The top five candidates in the primary race to be the next mayor of Los Angeles brought their similarities and differences to LMU on Tuesday, Feb. 5, for one of several debates before the March 5 election.
The debate, hosted by LMU’s Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles, featured City Councilman Eric Garcetti, City Controller Wendy Greuel, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin James, City Councilwoman Jan Perry, and former technology company executive Emanuel Pleitez. It was moderated by Political Science and Chicana/o Studies Professor Fernando Guerra, director of the center.
The candidates responded to questions asked by LMU students, sparring over numerous issues facing the city. At the top of the candidates’ priorities were the city budget, pension obligations, and business tax reform.
Below are several news stories from the event. For more information about the debate and the candidates, visit the Center for the Study of Los Angeles’ website.
Los Angeles Times — Debate Splits Candidates Into Insider and Outsider Camps
LA Observed — And the Mayor Debate Winner is ... Professor Guerra
Neon Tommy — Jan Perry and Kevin James Score Points at LMU