Five candidates vying to be the next mayor of Los Angeles squared off Monday night, Jan. 28, during a public forum held at Royce Hall. The forum was televised live on NBC4 in Los Angeles and live-streamed on the web.
The next mayor faces a full plate of tough issues, and it's important that voters in Los Angeles have the information to make an informed decision, said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, who also spoke about UCLA's commitment to education, research and service. Forums such as tonight's are a vital part of UCLA public service mission, he said.
City Controller Wendy Greuel, City Council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry, attorney and radio talk show host Kevin James and former technology executive Emanuel Pleitez discussed a number of topics, including budget issues, economic development, education and transportation.
Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of public policy and political science, put questions to the candidates as part of an expert panel that also included Russell Goldsmith, chair of the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs and chair and CEO of City National Bank, and Carol Schatz, president and CEO of the Central City Association of Los Angeles and CEO of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District.
The event, moderated by NBC4 chief political reporter Conan Nolan, aired live on NBC4 from 7 to 8 p.m., then moved online at www.nbcla.com for the final 30 minutes.
The forum was sponsored by UCLA, NBC4 and the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs. The election is March 5.