Great Quotes from the Debate
The Daily News has some great quotes from the debate:
"This is a sad day for Los Angeles," Alarcon said. "This indictment has created a pall at City Hall, a pall that says we can point fingers at individuals or we can step forward and change Los Angeles, change the rules."
Parks echoed Alarcon, saying, "This is why the whole city of Los Angeles needs to be looking to clean up our government."
Villaraigosa said the indictments confirm his views on the problems in the city, and showed the need for a change.
"All of us have raised money, but I know the difference between right and wrong," Villaraigosa said. "You can't have a city government where decisions are linked to contracts."
Hertzberg said the problem is pervasive in the city and has had a chilling effect.
"I've been out of government for some time now and I can't tell you how many people I call who say hey have a contract with the city and are concerned about making a contribution," Hertzberg said. "We need new leadership in the city."
And last but not least:
"I have a 20-year career here of unquestioned honesty and integrity," Hahn said during the debate at Temple Beth Amat in West Los Angeles before more than 300 people. "I have said we will not tolerate anyone ripping off the city and they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."