• Home
  • Posts
  • Top Stories
  • Bass Campaign Celebrates Official Launch, Brings in More than $1 Million in 20 Days

Bass Campaign Celebrates Official Launch, Brings in More than $1 Million in 20 Days

| lafocus |


Hundreds turned out for the official launch of Karen Bass’ mayoral campaign on Saturday held at Los Angeles Trade Technical College in downtown Los Angeles in a show of support for the Congresswoman whose very presence—and growing support—has energized the race just as her words electrified those in attendance.

“I am a Democrat who will work to support and strengthen the business community because I care about income inequality, and we need to make LA attractive to businesses, large and small, that provide living wage jobs so people can afford homes,” Bass said. “And we need to ensure that minority- and women-owned businesses are included and fully participate. We need to use the platform that the Mayor has, the bully pulpit and formal Mayoral authority, to celebrate our city, recruit employers, clean neighborhoods and cut red tape, so that we can attract good jobs to LA and rebuild our middle class…so that we can attract jobs that pay for mortgages, that pay for college savings, that pay for retirement and that offer dignity and stability. And in the midst of this pandemic, we have to fight for these jobs more than ever.”

Speakers and special guests at the event included Congresswoman Judy Chu, Actress Tiffany Haddish, Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Community Coalition CEO Alberto Retana and members of Rep. Bass’ family.

The Congresswoman also discussed how her career has uniquely prepared her for this moment: first as an organizer, then as a Physician Assistant working in one of the largest Emergency Rooms in Los Angeles, and finally as an elected official serving Los Angeles at the state and federal level.

“When neighbors, store owners, non-profits, teachers, parents, tenants, homeowners, activists, and City Hall work together, and work in partnership with the business community, we can change our neighborhoods — each and every neighborhood,” said Rep. Bass. “And as a former healthcare provider, I know we can reach out into and reassure even the hardest hit communities about the need to protect ourselves against COVID-19. I’ve seen it. I’ve done it—-we’ve done it together.” 

Bass has pledged to make homelessness a priority.

In 1994, we treated the emergency [of the earthquake] as an emergency,” she remarked. “We mobilized local, state, federal governments, the private and non-profit sectors. Neighbors helped neighbors. We found temporary shelter and rebuilt our city.  In record breaking time. We can fix our city again. 40,000 people on the street is an emergency. Solving this emergency — solving homelessness — will be my overwhelming top priority as Mayor. The humanitarian and public health crisis of homelessness has been decades in the making. But we can’t wait decades to solve it. It’s up to us to solve it — right now. If you elect me as Mayor, the status quo on homelessness will not stand… Los Angeles you have called me home and I am ready to serve.”

The congresswoman said she hopes her campaign will become a movement that people together from all over the city to confront the crisis at hand.

“What we showed today was a diverse coalition of leaders — public officials at every level of government, business leaders, community leaders — that are all ready to face this moment together.” 

A growing list of endorsements include the daughter of former L.A. Mayor, Lorraine Bradley.

“I have no doubt that Karen Bass is the right choice to carry on my father’s legacy,” said Bradley. And she’s going to win in the exact same way he did: by building a strong coalition of support across the entire city of Los Angeles. We’re watching history being made.”

“I have lived here my entire life, Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told NBC4’s NewsConference host Conan Nolan. I have never seen this town so dirty, I’ve never seen crime go up so quickly… the spread of homelessness… I think there is a lack of clear leadership in this town.”

“We need somebody like her to bring us together,” he said of Congresswoman Karen Bass. “To take on these challenges. To treat the issues facing this city with a sense of urgency.”

Proof positive that the excitement and hype surrounding the campaign is real and tangible is news from campaign manager Jamarah Hayner, that in just 20 days the campaign had raised more than $1 million, more than half of it from donors contributing $100 or less.

“In less than 3 weeks, this campaign rallied hundreds of supporters from every corner of the city in person and raised more than $1 million. We actually raised more than $100,000 on the first day we announced. The overwhelming enthusiasm from voters and donors across the city is clear — Karen Bass is the clear choice to be the next Mayor of Los Angeles.” 


| lafocus |

More Coverage

California Senate Gets Second Chance to Pass Prison Slavery Bill This Week

Antonio‌ ‌Ray‌ ‌Harvey‌ ‌|‌ ‌California‌ ‌Black‌ ‌Media‌ On June 23, the California Senate rejected a constitutional…

Generation Z Sparking the ‘Great Resignation’ as Employers Realize Shortages

Stacy M. Brown/ NNPA Newswire The pandemic has spurred the Great Resignation phenomenon, and it is still on. Many wor…

South L.A. Church Blesses City With $20,000 in Free Gasoline

As gas prices continue to surge in California—surpassing even the federal minimum wage of $7.25 at some Los Angeles g…

Hundreds of Compton Residents Chosen for Guaranteed Income Program

Dianne Lugo Compton has joined in participating in a successful program to grant some of its residents a guaranteed i…

Pastor Tyron Robinson Named to Succeed Bishop Paul Morton

Staff Last year, nationally renowned pastor and gospel singer Bishop Paul S. Morton announced he would step down as s…

New Fund Will Grant $10,000 to Struggling Local Business Owners

Staff More relief for local Los Angeles small business owners is on the way. A new fund, the LA Regional COVID Fund, …

Probe Into Prison Deaths Ends Up Uncovering $8 Billion in Untracked State Money

Aldon Thomas Stiles | California Black Media What started out as an investigation into inmate deaths in some of Calif…

Despite Massively Successful Fundraising Efforts, Community Group Fails to Purchase Crenshaw Mall

Dianne Lugo The saga of the historic Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza ownership continues with local Black community orga…

Latest Politics

Faith Community Celebrates Famed Preacher Manuel Scott Jr.’s 40 Years of Evangelism

Bill Cosby Ordered to Pay $500K To Woman He Assaulted in 1975

The Lookout: Four California Criminal Justice Reform Laws That Took Effect This Year

Bill That Would Allow Calif. Parents to Sue Social Media Companies Moves Forward

Pres. Biden, V.P. Harris Praise Rep. Bass for Leadership on George Floyd Policing Act

© Copyright 2021 - LA Focus Newspaper