LOS ANGELES (KABC) — When Los Angeles Mayor-elect Karen Bass asked members of the Garcetti administration to stay through April because of the short transition, some took it as a sign that little would change at City Hall.
Bass told Eyewitness News that was far from the truth. She just doesn’t want city services to slow down because of staff shortages.
“I will not be the continuation of the Garcetti administration,” Bass said.
In a meeting with small business owner Isabella Casillas Guzman on Friday, Bass reiterated that her focus will be on homelessness and that she believes small businesses can help.
“If we’re going to appeal to people on the street, we need to address income inequality, and the best way to do that is to ensure our small business community is strong, vibrant and able to thrive,” Bass said.
Bass’ three-and-a-half week transition to becoming the 43rd Mayor of Los Angeles is almost over. She will be sworn in on December 11th.
On the subject of homelessness, Bass was asked about New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ plan to hospitalize more homeless people and force them into treatment when they are in a “psychiatric crisis.”
“It’s just inhumane to let people with serious mental illnesses out on the streets. But aside from that, and even with the CARE court, where are you going to put people?” said Bass. “You’ve got to find that out first. Otherwise you’ll continue doing what we’ve been doing, which is the county jail.”
On Thursday, one of Bass’s daughters was injured in a hit-and-run accident in Los Angeles. In 2006, Bass’ daughter and son-in-law died in a car accident.
“She’s fine. It was a real closeness,” Bass said. “It brought back a lot of bad memories but no broken bones. She is fine.”
Bass’ inauguration takes place on the west steps of City Hall overlooking Grand Park. It is open to the public, but registration is required.
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