LOS ANGELES – Today, Mayor-elect Karen Bass issued the following statement:

“This evening, I received a gracious call from Rick Caruso, who is someone who I hope continues his civic participation in the city that we both love. I have great respect for his commitment to serving the people of Los Angeles.

“The people of Los Angeles have sent a clear message: it is time for change and it is time for urgency.

“This is the city where I was born. It’s the city where my mother and my father raised me and my three brothers. It’s the city where I raised my children and where my children are raising their children — with Emilia and Michael always in our hearts.

“This is my home, and with my whole heart, I’m ready to serve, and my pledge to you is that we will hit the ground running on Day One.

“I am honored and humbled that the people have chosen me to be the next Mayor of Los Angeles.

“I ran for mayor to urgently confront the crises our hometown faces. Tonight, 40,000 Angelenos will sleep without a home — and 5 will not wake up. Crime is increasing and families are being priced out of their neighborhoods.

“This must change.

“To the people of Los Angeles, my message is this:

“We are going to solve homelessness.

“We are going to prevent and respond urgently to crime.

“Los Angeles is no longer going to be unaffordable for working families — good jobs and affordable housing construction are on the way.

“And know this — that work has already begun.

“My administration will bring everyone to the table. The challenges we face affect us all, and all or us must be a part of our solutions.

“Los Angeles is the greatest city on earth. I know, if we come together, hold each other accountable, and focus on the best of who we are and what we can achieve, we can create better neighborhoods today and a better future for our children.

“To the people of Los Angeles, thank you.

“To the thousands of people who worked on my campaign, thank you.

“To everyone who will join our mission to move L.A. in a new direction, thank you.

“We will get big things done together.”

Mayor-elect Bass was working in her Los Angeles Congressional office when she learned the race had been called

Statement from Los Angeles Mayor-elect Karen Bass