Photos by Martha Benedict
With at least 30 debates and forums held so far, some have argued that the mayor’s race may be suffering from debate-burn-out, with the Daily News arguing that the events have become a distraction and too narrowly focused. But, on Tuesday night, a standing-room crowd of at least 200 people jammed into Ramona Hall in Highland Park for the most recent mayoral forum moderated by columnist and Mt. Washington resident Pat Morrison. Almost all of the questions centered on Northeast L.A. issues, including the proposed extension of the 710 freeway, restoring the Arroyo Seco River, reopening the Southwest Museum, copper wire thefts and the preservation of open space for public parks, said Martha Benedict, who photographed the event.
“Loud applause and cheers burst from the audience when answers revealed insight into the hopes of the area. Very few people left early with the crowd focused and attentive for two hours straight.”
One of the two top candidates, Wendy Greuel was out of town and absent from the forum, which was organized by several groups, including the Highland Park and Arroyo Seco neighborhood council. But candidates Eric Garcetti, Kevin James, Jan Perry and Emanuel A. Pleitez took part.