Rick Caruso

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger


Rick Caruso’s grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Italy and settled in Boyle Heights in Los Angeles. Caruso went to Good Shepard Grammar School and graduated from Harvard High. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from the University of Southern California (USC) and his Doctor of Law (J.D.) from Pepperdine University [1,2]. In 1987 he found Caruso, a real estate company, and is currently the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, (C.E.O) of that company. He was named “Master Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young and was named one of the most influential people in real estate by the LA Business Journal six times. Caruso lives in Los Angeles with his wife Tina and has four children. [1].

Key Issues


Caruso also wants to create support services, better parks, and public spaces, and create interim housing. Caruso also wants to hire mental health workers, create a mental health center, and create a police effort to remove drug substances from LA. Caruso hopes to create a job training program for unhoused people [1].  


Caruso hopes to activate the Emergency Management Department to address homelessness and gain emergency funding for unhoused communities. He also wants to create a Homelessness Coordinator position in the city. Caruso hopes to create a waste audit and remove wasteful products from the LA HHH housing program while using excess funding to create more housing. Caruso also hopes to use cityowned land to create more housing [1].

Public Safety

Caruso wants to increase the number of community-based officers, use community-based policing, and increase the number of LAPD officers with expanded training. He also wants to use alternative response systems to free up police officers for other issues and wants to hire mental health workers to respond to 911 calls. Caruso also wants to increase youth prevention and after-school programs, increase the number of gang-prevention workers, and support reentry programs [1] [9].

Gun Policy

Caruso hopes to use precision policing and increase resources around high-crime areas in the city. He also wants to expand the LAPD gun unit and decrease ownership of guns by owners who may have restraining orders, done violent crimes, or have mental health issues. Caruso also wants to expand laws on the storage of guns in households [1]. 


Caruso hopes to decrease the acceptance of contributions or bribes and wants to appoint an ethics manager to make sure that LA businesses are conducted without corruption. Caruso also hopes to remove the LA City Council for land use decisions and increase council-member transparency [1].

Women's Rights

Caruso wants to create a deputy mayor position to focus on women’s and economic issues. He wants to gather data on businesses and city departments, to support more women’s participation in underrepresented jobs. He wants to create tax credits for businesses and organizations that give on-site childcare and hybrid services. He also wants to improve digital infrastructure to increase working from home, improve afterschool programs, and grant funds to women entrepreneurs. Caruso also hopes to make public transit safer for women [1]. 


Southern California News Group; Los Angeles Daily News


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6 Forbes

7 Ballotpedia

8 Voter’s Edge

9 News – SoCA Endorsement

10 News – LA Daily News Endorsement