Live from the CD 14 Eagle Rock Candidate Forum
|Calm before the political fireworks?|
** Wednesday Morning Update: Not much story budget devoted to Los Angeles Times David Zahniser's brief on last nights "Kumbaya Discussion of the Issues" in the CD 14 City Council Campaign. Between Rudy Martinez's "George Washington tree-cutting comment and Councilman Jose Huizar's "pay raise to charity moment", all was dull on the "CD 14 Election Front" last evening.
Media, political junkies, community activists and a blogger are among the early arrivals at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts for tonight's CD 14 Candidate Forum sponser by The Eagle Rock Association and the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council.
6:55 Update: Place is packed! Richard Alatorre is in the house, Dave Bryan from KCAL and KCBS is here. Jon Regardie along with David Z. are ready with note pad. Crowd may pose a problem. ERNC President is making intros. Rudy Martinez and jose Huizar exchange hugs. No Trujillo in site
7:10 Update: Standing room only! President Larsen opening remarks center on "saving the friendship" between Huizar and Martinez. but pledge to keep things clean (for tonight). Huizar has scowl on face.
7:15 Update: Huizar apologize to Rudy Martinez, campaign and his mother. Brian Heckman will moderate forum.
7:25 Update: Good questions, good answers, positive dialog by both candidates.
7:40 Update: Rudy's passion vs. Jose's policies. Rudy "I am the most innovated person that I have meet". 35 m(A)ssage parlors in Eagle Rock? Time to save battery.
7:55 Update: Salary issue, medical marijuana, budget priorities are some of the questions. No fireworks so far. This is a great evening for a positive give and take on the issues. The overflowing crowd is a great barometer on the campaign.
Forum Summery: Two former friends found common ground in discussing the issues in a positive and construtive manner. Huizar knows policy but Martinez is gaining his leadership legs. BTW, Parke and Mayor Antonio Villar's Chief of Staff Jeff Carr were on-site this evening. The stakes are high for the Mayor, thus the high power turn out. those who showed wanting fireworks lefted disappointed. But then there is a bloggin dawn approaching in about six hours.
Live updates as the forum gets underway.
Scott Johnson in Northern CD 14