Valley Alliance hosts Citywide Candidates Forum in Valley

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The Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) hosted a Candidate Forum that featured candidates for Mayor and Controller, drawing more than 200 stakeholders from 25 of the 34 Neighborhood Councils in the Valley.

Saul Daniels writes in the Patch “With about two weeks left before the March 5 election, the campaign turned from nasty to nice Saturday at the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils mayoral debate. It was the second event on the bill at Los Angeles Valley College. The undercard featured city controller candidates Cary Brazeman, Ron Galperin, and Dennis Zine taking shots at each other, with Zine fending off most of the punches.

Dakota Smith of the Daily News writes “Amid a week of negative campaigning in the Los Angeles mayor’s race, Saturday’s debate in Valley Glen was a largely cordial event.

The event, hosted by the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils, even allowed the five leading candidates to rebuff recent criticisms heard in the media or voiced by their rivals. With the March 5 primary looming, the attacks are growing heated, evidenced in nasty mailers or pointed debates.

Moderator Dan Schnur repeated oft-heard complaints in the mayor’s race and invited the candidates to respond.

The Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) was founded by Jill Banks Barad in March 2003. It is an independent organization open to participation by all elected Neighborhood Council Board members and committee chairs.

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