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