Mayoral Debates

Audience Info


We are pleased to announce that the Citywide Alliance of Neighborhood Councils has been offered a special opportunity:

The Alliance in association with KCBS/Channel 2, KCAL/Channel 9 and CityWatch will be sponsoring two Mayoral Debates to be televised in prime time on KCAL and KCBS in February of 2005.

These events, to be held at CBS Television City in the Fairfax District, will provide Neighborhood Councils with an opportunity to appraise the major candidates for the Office of Mayor of Los Angeles. In the run-up to the March 8, 2005 Primary Nominating Election, the Alliance, KCBS, KCAL and CityWatch will present two live television debates: on KCAL/Channel 9, Monday, February 7, 2005 from 8:00-9:30 p.m. and on KCBS/Channel 2, Monday, February 28, 2005, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. These debates will be the only opportunity the candidates will have to face a true cross section of neighborhood stakeholders from across the entire city.

The debate on February 7th will focus on LA Today, issues and concerns that the City faces now.  The forum on February 28th will address the LA of Tomorrow and the vision of the Mayor that will lead the City into the future. 

A limited number of Neighborhood Council representatives will be able to directly question the candidates.  Each candidate will answer the question, then the moderators from Channels 2and 9 will have an opportunity to direct follow-ups.  The questions will be chosen from questions submitted by the Board Members and stakeholders of the 83 certified Neighborhood Councils throughout the city and the three forming NC’s that are being tracked by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.

Here’s the way we’ll do it:

In order to be fair and represent a cross section of the City, each Neighborhood Council will be allotted seven seats for each of the two events. The President/Chair of each NC will be responsible for submitting a list of authorized attendees to the Alliance prior to January 15th. Each NC is free to determine how they wish to allocate their seats. Presidents are encouraged to contact our area representatives listed below.  Potential questions from NC’s or NC stakeholders to the Candidates should also be forwarded by the Presidents/Chairs in a similar manner.


North Valley/West

Becky Bendikson  818-360-7113

Old Northridge Community Council

Granada Hills North NC

North Hills West NC

Chatsworth NC

Porter Ranch NC

Winnetka NC

Northridge East

Northridge West

Old Granada Hills NC

Granada Hills South


North Valley/East

Edwin Ramirez  818-590-4792

Pacoima NC

Sun Valley Area NC

Arleta NC

Sylmar NC

Foothill Trails District NC

Sunland - Tujunga NC

Panorama City

South Valley/West - Presidents of the following NC's send your list to:
Noah Modisett  310-832-8329

West Hills NC

Woodland Hills-Warner Center NC

Canoga Park NC

Encino NC

Reseda NC

Tarzana NC

West Van Nuys / Lake Balboa NC

send your list to


South Valley/East

Victoria Davidson-Castillo  818-416-0223

Studio City NC

Valley Village NC

Mid-Town North Hollywood NC

Greater Toluca Lake NC

Northeast North Hollywood NC

Sherman Oaks NC

Van Nuys NC

Greater Valley Glen Community Council


West LA/North

Steve Twining   310-472-6091

Bel Air Beverly Crest NC

Westside NC

South Robertson (SoRo) NC



Pacific Palisades Community Council


West LA/South

Maritza Przekop  310-617-7134

Grassroots Venice NC

NC of Westchester Playa Del Rey

Mar Vista NC

Del Rey NC

West Los Angeles

Palms NC


Central LA/West

John Gresham  323-866-1754

Mid City NC


Central Hollywood Community Council

Mid City West NC

Hollywood United NC

Wilshire Center - Korea Town

Olympic Park

Greater Wilshire

Hollywood Studio District NC


Central LA/East

Ken Draper  323-937-0504

Downtown Los Angeles NC

Greater Griffith Park NC

Greater Echo Park Elysian NC

Atwater Village NC

Silver Lake NC

MacArthur Park NC

Pico Union NC


East LA/North

Bradley  323-550-8335

Glassell Park NC

Eagle Rock NC

Historic Highland Park NC

Arroyo Seco NC

Greater Cypress Park NC


East LA/South

Roberto Jimenez  213-926-6367

Lincoln Heights NC

Historic Cultural NC

Boyle Heights NC


Elysian Valley Riverside NC


South LA/North  -  Presidents of the following NC's send your list to:
Noah Modisett  310-832-8329

Park Mesa Heights NC

West Adams NC

Empowerment Congress Central Area NDC

Empowerment Congress West Area NDC

Empowerment Congress North Area NDC

United Neighborhoods of Arlington Heights, W. Adams & Jefferson Park NC

Southeast Central Ave NC

Central / Alameda NC


South LA/South

Horace Penman  323-751-0412

Empowerment Congress Southeast Area NDC

Empowerment Congress Southwest Area NDC

Watts NC

Vermont Harbor NC

Vermont/Main NC




Toni O’Donnell  310-832-5224

Wilmington NC

Harbor City NC

Harbor Gateway North NC

Harbor Gateway South NC



Noah Modisett  310-832-8329

Coastal San Pedro NC

Central San Pedro NC

Northwest San Pedro NC


We are looking forward to a lively series of debates. We encourage you to submit your questions through the Presidents of each NC as soon as possible.  We are also looking forward to seeing many of you on February 7th and 28th at CBS Television City.  More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.

Noah Modisett and the Steering Committee of the Citywide Alliance of Neighborhood Councils.

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