LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino dropped out of the race for mayor of Los Angeles today and announced his support for his former opponent, billionaire real estate developer Rick Caruso.
Angelenos have already been sent their ballots from the Los Angeles County Clerk, and voting ends for the election on June 7.
``Rick and I agree on the playbook to solve the city's pressing issues,'' Buscaino siad. ``Today's decision did not come easy, but the future of Los Angeles is my priority. Together, we will make Los Angeles cleaner and safer for all.''
Buscaino and Caruso have both run tough-on-crime campaigns, including calling for the Los Angeles Police Department to be expanded with 1,500 additional officers.
Buscaino is a former LAPD officer and Caruso previously led the Los Angeles Police Commission.
The Los Angeles Police Protective League endorsed Caruso over Buscaino in February.
``I have tremendous respect for Joe and his deep commitment to the people of Los Angeles,'' said Caruso. ``I'm honored to have his endorsement and look forward to his counsel on issues like homelessness and criminal justice.''