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First CD11 Council Seat Debate Will Be Thursday; Second, 27 February

Incumbent Mike Bonin

Incumbent Mike Bonin

Candidate Robin Rudisill

Candidate Robin Rudisill

Candidate Mark Ryavec

Candidate Mark Ryavec

Pacific Palisades Residents Association (PPRA) will host the first CD11 Council seat debate/forum 16 February, 7 to 9 pm University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049.

At press time, candidates Robin Rudisill and Mark Ryavec have accepted the invitation to debate.

The second debate, hosted by the Westside Regional Alliance of Neighborhood Councils will be held 27 February, 6:30 pm at Windward School, 11350 Palms Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066. So far only Councilman Mike Bonin has accepted the invitation.

There was talk of a third debate to cover such issues at Measure S but Maryam Zar, president of Pacific Palisades Community Council and coordinator of the debates, said “it is hard to coordinate all these tasks and we are all volunteers, so I am trying to put a smaller Measure S discussion together for the 23 February meet of the Pacific Palisades Community Council.”

This first debate will consist of a one-hour and 15-minute forum/debate that will be followed by a meet & greet with the candidates. All residents from CD11 are welcome (photo ID required). CD11 comprises Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, West LA, Venice, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Westchester and LAX. Identification is for security purposes. Advance registration is necessary to accommodate attendees.

The debate is billed to cover the candidates positions on the issues that matter most to CD11 residents, according to the Pacific Palisades Residents Association members.

Land use and development
Mobility (bike lanes, expo, etc.)
Affordable housing
Homeless solutions
Police/public safety
Major initiatives on the March ballot, such as Measure S.

Comments (2)

  1. Anonymous

    Is he not going to THIS debate on Thursday, 27 February in Palms?

  2. Nick Antonicello

    Bonin apparently got what he wanted which was to avoid standing on the same debate stage with his opponents as he weasled out of debating both opponents!
    It is gutless and spineless not to debate their opponents, especially if one is accepting public financing.
    It should be a requirement to take part in at last three debates should you apply and accept any public financing for a city council campaign subsidized by tax dollars.
    It is this condescending attitude and arrogance that reflects why no one votes and why the incumbent has little support beyond the usual suspects of special interests, unions, public employees and alike who are seeking raises, promotions, work rule changes or other favors and perks of municipal government.
    One can get away with such nonsense because less than 20% of CD 11 will even bother to vote guaranteeing an easy ride to reelection.

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