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Valley Alliance to Host Mayoral and Controller Forum Saturday

The Feb. 23 panels at Valley College will be moderated by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.

The Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) will hold a Candidates’ Forum for the 2013 mayoral and city controller race, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at L.A. Valley College's Monarch Hall, 5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen. The co-sponsor of the event is the Associated Student Union.

The forum will feature leading mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Jan Perry, Kevin James and Emanuel Pleitez, and city controller candidates Ron Galperin, Dennis Zine and Cary Brazeman.

The forum will be moderated by Dan Schnur, director, Unruh Institute of Politics, University of Southern California. He will lead the panel in a discussion of land use and development issues, transportation, budget and the interaction of city government with neighborhood councils.  

“This is an opportunity for neighborhood council members to demonstrate their impact on city government and have their voices heard,” said Jill Banks Barad, founder and chairperson of VANC. “It is also an opportunity for the citywide candidates to speak to all 34 Valley neighborhood councils at once,” Barad said.

The Forum is free and open to the public. Coffee and refreshments will be available starting at 9 a.m., before the first panel.  The city controller panel will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the mayoral panel at 11 a.m.

The Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils was founded in 2003 and is the oldest and largest neighborhood council coalition in the city. It represents the 34 councils in the Valley, more than one-third of the councils in the city. The mission of VANC is to inform neighborhood council leaders and stakeholders of the critical issues facing them locally and citywide and to get them involved in the process.     

kenneth scalir February 19, 2013 at 09:56 PM
ABZ, Anybody but Zine is my message for March 5th.
YJ Draiman February 24, 2013 at 05:53 AM
The City of Los Angeles is on the brink of Municipal Bankruptcy. If that happens all of LA City employees will sustain a severe economic and financial blow, which cannot be rectified. The people who reside in the City of Los Angeles will sustain much hardship if this financial situation is not resolved amicably. I propose that all parties handling the city finances and all Union organizations and other organizations that service the city should put all the cards on the table. Show all expenses and liabilities, a conservative approach to projected revenues, no fudging of expenses or revenues. It is in the best interests of all parties to come to a compromise. Remember a piece of cake is better than no cake at all. Eventually the cow runs out of milk. Today’s economic and financial situation throughout Los Angeles and the rest of the country as a whole is the worst since the depression. The City of Los Angeles must aggressively help businesses in trouble survive and court other businesses to locate in the City of Los Angeles. Businesses create jobs and revenues. We must look at the "multiplier affect of thriving businesses", which creates economic prosperity. YJ Draiman http://draimanformayor2013.com
nonoise February 25, 2013 at 04:11 PM
For mayor, any one that has not worked at city hall. And, that only leaves Kevin James.

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