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California Assembly Race Debate Casts Light on Candidates

by LA1 News Desk

   From the outside courtyard at Ramona Hall last night, if one listened just carefully enough, massive applause could almost be heard as the Assembly District 51 runoff candidates were announced inside. The massive applause was not for candidates Wendy Carrillo and Luis Lopez, of course, although a healthy crowd did show up. It was coming the other way from Dodger Stadium where everybody else was paying attention. It was the first game of the World Series after all, making the candidate debate seem like an afterthought. The Dodgers had just come up three to one on Turner's home run when the introductions concluded.

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An Analysis of the Raucous CD1 Candidate Debate

by David R. Bloom

   To describe Monday night's debate between 1st Council District incumbent Gil Cedillo and his runoff election rival Joe Bray-Ali as simply a discussion on the issue of housing, as it was designed, would be curt. It is more appropriate to elaborate on the brewing fist fights in the crowd, for example, and how they play into the story.

   The candidate debate at the Central American Resource Center near MacArthur Park was the second in the run-up for the 1st District city council race. The first debate occurred on February 16 with Bray-Ali and Cedillo, in addition to Highland Park business owner Jesse Rosas and activist Giovanni Hernandez. It was a prelude to the March 7 municipal election, which resulted in Bray-Ali able to force a runoff election on May 17 by just 130 votes.

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Becerra's Vacant Congressional Seat


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