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LA Mayoral candidates prepare for Monday TV debate; Garcetti gets LA Times nod

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With just two weeks to go before Angelenos vote in the primaries, Los Angeles mayoral candidates will gather at the campus of Cal State L.A. for their next televised debate. 

The event will be hosted by the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs and be broadcast live on KABC Channel 7at 6:30 p.m. Frontrunning candidates Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Jan Perry and Emmanuel Pleitez will answer questions generated by the institute's executive director, Raphael Sonenshein and L.A. League of Women Voters President David Holtzman. ABC7 News anchor Marc Brown will moderate. 

“Unlike other debate formats many of which focused on a single issue, this will be a wide ranging debate meant to explore the leadership abilities of each of the candidates,” Sonenshein said in a press statement. 

The debate follows a busy weekend for the candidates. On Sunday, the L.A. Times endorsed Councilman Eric Garcetti for the office. In their editorial, the paper said Garcetti has the "most potential to rise to the occasion and lead Los Angeles out of its current malaise and into a more sustainable and confident future." 

LA Observed blogger and media critic Kevin Roderick noted that the endorsement seemed to fall short of giddy: 

Times editorials don't deliver victory in big races, far from it (nor do they deliver defeat as critics like to think), but make no mistake it's a big boost. The language is not full-bore enthusiastic [...]

RELATEDKey endorsements in the L.A. mayoral race

On Friday, former  assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin James picked up an endorsement from former L.A. mayor Richard Riordan. 

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