LA mayor’s debate: Congresswoman Karen Bass says she doesn’t support LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s bid for re-election

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Developer Rick Caruso, who loaned his Los Angeles mayoral campaign more than $22 million with more than a month until the June 7 primary election, took fire from the other four candidates onstage Sunday night during The ABC7 Town Hall Debate held at Cal State Los Angeles in partnership with the Pat Brown Institute and the League of Women Voters.

“Unless you were an electron, grid, renewable energy, nuclear, wind, geothermal, prodigy, it was wealth and privilege that got you there,” he said. said city councilor Kevin de León, who is also a candidate for mayor, in Caruso. “You were an accomplished insider. You are actually a politician. You always wanted to be a politician, and you are here today.”

Caruso responded quickly, calling De León’s statements “personal attacks”.

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“Personal attacks seem to cloud the responsibility that people want to take on like you,” Caruso told De León.

Congresswoman Karen Bass, another mayoral candidate, also took aim at Caruso.

“Rick, you’re the only one on this stage with the personal wealth and resources to build affordable housing and as far as I know I don’t think you’ve built affordable housing,” she said. .

The candidates have all said they will improve city-county relations over homelessness just days after the head of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) resigned in frustration.

“In the county of 88 cities, the city of Los Angeles has had weak anti-camping laws, so of course they all come to our city,” said mayoral candidate and Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino. .

City Attorney Mike Feuer, also a candidate, said he thinks LAHSA’s lineup needs to change.

“I think we should have elected officials sitting there,” Feuer said.

Bass thinks the city and county have tried to reduce homelessness, but “didn’t commit to ending it.”

“This is the United States of America, Los Angeles, California, and we are not going to allow our people to continue dying on the streets,” Bass said.

León accused Broken Windows of monitoring Los Angeles Police Department employees while Caruso led the police commission to criminalize homelessness, which Caruso called a “grotesque lie.”

Caruso then explained how he would tackle the rise in violent crime.

“Good policing is about community policing,” he said. “That’s what I did 20 years ago as chairman of the police commission with [former L.A. police chief Bill Bratton.] You need to build trust between officers and the community, and that means community policing and senior officers. »

The five candidates were asked if they supported LA County’s Alex Villanueva bid for re-election, and all said they hadn’t made a decision except Bass, who said no.

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