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Elon Musk endorses Rick Caruso for Mayor of Los Angeles

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, supported Rick Caruso, a former Conservative turned Democrat, for mayor of Los Angeles on Friday. Musk, who described Caruso as “awesome,” said that making political endorsements is “rare” for him. “Los Angeles is lucky to see someone like Rick Caruso running for mayor,” he says. Musk said in a tweet, “He’s awesome. My political inclinations are moderate, so neither fully Republican nor fully Democrat,” he explained. “I am confident that this is the case for most Americans.” “Executive competence is grossly undervalued in politics; we should give it a lot more attention!”

Elon Musk endorsed Rick Caruso for Mayor of Los Angeles

Elon Musk
Elon Musk

“No other candidate in the race has the breadth of support that Rick has earned,” Peter Ragone, a communications manager for Caruso’s campaign, said in a statement. “We have a coalition of labour unions, business leaders, legendary civil rights activists like Sweet Alice, and artists like Snoop.” While Los Angeles has been a stronghold for Democrats, with crime and homelessness on the rise, voters may be willing to support Caruso, a longtime businessman and former Republican according to reports.

Rep. Karen Bass, who was on President Biden’s 2020 running mate shortlist, is Caruso’s main opponent

Caruso v Karen Bass
Caruso v Karen Bass

Rep. Karen Bass, who was on President Biden’s 2020 running mate shortlist, is Caruso’s main opponent. Her campaign has spent around $1 million on tv ads comparing Caruso to former Donald Trump, a strategic plan that some strategists believe has failed. Some believe the race will be decided in a runoff. On November 8th, a general election will be held. Elon Musk, the billionaire, has spoken out about who he believes should succeed Los Angeles Councilman Eric Garcetti in the upcoming 2022 vote. “My political inclinations are medium, so neither completely Republican nor fully Democrat,” he explained. “I am confident that this has been the case for most Americans. Executive competence is grossly undervalued in politics; we should give it a lot more attention!”

According to Forbes, Musk is the world’s richest man with $220.9 billion, while Caruso is the 655th richest with $4.3 billion

According to Forbes, Musk is indeed the world’s richest man with $220.9 billion, while Caruso is the 655th richest with $4.3 billion. Caruso, a former Republican who recently changed to the Democratic Party, is the developer of The Grove and Palisades Village, among other shopping centres in Southern California. He is among three leading candidates for mayor of Los Angeles. According to polls, Caruso and Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, are the clear front-runners, with Caruso leading with 37 per cent of likely voters’ support and Bass close behind with 35 per cent.

Elon Musk is the world's richest man according to Forbes
Elon Musk is the world’s richest man according to Forbes

Communities United for Bass for LA Mayor 2022 released a poll on May 20 that had shown Councilman Kevin de León’s marketing strategy for mayor receiving 6% support from likely voters. Undecided voters made up 10% of the electorate. If polling is accurate, Bass and Caruso will advance to the general election in November, though some observers have questioned whether Caruso, with his huge self campaign war chest as well as weeks-long advertising blitz, could garner more than 50% of the vote share and avoid the runoff. However, given Bass’ powerful support base and a large number of candidates on the ballot, such an effect appears to be a long shot.

Caruso’s campaign focuses on expanding homeless shelters, with a goal of 30,000 beds in 300 days, banning encampments and much more

Caruso’s campaign focuses on expanding homeless shelters, with a goal of 30,000 beds in 300 days, banning encampments, beefing up the LAPD, and addressing corruption at City Hall, citing the investigation of three City Council members since 2020. He criticises the expense of the city’s Proposition HHH programme, which aims to build 10,000 new units of permanent supportive housing, on his campaign website, and promises to have a team perform an audit of wasteful city spending.

Caruso's campaign focuses on expanding homeless shelters, with a goal of 30,000 beds in 300 days, banning encampments etc
Caruso’s campaign focuses on expanding homeless shelters, with a goal of 30,000 beds in 300 days, banning encampments etc

The ordinary cost of the programme, according to Caruso’s website, is $700,000 per unit, but the city’s controller estimates it to be under $600,000. Initiatives that cost more than $350,000 for every unit would be cancelled under Caruso’s plan, and he said that he would prioritise projects that use modular housing, shipping containers, and other less expensive methods to build housing. He also stated that he would concentrate on tiny homes, Project Roomkey, and Project Homekey initiatives, as well as the use of city-owned land to make housing more affordable or shelters.

Caruso, who was endorsed by the LAPD officers’ union, has made increasing crime in Los Angeles a centrepiece of his campaign

Caruso, who was endorsed by the LAPD officers’ union, has made increasing crime in Los Angeles a centrepiece of his campaign, promising to add 1,500 new recruits to the force in his first term, a pattern that has taken place in large cities across the United States during the pandemic. The city’s budget for the fiscal year 2022-23 aims to increase the number of sworn officers in the LAPD to 9,735, but dropout and looking to hire delays have cast doubt about whether that extra modest goal can be met.

Rick Caruso was also endorsed by the LAPD officers' union
Rick Caruso was also endorsed by the LAPD officers’ union

Broadening the LAPD’s Weapons Unit, broadening laws related to safe storage of weapons, twice the number of gang prevention employees, and making it compulsory for the Los Angeles city lawyer to prosecute misdemeanours are all part of Caruso’s public safety plan. He also called for a reduction in the statewide minimum of $950 for felony theft charges.

About Rick Casuso

Rick Joseph Caruso is a multibillionaire businessman from the United States. He is the founder and CEO of Caruso, a real-estate firm based in the United States. Caruso was president of the Los Angeles Police Committee and a board member of Water and Power Commissioners before becoming chairman of the company of trustees at the University of Southern California. Caruso, a former Republican Party member, switched his political allegiance to the Democratic Party when he ran for mayor of Los Angeles in 2022. Los Angeles is where Caruso was born.

Rick Caruso is a multimillionaire businessman
Rick Caruso is a multimillionaire businessman

Henry Caruso, his father, was the founder of Dollar Lease and the owner of a number of car dealerships in Los Angeles. Gloria, his mother, used to be a model for billboards. Rick earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California in 1980, where he had been a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and a Margaret Martin Block Scholar J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1983. Pepperdine University School of Law named him Student of the Year in 1995.

About Karen Bass

Karen Ruth Bass is an American political figure and social worker who served in the United States Congress since 2011, representing California’s 37th congressional district. For her first term, she was given the 33rd district, which incorporates several regions south and west of downtown Los Angeles. She was a member of the Democratic Party in the California State Legislature for six years, the last two as a speaker.

Karen Bass
Karen Bass

Bass is a candidate for mayor of Los Angeles in 2022. During the 116th Congress, Bass had been elected head of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on November 28, 2018. She is also the head of the House Appropriations Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa, Health Promotion, Global Human Rights, and International Organisations, as well as the United States House Judiciary Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organisations.

 

 

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