Karen Bass

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger


Karen Bass is an African-American candidate who was born and brought up in Los Angeles. Bass graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills and the University of Southern California. She previously worked as a nurse, Physician Assistant, and clinical instructor at USC. In 1990 she founded Community Coalition, a non-profit organization founded in response to the 1980’s crack cocaine epidemic that devastated South LA, and was the executive director. She previously was the Assembly Majority Whip and Majority Leader, and is currently the State Assembly Member for the Los Angeles 47th Assembly District [1, 2].

Key Issues


Bass wants to house 15,000 people by the end of Year One of her emergency action plan. She wants to create mental health and substance abuse services. Bass wants to provide unhoused job training and employment services, create a city-county partnership, and get more state funding for this problem. Bas wants to partner with religious and community institutions and convert land to temporary housing [1]. 

Public Safety

Bass wants to improve law enforcement officer training, hire civilians for desk jobs, and expand the homicide section to solve more murder cases. Bass wants to decrease hate crimes, manage gun ownership, and increase co-response teams [1].

Criminal Justice

Bass wants to create a city-county partnership, get updates from communities in the city of crime and violence, and coordinate across the city. She wants to expand youth engagement and street outreach, as well as work with community intervention workers. Bass also hopes to collaborate with the private sector, reintegrate those returning from incarceration, and increase the minimum wage [1]. 


Bass hopes to increase access to child care and after school programs for working parents, create local jobs, and provide internet access to communities. She also wants to increase job opportunities in city-owned places and create internship and apprenticeship programs. Bass also hopes to expand international trade, expand the tourism industry, and increase manufacturing opportunities for manufacturers in the city. She would also like to expand film production and support the entertainment industry [1].


Bass wants to transition to zero-emission vehicles and reduce vehicle emissions of greenhouse gasses by electrifying city-owned buses. She also hopes to clean up the LA port and LA airport while implementing renewable energy policies citywide. She wants to expand green zones and decrease neighborhood oil drilling [1]. 


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