Bass revealed that her home had been broken into on Sept. 9. Patricio Munoz, 42, and Juan Espinoza, 24, were arrested Tuesday after authorities allegedly witnessed them getting into the same vehicle that was parked near Bass’s house during the robbery. They stole two firearms from Bass’s home and have been charged with residential burglary.
“I thought from the beginning that the number-one job of the mayor is to make sure that Angelinos are safe,” Bass said, adding that her sense of safety has been “shattered.”
Her comments come a few months after she declared during a mayor debate that she would give safety in Los Angeles as “10 out of 10.”
“I do feel safe,” Bass said at the time. “I would say a 10. But I do understand that a lot of people around the city do not feel safe, and I respect that.”
Bass also defended her possession of firearms after facing criticism from some leftists.
“I had guns for personal safety, as do many people. I think that gun control is extremely important,” she said. “But I have never believed that people – if they wanted to have guns – should not have them.”
Bass said that if she were elected, she would make it a priority to kick law enforcement in Los Angeles into high gear.
“My plan calls for getting officers on the beat immediately in neighborhoods that want to see an increased police presence,” Bass said.
“But I believe the quickest way to get officers on the beat is to get them from behind the desk … I also believe in making a serious investment in crime prevention.”