to pro-life candidates in the past.
Earlier this month, Bass was the victim of a home break-in where two guns were stolen. Bass told local Fox affiliate KTTV-11 “that her guns were registered, locked in a safe and hidden in a closet” when they were stolen.
In the debate, Caruso pointed out that the current mayor, Eric Garcetti, had “shorn” the police of $150 million; Bass was an early critic of the “defund the police” slogan and supports increasing the size of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The two candidates clashed over their homelessness policies and an ongoing bribery case at the University of Southern California, where Bass, who is not a target of prosecution, received a $95,000 scholarship that she belatedly reported to Congress.
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