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Mayoral Candidates Need More Publicity In District 8

Xueqiao Ma |
February 7, 2013 | 10:32 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter


(Didi Beck / Neon Tommy)
(Didi Beck / Neon Tommy)

A debate between Los Angeles mayoral candidates on city-wide issues happened at CSUN's Valley Performing Arts on Feb. 7, which focused on issues such as public safety, budget and transportation, according to Daily Sundial.

More than half of the people I talked to in District 8, however, couldn't recall all five names of the candidates. Driving along Crenshaw Boulevard, it's hard to see election campaign signs. 

"I don't really care. I have children, they are what I care about…I've never complained in the council meeting. I don't even know where it is," said Autumn, a mother.

"I know three of them, and I hope Jan Perry will win for the election and make our street clean, less full of gang members. However, I live in View Park, the incorporated area, and can't vote," said Richard Lee, a 70 year old.

He continued,"I believe she's the most qualified, and will be the first female mayor. [It's] not because she is also black."

Do you care who is on the city council?

"Of course not! The only thing I care about is my children," said Autumn.

"I'm 69, and was born here. I really care who is on the city council, cause it makes a difference who is on the council. I even complain sometimes in the council meeting," said Lee.

Name the five candidates

Eric Garcetti, Kevin James, Wendy Greuel, Jan Perry and Emanuel Alberto Pleitez are the five mayoral candidates.

General view on issues that five candidates care most

Wendy Greuel: education, council reputation, small business, entertainment industry, tourism and job creation.

Jan Perry: health, education, city budget,  onsite job placement, food policy, public infrastructure, child care, public transportation and cultural history preservation. 

Eric Garcetti: job creation, economic growth in manufacturing, tourism, trade and entertainment, health care, public city services, bringing overseas investment and education.

Kevin James: city budget, job creation, pension reform, entertainment industry, public infrastructure, education, medical marijuana, public transportation, and government reform.

Emanuel Alberto Pleitez: public infrastructure, public transportation, job creation, LGBT rights, education, entertainment industry, environment and gun violence, mental health, teacher evaluation, worker's rights and city services.

Election Date: March. 5, 2013.


Read more of Neon Tommy's coverage of the 2013 L.A. mayoral election here.

Reach reporter Xueqiao Ma here.



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