Congratulations to Karen Bass who is the first woman, second Black person, elected Mayor of Los Angeles. From her activist days on the ground leading the Community Coalition from a storefront in South LA, to making waves in Sacramento and Washington D.C. She makes history yet again!
Over the years, we have formed a great friendship built on respect, admiration and a common goal to serve the people. The Congresswoman served as the first Black woman Speaker when I was in the Assembly during California’s greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. Her strong leadership played a critical role in helping get California through a very dark period in our state history. She’s the ideal person to lead Los Angeles as we write the next chapter of our story.
Whether fighting to protect the rights of women, children and families, immigrants, students, businesses, workers or veterans, she has raised her powerful voice on behalf of our most vulnerable populations and has earned this historical title.
I’m proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with her to ensure a more equitable, just and prosperous future for Los Angeles.