Radio station KPCC 89.3 FM might be the subject of an FCC complaint or investigation in the near future. Just minutes ago, host Larry Mantle and KPCC decided to violate the FCC regulations regarding "equal time" for all candidates involved in an election. Only the "Big 3" big money Machine Candidates for the City Council seat in CD 2 were allowed to go on the air with Larry.
Larry Mantle did a good job, regardless of the poor choice to only speak to these three candidates.
The first few minutes were the standard self-congratulatory speeches and boilerplate campaign jibber-jabber.
Things got spicy when Larry Mantle pointed out some dicey subject areas and let the Big 3 candidates go at each other.
Paul and Tamar started bashing Chris for her big money donations from outside CD 2.
Tamar also went off on Chris about her support for SB 1818 while involved with the CCA, yet flip-flopping on the campaign trail and saying she never supported it.
Essel was not good with her response, brushing them both off by saying "I find the whole attack on me disingenuous."
Mantle started to ruin Tamars day by bringing up the LAUSD flier controversy and asking her if she didn't do it to "enhance her candidacy."
"The Ethics Commission told us we couldn't use it on anything other than LAUSD things," she responded. Tamar kind of stumbled around on this answer, but generally denied any wrong doing. Paul and Chris were clearly not convinced.
Essel slammed into Paul for paying for his hack political consultants for this CD 2 race out of his State Assembly money funds. Krekorian was stunned by this accusation.
"I have no idea what she is talking about!, " he said in disbelief.
Essel hit harder. "It is on your disclosure form, Paul! Eric Hacopian and others are being paid!!"
Paul was blindsided by this attack. "I would like to respond to this bizarre statement about 'slush funds' by Miss Essel. She shows a reckless disregard for the truth," he added, in lawyer-like escapist talk.
Krekorian stumbled and bumbled around, unable to deny the payments ...but eventually excused himself by saying they were payments for "old debts." Terrible response by Paul. Best thing about this show was that all three of them eventually looked bad. Their rivals pointed out their flaws for all to see.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE SHOW: Michael McCue called into the show! I was ready for him to unload on Larry, but unfortunately it sounded like Michael was driving and his cell phone connection wasn't very good and you couldn't hear him too well. He did get out the phrase " Excluding the grassroots candidates.." quite clearly.
Mantle made some pathetic excuse about "reaching critical mass" with other candidates.
Here's a hot Mayor Sam tip for Larry Mantle....
Larry, you might want to walk down the hall and have a chat with a very classy lady named Patt Morrison who works the at KPCC. (She's kind of famous...I think you might already know her.)
WAY, way back in March 2009 - when TEN Candidates were running for the office of Mayor of Los Angeles, Patt set aside a separate day for each candidate and interviewed them each for about 15 minutes.
I know it's complicated. Ask Patt to explain it to you. She is a sweet lady and has a lot of patience.
I'm sure she will help you out.