Benjamin Kadish was just 5 and attending a summer day camp at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in 1999 when an self-professed white supremacist walked through the door and shot him and several others.
On Thursday, the now 19-year-old joined his parents, Chuck and Eleanor Kadish, and several others working to combat gun violence and endorsed former lawmaker Mike Feuer for Los Angeles city attorney.
Feuer, who is challenging City Atty. Carmen Trutanich in the May 21 runoff, has often talked about his efforts to stem shootings, both as a city councilman in the 1990s and more recently as a member of the state Assembly. His efforts have brought him endorsements from such notables as California’s U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, both Democrats, and former Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton, as well as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
But for the Kadishes, Feuer’s involvement was personal.
At a news conference outside City Hall East, which houses the office Feuer is seeking, the family told how the then-councilman had appeared in a cramped waiting room of Holy Cross Hospital and sat with them as they awaited word on their son.