Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) admitted during a debate among the Los Angeles mayoral candidates Wednesday night that her sense of personal security in the city had declined from “10/10” in March to “5/10” today, after her house had been broken into.
Billionaire real estate developer Rick Caruso, who came second to Bass in the primaries, replied: “You worry that your kids are going to school. I don’t want to give my kid a ‘5’ 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, although Bass, like other Democrats, has used the issue of abortion to motivate voters against Caruso, a former Republican who has donated to pro-life candidates in the past.
Bass was the victim of a burglary at her home earlier this month in which two firearms were stolen. Bass told local TBEN affiliate KTTV-11 “her guns were registered, locked in a safe and locked away in a closet” when they were stolen.
During the debate, Caruso pointed out that the current mayor, Eric Garcetti, had “definanced” the police with $150 million; Bass was an early critic of the slogan “defund the police” 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 reported late to Congress.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday nights from 7pm to 10pm ET (4pm to 7pm PT). He is the author of the recent ebook Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential election from a conservative perspective. He is winner of the Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship 2018. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.