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AirTalk Debate: Who will be L.A.’s next mayor?




Larry Mantle moderates a debate between mayoral canidates (from right) Emanuel Pleitez, Jan Perry, Kevin James, Wendy Grueul and Eric Garcetti at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum on February 5, 2013.
Larry Mantle moderates a debate between mayoral canidates (from right) Emanuel Pleitez, Jan Perry, Kevin James, Wendy Grueul and Eric Garcetti at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum on February 5, 2013.
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Larry Mantle moderates a debate between mayoral canidates (from right) Emanuel Pleitez, Jan Perry, Kevin James, Wendy Grueul and Eric Garcetti at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum on February 5, 2013.
Candidates for mayor of Los Angeles debate in KPCC's Crawford Family Forum on February 5, 2013.
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Larry Mantle moderates a debate between mayoral canidates (from right) Emanuel Pleitez, Jan Perry, Kevin James, Wendy Grueul and Eric Garcetti at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum on February 5, 2013.
The two leading candidates for mayor of Los Angeles. Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti, take part in a debate at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum on February 5, 2013.
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Larry Mantle moderates a debate between mayoral canidates (from right) Emanuel Pleitez, Jan Perry, Kevin James, Wendy Grueul and Eric Garcetti at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum on February 5, 2013.
Mayoral candidate and former radio talk show host Kevin James speaks to the audience during a debate at KPCC.
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Larry Mantle moderates a debate between mayoral canidates (from right) Emanuel Pleitez, Jan Perry, Kevin James, Wendy Grueul and Eric Garcetti at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum on February 5, 2013.
Mayoral candidates (from right) Emanuel Pleitez, Jan Perry and Kevin James speak with the moderator at a mayoral debate in KPCC's Crawford Family Forum.
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This year, Los Angeles will elect a new mayor for the first time since 2005.  It will be hard to match outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's flair for the dramatic, or his apparently boundless energy – for the past eight years, he’s seemingly been in every corner of the city at once.  But as the last weeks of the run-off campaign unwind, the candidates are doing their best to get their messages out. Here's a chance to hear them address the issues that L.A. faces over the next four years.

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It's a long list. Start with the city budget, transportation, crime and safety – add in public health, education, energy and the environment. Not to mention potholes, lighted billboards, runaway production and our future NFL team. What issues are most important to you? What should L.A.’s next mayor put at the top of his or her to-do list?


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Guests:           

Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Councilmember, District 13
Wendy Greuel,
Los Angeles City Controller
Kevin James,
 attorney and radio host
Jan Perry,
Los Angeles City Councilmember, District 9
Emanuel Pleitez,
former technology company executive