Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino launched his mayoral campaign at the Venice Beach boardwalk on Monday morning but the event would soon be shut down when a homeless woman with a knife approached the Democrat candidate.
From The Daily Wire:
Buscaino spoke at a press conference laying out his “Plan For A Safer Los Angeles,” which emphasized banning homeless encampments at beaches, in parks, and on sidewalks. When Buscaino was shaking hands with supporters afterward, a local resident said he saw the unhoused woman standing behind the mayoral candidate with a knife in her hand.
Nico Ruderman, who lives in Venice, told Spectrum News 1 SoCal reporter Kate Cagle that he “was keeping an eye on her because she seemed a little off.”
Ruderman is part of a drive to recall Mike Bonin, a progressive L.A. councilman whose district includes the Venice neighborhood. Critics say Bonin has allowed homeless encampments to take over the area.
“All of the sudden, I see her, out of the corner of my eye, pull a knife out,” Ruderman continued, adding that the blade was six to eight inches long. “I look her in the eye, and she says, ‘I’m going to start killing people,’ and I jumped forward and grabbed Joe.”
Homelessness is a massive issue in the state of California with Los Angeles having more than 66,000 residents without housing. Many of these people are mentally unwell and Buscaino was lucky to not get injured or have any one injured at his event.