L.A. Mayoral Candidates to Speak at Palisades Democrats Forum

Forum with Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Jan Perry and Emanuel Pleitzel opens to public on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club.

Westside residents will have the chance to pose questions to four democratic candidates running to be Los Angeles' next mayor later this month

City Councilmember Eric Garcetti, City Controller Wendy Greuel, City Councilmember Jan Perry and former technology executive Emanuel Pleitzel will be at the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club, 901 Haverford Ave., from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27 for the annual meeting of the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club (PPDC)

The public is invited and questions will be asked from a moderator and the audience.

PPDC spokesman Adam Wolman said they also invite members in good standing to vote to ratify the selection of a slate of PPDC executive board officers for 2013. A nominating committee selects a proposed executive board slate from among the 25 to 30 board members.

In recent years, the PPDC hosted Rep. Henry Waxman, state controller John Chiang and L.A. Times columnist Michael Hiltzik. They also recently had a candidates forum featuring Richard Bloom, Besty Butler and Torie Osborn vying for the clubs endorsement for state assembly.

"The PPDC board of directors will be voting the day of the forum to potentially endorse one of the four candidates who attends," Wolman said. "If no candidate achieves the 60 percent of the vote that's required, the club won't endorse for the primary, but will revisit the issue for the general election."

Bruce Campbell January 17, 2013 at 11:16 PM
I hope to attend this event of mayoral candidates. The last paragraph in the article made no sense because city elections are non-partisan -- so I believe they don't even have (D) or (R) after their names and all. We now have a "top-two" primary in state and federal legislative races. Both the Butler - Bloom two Democrats runoff in the 50th Assembly District and the Berman - Sherman two Democrats runoff for US Congress in the San Fernando Valley were a result of a combination of redistricting and of the top-two primary. People have varying opinions of the top-two primary, but it is clear that third / splinter parties vehemently oppose this type of primary which makes the likelihood of any of their candidates ever appearing on the November ballot extremely unlikely.
Cindy Kirven January 18, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Since ABC7 announced the results of their latest poll last night, and it puts Kevin James in a tie for third place in the race for L.A. Mayor, westside residents will also have the chance to see a Full Mayoral Candidate Forum at UCLA on Monday January 28 at 7pm. It will be a live televised event moderated by Conan Nolan on NBC4. For more information see: http://www.advocacy.ucla.edu/events/forum.aspx
YJ Draiman January 28, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Draiman says that voters deserve to hear from all Mayoral candidates on the ballot It is anti democratic to ignore candidates who have earned their place to be on the ballot. In the current political mood and the growing apathy by voters it is imperative that every candidate who is officially on the ballot to be heard by the public. Ignoring these candidates only reinforces to the voting public that money and not the most qualified candidate is given a chance to run for office with a level playing field. The deck is stacked against a candidate who is not willing to be swayed by money and political influence. This is a sad day for our Democracy. The Media and the various organizations who host a candidate forum – debate have a great responsibility to present unbiased information to the public, of all the candidates that appear on the ballot with a level playing field. To ignore some candidates is a distortion of our Democratic oath and they are practicing the very same unacceptable behavior that they are trying to correct in today’s political scene. By ignoring candidates who are on the ballot the voters are deprived of critical information and opinions of all the candidates on the ballot. It is a disservice to the community at large. YJ Draiman for Mayor http://draimanformayor2013.com


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