Los Angeles City Hall. By stevecadman/ Flickr

Los Angeles City Hall. By stevecadman/ Flickr

The five top contenders to succeed Antonio Villaraigosa as LA’s next mayor will face off in a live televised debate at UCLA’s Royce Hall tonight at 7 p.m. The forum will feature LA City Council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry, City Controller Wendy Greuel, entertainment lawyer Kevin James (the lone Republican in the pack) and former technology executive Emanuel Pleitez.

The debate will be broadcast live, commercial free, on NBC4 from 7 to 8 p.m. and will continue as a live webcast from 8 to 8:30 p.m. at www.nbcla.com.

Over at KPCC, Frank Stoltze writes, “here’s the biggest thing to remember in the race to succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: most voters have paid little attention to it, and remain undecided.”

As the March election approaches, this is a good opportunity for voters to catch up on candidates’ messages.

(In another recent debate, the candidates tangled over how to handle LA’s proliferation of medical marijuana shops, a topic we tackled last week on “Which Way, LA?”)

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  • YJ Draiman said:

    YJ 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.

    YJ Draiman for Mayor
    http://draimanformayor2013.com

  • YJ Draiman said:

    Who can save the City of Los Angeles from bankruptcy? – YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA

    I am a firm believer that you can accomplish more with honey than with vinegar.
    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.
    YJ Draiman http://draimanformayor2013.com

  • YJ Draiman said:

    Who is the media hiding from the public? LA’s mayoral candidate YJ Draiman

    Mayoral candidate YJ Draiman who attended most of the Forums/Debates was denied a seat on the candidate panel, because he did not collect enough money in his campaign fund and not because he was not qualified.

    Draiman has over 4 decades of business experience with assorted and practical management. Such experience can be utilized to advance our city to financial and economic sustainability.

    Draiman’s vision to make Los Angeles the World Capital of Renewable Energy, Energy efficiency and Water conservation is only one of his proposals. If you read Draiman’s position paper, you would get a feel for his passion and dedication to public service as a servant of the people.

    If our founding fathers would see how money and influence is controlling elections today, they would turn over in their graves.

    Our current Democratic process in elections is all about money and not the need of the people as a whole.

    YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2013
    http://draimanformayor2013.com

  • YJ Draiman for Mayor said:

    LA Mayoral Candidate YJ Draiman statement to the Press:

    Any form of trash franchising (exclusive or non-exclusive) will result in higher trash costs for the multi-unit apartment building and shopping mall owners with the increase being passed to the renters and will also result in the loss of thousands of jobs. I firmly believe in free enterprise and I want to leave commercial trash pick-up as is so that the owners can choose their own trash company, I am also in favor of mandatory recycling and that all trash trucks be carbon compliant and install the necessary filters for air emission control and meet all city and state regulations.
    Moreover, we should utilize waste to energy technology. This would create jobs and produce electricity.

    Thank you

    YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2013
    http://draimanformayor2013.com http://www.smartvoter.org/2013/03/05/ca/la/vote/d
    http://bit.ly/draimanformayor2013 YouTube

  • YJ Draiman for Mayor said:

    Do you want LA to follow Detroit? Be carful whom you vote for as the next mayor of Los Angeles – by YJ Draiman

    When millions of dollars are spent by Unions to support a specific Mayoral Candidate in LA, it is time to question the candidate’s loyalty to the people.

    Our city is in dire financial crisis, our economy is in shambles, businesses and people are leaving the city in droves. Sounds familiar? – This is what is happening in Detroit. Do you want the same to be repeated in Los Angeles?

    The Odor of Favoritism, Monopoly and Union Pressure is raising a Stink in LA politics.

    Candidates courting Union money for their campaign coffers are costing taxpayers jobs and higher rates for city services. Let us address what is rotten in Los Angeles politics when many of the office-seeking candidates raised campaign funds through backroom politics and cronyism rather than looking out for their constituency.

    YJ Draiman for Mayor 2013
    http://yjdraimanformayor.org

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