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Race for LA mayor: Watch archived video of Thursday night's debate

First L.A. mayoral debate of 2013

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Five candidates for mayor of Los Angeles debated at Beth Jacob Temple in Beverly Hills on Thursday.

In advance of the L.A. mayoral primary scheduled for March 5, CivicCare — an organization serving to engage and educate Jewish voters in the Greater Los Angeles community — hosted a mayoral debate Thursday moderated by David Suissa, President of the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.  

WATCH THE DEBATE

CivicCare's L.A. Mayoral Jewish Community Debate 
Beth Jacob Congregation (Beverly Hills)
January 3, 2013 | 7:30-9:30 p.m.

MAYORAL CANDIDATES

  • Eric Garcetti (Councilmember)
  • Wendy Greuel (City Controller)
  • Kevin James (Former Assistant US Attorney)
  • Jan Perry (Councilmember)
  • Emanuel Pleitez (Businessman)

ABOUT CIVICARE

CivicCare is focused on improving voter turnout, engagement and education primarily in the Jewish Community. The mission of CivicCare is to be a voice for all corners of the Jewish Community in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

CiviCare was founded to make sure that all members of the Jewish Community, regardless of affiliation level, have the opportunity and feel comfortable to fully engage in the political process at all levels of local government.

In addition to encouraging Jewish voters to be educated, the initiatives also focus on the importance of developing relationships with local elected officials at the State, County, and City level and in engaging students at the high school and college level to understand the impact they can make at the local level. 

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Villaraigosa photobombs the DNC: Mayor says he'll fly back to LA ASAP if needed, but also hobnobs (photos)

Democratic National Convention: Day 1

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Mayor Villaraigosa speaks during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on Sept. 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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First Lady Michelle Obama is embraced by Los Angeles mayor and Democratic Convention chair Antonio Villaraigosa after delivering a speech at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 4, 2012 on the first day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC).

Democratic National Convention: Day 1

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Cory Booker cheers as Mayor Villaraigosa speaks on day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on Sept. 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chair Antonio Villaraigosa kisses Chair of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz shortly after she gaveled in the convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 4, 2012 on the first day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC).

Democratic Convention

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Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, left, is led to the podium by Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.

Democratic National Convention: Day 1

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Mayor Villaraigosa approaches Cory Booker open armed for a hug during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on Sept. 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker (R) is welcomed by Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chair Antonio Villaraigosa (C) at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 4, 2012 on the first day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC).

Democratic National Convention: Day 1

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Mayor Villaraigosa speaks during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on Sept. 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Democratic National Convention: Day 1

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DNC Chair Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (C) gives an interview during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on Sept. 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chair Antonio Villaraigosa makes a point following the gaveling open at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 4, 2012 on the first day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC).

Democratic National Convention: Day 1

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DNC Chair Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on Sept. 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chair Antonio Villaraigosa reacts as he exits the stage at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 4, 2012 on the first day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC).


Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Charlotte all week, chairing the Democratic National Convention. But what happens if a wildfire takes a turn for the worse or some other local crisis erupts?

Villaraigosa said that if something serious happens that requires not just his attention "from afar," he'll "take the first plane out and be back." The mayor said he's on the phone every other hour, checking in with city hall and tending to L.A. government business.

He said the DNC and the Obama campaign know that if he needs to leave town to tackle a crisis in L.A., he'll do it.

Villaraigosa has been on the road quite a bit. He's made frequent trips to Washington, lobbying Congress for transportation loans. More recently, the Obama campaign has sent him to swing states such as Nevada to rally voters for the November election.

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