2009 LA Mayoral Debate: The Aftermath
The 2009 LA Mayoral Election is just around the corner (March 3rd) and the Political Science Student Organization at UCLA hosted a Mayoral Debate today. Eight of the candidates participated with over eighty people in attendance. Of course, Mr. Villaraigosa wasn’t there because he is too cool to attend any of these events. I’d like to point out that if Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa receives over 50% of the vote on March 3rd, citizens of L.A. will be stuck with him as Mayor for four more years! Not one person I’ve talked to likes Villaraigosa… which means that ALL you LA residents should go out and vote… vote for ANYONE but Villaraigosa!
Students were the target for this event, but there were also outsiders. Candidates answered questions from a variety of L.A.’s most important issues, including Crime, Education, Healthcare and the Economy. Since you can Google their stance on all the issues and I can’t possibly write down what each candidate said on every issue, I’m going to make it fun and tell you what stood out to me, and the nonsense I remember:
~Carlos Alvarez–22-year old socialist, wants to disarm the LAPD(!), wants to legalize ALL illegal immigration! (Waaaaay too out there)
~Walter Moore-the middle man, has a sense of humor, wrote Jamiel’s Law (illegal immigrant gang members should be deported out of the country BEFORE they commit crimes. The current “sanctuary city” policy cost Jamiel Andre Shaw, II, his life), wants to encourage workers to move back into the city.
~Phil Jennerjahn—against illegal immigration and the burden it’s been on taxpayers; as mayor, will have an open door policy to meet with 50 people per week to hear their concerns, which is a great idea.
~James Harris–socialist, wants to legalize ALL illegal immigration. (How can we possibly allow EVERY SINGLE PERSON into our country as a legal citizen? It doesn’t make sense, and other countries don’t even do that.)
~David Hernandez–Vietnam veteran, over 20 years experience in the Los Angeles community dealing with all sorts of problems, solid candidate.
~David “Zuma Dogg” Saltsburg–wore Dickies shoes with his suit, funny and relaxed, but I’m not too sure if he can handle the responsibilities that come with being mayor.
~Craig Rubin–had a guest appearance on the TV show ‘Weeds,’ wants to protect medical marijuana clubs by regulating and taxing it, (brought up marijuana gasoline for cars and how it’s proven to work… no it doesn’t get you high), was good with sticking to answering the questions and not going in tangents.
~Stevan Torres— write-in candidate, has a cool Grandma who owns a gun and stopped an invader from going into her house (meaning he’s for our right to bear arms).
All in all, the three candidates that stood out the most to me are Walter Moore, Phil Jennerjahn, and David Hernandez. I also liked Craig Rubin because he was practical with his answers, even though I’m anti-marijuana.
What do you guys think? Have you been following up on this election? Feel free to post your opinions, especially if you attended the event! And thank you to all who attended!