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Soledad Ursua, Chie Lunn, Larry Elder in Venice, CA. (Photo: screen capture Twitter video, Ursua)

Venice Councilwomen File ‘Hate Crime’ Charges with LAPD Against Protestors Over Wednesday Attack

Recall candidate Larry Elder and local women attacked by egg-throwing protesters in Los Angeles

By Katy Grimes, September 10, 2021 11:01 am

Two women who were with Gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder in Venice Beach Wednesday say they were attacked by several protestors hurling eggs and racial epithets while walking through the Venice neighborhood. Soledad Ursua and Chie Lunn have filed police reports with the LAPD demanding the case be filed as a hate crime.

Ursua says she and Lunn, both members of the Venice Neighborhood Council, “are the only women of color on the council,” and felt targeted.

“The Elder campaign had just begun its final leg of the campaign by instituting a statewide ‘Recall Express’ bus tour on Tuesday, with stops in Los Angeles, Venice, Northridge, and Santa Barbara scheduled on Wednesday,” the Globe reported. “His Venice stop was across from the Gold’s Gym, a popular campaign stop for many politicians due to its proximity to many large homeless encampments in the area and many services catering to low-income and homeless people.”

The Globe spoke with Soledad Ursua Friday who said she filed the police report Thursday evening. “We’re the only two women of color on the [Venice] council,” she said. “We don’t know if those eggs were meant for both of us standing next to him, or for him.”

“Larry was our guest,” Ursua said. “We invited him to Venice. This is Skid Row West, and candidates need to see this.”

Ursua said the group of seven outside Gold’s Gym were excited to have Elder visit. Ursua said Lunn is a mother and a teacher, and had a homeless encampment outside her house for 6 months. Lunn was prepared to talk to Elder about it. “We also had the President of the Venice Chamber of Commerce there,” Ursua said. “Businesses are paying $5,000 to $10,000 a month in security right now because of the homeless crisis.”

“We also had a local environmentalist who has been testing the local water and found E-Coli in it,” Ursua said. “He’s been trying to get people to understand that everything on the streets runs into the water and ocean.”

“We were so excited to talk to Larry,” she added. “A landlord there wanted to talk to Larry about his tenants not wanting to live there any more.”

“Larry was getting the local perspectives on the failed homeless policies,” Ursua added.

“Suddenly there’s pushing, shoving and then the eggs came flying,” Ursua said. She said she’s only 5’2″ and couldn’t see initially where the eggs came from.

“The protestors called us ‘f*cking whores,’ and “‘f*cking bitches,’ and the N-word to intimidate us,” Ursua said, reiterating that they wondered if the attack was meant for them.

Ursua provided this Tweet, and said you can hear the racial epithets hurled in the video:

In an interview Thursday with John Phillips on KABC in Los Angeles, Phillips asked Ursua if ever in her experience as an elected local official and member of the Venice Neighborhood Council has anything close to this and the racial ugliness happened? “No, and these were not Venice people,” Ursua said. “Chie Lunn is African American. What will her kids think?” Ursua asked. “They’re going to see a white woman in a gorilla mask calling her the N-word and throwing eggs at her.”

“My biggest regret was that I did not rip the mask off that woman so everyone could see the face of racism and bigotry,” she said.

“I feel like these are people doing performance art protesting,” Ursua told the Globe. She said there was a skinhead guy all tattooed up protesting. She got photos of him, and because his tattoos were recognizable, found out he’s a local MMA fighter. “That’s expensive to do,” Ursua said. “He’s not some homeless guy out for a protest.”

Ursua told the Globe that not one local elected member of the LA City Council has commented publicly about the attack on Elder, Ursua and Lunn. “Sheriff Alex Villanueva is the only one who asked about this being a hate crime,” she said. “Where’s the FBI? Where’s the LAPD?”

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16 thoughts on “Venice Councilwomen File ‘Hate Crime’ Charges with LAPD Against Protestors Over Wednesday Attack

  1. So happy that these women are filing a police report, even if LAPD does nothing about it, because this nonsense cannot be one-sided. The left is nothing but racist.

  2. So glad to see this. Keep your eye on L.A. County Alex Villanueva, and even Soledad Ursua, too —- sensible and outspoken local leaders who will be part of a (hopefully) better future for California. And neither one is a “right-winger,” by the way.
    Get invested in that brighter future and be a part of it: VOTE YES to RECALL NEWSOM

  3. Why was the gorilla not arrested for assault? Why did Gavin Newsom not IMMEDIATELY denounce such behavior? Never mind, that’s a rhetorical,question. Newsom was probably behind it.

  4. Assault AND BATTERY…. The foul-mouthed, ugly skank threw a punch at Elder’s entourage and the hard-ass “Mr. Clean” tough guy also threw a punch as well…
    Both need to pay for their racism and foul-tempers….
    “Bandana man” did nothing to advance the Newsom campaign either….
    Vote in person starting this weekend and RECALL NEWSOM to restore California….

    1. Exactly right and well said as usual, CD9.
      Remember that if for any reason you cannot vote in person, you can drop off your vote-by-mail ballot at your polling place on Election Day, Tuesday, September 14. Or it can be dropped into an official drop box if necessary. In addition, as long as your vote-by-mail ballot is postmarked September 14, you’re good to go.
      Just be sure to Vote YES to Recall Newsom!

  5. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS HORRIBLE , ALL THEY DO IS LIE CHEAT AND STEAL. HOW CAN ANYONE WITH 1 BRAIN CELL VOTE FOR THEESE CLOWNS, YOU WOULD HAVE TO HATE OUR COUNTRY TO DO SO. WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS CRIMINAL. WE NEED DONALD TRUMP BACK IN THERE ASAP THAT WHO WON THE ELECTION, THERE IS NOW WAY THAT OLD GUY WITH DEMENTIA WHO SAT IN HIS BASEMENT GOT MORE VOTES THAN ANY OTHER PRESIDENT IN OUR HISTORY THAT IS COMPLETE NONSENSE AND IF YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE AN IDIOT. YOU SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO VOTE IF YOU ARE THAT STUPID.

  6. That this was very likely staged is ugly enough. That the choice in this theatrical scare tactic was to stage an obviously RACIST attack only piles onto the ugliness. But I really think the ugliest part of all of it is that it was brought to you by people located backstage of this ugly incident; politicians and others who think they have much to lose if Larry Elder should become Governor of California. The reason they think they have much to lose and are desperate is because they have already “sold their souls for a mess of pottage.” Thus they must attack solutions to problems and go up against what would be good for Californians —- all for their own selfish benefit.
    On this 20-year remembrance of the September 11 terrorist attacks, just remember you can still vote for a better future, you can still vote to fight corruption and lies. We can overcome the villains if we show up in enough numbers. Get to the polls and vote in person. Or get your vote in however you get it in. Just get it in. Vote YES to Recall Newsom and let’s show the rest of the country that the majority of Californians are still made of good stuff. Even frequently-mocked California can be an inspiration and a help to the rest of the nation.

  7. Democrats PRETEND to support blacks to get their vote. Their racist true colors always come out when a black conservative runs for office. Just look at the headline of the LA Times “Larry Elder Is The Black Face of White Supremacy”. Can you believe this?

    Make sure you vote this Tuesday. We have a responsibility to put an end to this Democrat racism.

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