LA councilor Buscaino drops out of mayoral race and endorses Caruso

Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino withdrew from the Los Angeles mayoral race on Thursday and endorsed billionaire real estate entrepreneur Rick Caruso.

The former LAPD officer said he and Caruso “agree on the playbook for solving the city’s pressing problems.”

“Today’s decision was not an easy one, but the future of Los Angeles is my priority. Together, we will make Los Angeles cleaner and safer for everyone,” said Buscaino.

Following the announcement, Caruso, who previously led the Los Angeles Police Commission, said, “I am honored to have your endorsement and look forward to your advice on issues such as homelessness and criminal justice.”

Ballots have been sent for the election and voting ends on June 7.

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