Skip navigation
Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California
2013 Mayoral Race

LA Mayoral Candidates Discuss Key Local Issues at Forum

All five candidates running for mayor of Los Angeles attended the 21st annual Empowerment Congress Summit at USC.

The five major candidates running for the mayor of Los Angeles shared the stage Saturday morning at USC's Bovard Auditorium to take part in the City of Los Angeles Mayoral Candidates Forum organized by the Empowerment Congress.

City Councilmember Eric Garcetti, City Controller Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, City Councilmember Jan Perry, and Emanuel A. Pleitez fielded questions regarding the arts, housing and homelessness, mental health services, public transportation, gun control and the economy.

Longtime local politicians, like Perry, Garcetti and Greuel, counterbalanced their experience against the new leadership ideas of Pleitez and James. Each candidate was allowed a 1-minute opening statement, 1-minute to answer each question and a 1-minute closing statement.

Attendees of the summit said they appreciated hearing from all of the candidates and felt the forum was an effective way to display each candidates platforms and strategies.

The first clip above includes reaction from forum attendees Sherry Bell and Mark Gory.

The other clips above include the candidates' responses to the following topics:

  • Arts and the Impact on the Economy
  • Mental Health, Housing and Homelessness
  • Public Transportation
  • Gun Control
  • The Economy

The election will be held on Tuesday, March 5. If a single candidate does not receive more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held on Tuesday, May 21.

COMMENTS

Way to be ahead of the curve! The New York Times just picked up this story: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/us/kevin-l-james-a-long-shot-in-race-f...

Great videos! It's amazing to think that one of those five will be our next mayor!

Leave a comment
Name:
E-mail:*
URL:
Comments:*

USC Employees Protest Low Wages


By Brad Streicher
01/30/15 | 10:18 a.m. PST

USC students and workers protested across campus on Thursday night asking the university to raise wages for USC employees. Protestors...

Leonard Williams Declares for 2015 NFL Draft


By Alyssa Nakamoto
12/29/14 | 12:34 p.m. PST

The junior defensive end is expected to be a Top 10 pick.

Sports SCene: Episode 1

CNN Staff And Alumna Stop By The Media Center

Voices of Auschwitz

Javorius 'Buck' Allen: "It Was a Very Physical Game"

We detected that you might be on a mobile device such as an iPad or iPhone. Sorry, at this time the video box is only visible on desktop computers.
MOST POPULAR

Announcing The Spring 2015 Anchor Team


By ATVN
01/25/15 | 9:46 p.m. PST

Thank you to everyone who auditioned. We invite you to audition next semester. 

Sports SCene: Episode 1


By Alyssa Nakamoto
01/28/15 | 9:08 p.m. PST

The Annenberg Media Center presents the first episode of Sports SCene, a show dedicated completely to USC sports.