Politic365.com sheds light on mayoral debate exclusion

Original article written by Maegan Ortiz from Politic365.com on December 17, 2012.

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“Loudly absent from the debate and the forum was Emanuel Pleitez, resident of El Sereno and former advisor to incumbent Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. During the mayoral debate sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters and Los Angeles League of Women Voters, Pleitez supporters  protested peacefully and staged a walkout their candidate was denied participation due to his campaign has not meeting a  fundraising requirement, $200,000 by the September 30th filing deadline,  forth by the LALCV.”

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LA Weekly highlights Pleitez and his campaign on front page

Over the past few days Emanuel, candidate running for mayor of Los Angeles, and his campaign have received growing media attention. This is due largely in part to the peaceful protest put on by his supporters because of the money-based exclusion of Emanuel from the televised mayoral debate on ABC7.

The debate was sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters.

Today’s front page of LA Weekly has a piece covering Emanuel and the protest as one of the main stories.

Here is a short blurb from the original piece:

“Pleitez was excluded from Saturday’s debate on the grounds that he hadn’t raised $200,000 in total. But he out-raised Kevin James last quarter, and it’s becoming harder to craft rules that would exclude Pleitez while including James.

Given that, it seems likely that Pleitez will get his chance to debate soon. In an interview, he said he had received invitations to participate in about a half dozen forums, including a televised debate.”

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Pleitez, candidate running for mayor, answers mayoral debate questions

Below is an excerpt from a larger piece written by Emanuel Pleitez. For original piece and all debate answers, visit http://bit.ly/DebateAnswers.

“As a mayoral candidate in Los Angeles, I believe the future of this city depends on its leadership’s ability to explore multiple points of a view. Creativity and cooperation will allow us to make the best decision.

Let’s get started.

Question 1: What will you do to prevent gun violence and ensure the safety of LA’s kids in schools?

The Connecticut touched us all deeply. It’s terribly sad that we wait for events like these to talk about school safety and gun control. And it’s terribly sad that horrible events like these in the past have not resulted in the changes we need to ensure that such violence never happens again. The safety of our children should always and everyday be a priority. I grew up in one of this city’s many rough neighborhoods. I had many friends growing up with problems they thought they couldn’t deal with. And for many of them, dropping out of school, joining a gang, and protecting their neighborhood seemed like the best option. We need to let our young people know that there are people out there that care for them. We need to provide families with the support they need in times of trouble. And we need to increase access to counseling and other mental health services. When I’m Mayor, one of my first orders of business will be to turn every school into a true community center that provides “wraparound” services—counseling, health care, and support—to families in need.

I also  with Controller Greuel and Mayor Bloomberg of New York in calling for legislation that aims at keeping illegal guns out of dangerous hands such as criminals, drug abusers, and the seriously mentally ill. The US has the most guns, and the most gun violence, per capita of any developed country. We need common sense measures that will close gaps in our gun laws and make sure law enforcement agencies have the tools they need to detect and deter gun trafficking. We must do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of our children. And, we need to act now.

 

Question 1: What experience do you have on environmental issues? 

While managing the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, I helped deliver the recommendation to President Obama for a national initiative to retrofit America’s homes for energy efficiency – Home Star. The initiative provided performance-based incentives for homeowners and industry, consumer financing opportunities, and standards and quality training. Not only does this make our homes more energy efficient, it also puts people to work.

We don’t need to wait for an energy system redesign. The technology and workforce is available – let’s use it. As Mayor, I will implement a local home retrofitting program and other clean technologies citywide. By doing this, we’ll be making residents more conscious of environmental issues, why they’re so important, and how they can reduce pollution and their carbon footprint.”

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Official video of protest during televised mayoral debate on ABC7

Supporters of Emanuel Pleitez, candidate running for mayor of Los Angeles, staged a peaceful protest and walkout during the first mayoral debate.

The debate was sponsored by the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters and televised by ABC7.

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Video of Protest During ABC7 Mayoral Debate

Take a look at a clip of supporters of Emanuel Pleitez, candidate running for mayor of Los Angeles, staging a peaceful protest and walkout during the first mayoral debate in Los Angeles.

The debate was televised by ABC7 and sponsored by the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters.

For the full blog post visit http://bit.ly/PeacefulProtest

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Protesta durante debate por la alcaldia de Los Angeles en ABC7

Como candidato que se postula para alcalde de los Ángeles, Emanuel está listo para llevar a Los Ángeles por el camino correcto. El retiro pacifico del debate, la demostración que tomo lugar afuera del Aratani Japan America Theater, las respuestas de Emanuel por Twitter a las preguntas del debate, y los otros esfuerzos de nuestra campaña de alcance popular son parte de una estrategia más grande que prevendrá que la ciudad de Los Ángeles tome los mismos pasos que ha tomado, y que nos han traído los problemas que enfrentamos hoy. 

Cambio suele a necesitar agitar lo normal. 

En el caso de Emanuel, este “cambio” significa innovación. Soluciones enfocadas en recursos que traerán crecimiento y una cultura de positivismo en Los Ángeles.

Cambio suele a necesitar agitar lo normal. 

En el caso de Emanuel, este “cambio” significa innovación. Soluciones enfocadas en recursos que traerán crecimiento y una cultura de positivismo en Los Ángeles.

A esta campaña le encantaría responder a cualquier pregunta adicional de los residentes de nuestra bella ciudad acerca de los eventos de anoche.

Por favor contacte a nuestro director de medios de comunicacion en Español, Moisés Celaya, por su correo electronico moises@emanuelpleitez.org o 323.723.2606. 

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Supporters of Emanuel Pleitez stand up for underserved residents of Los Angeles during mayoral debate on ABC7

As a candidate running for mayor of Los Angeles, Emanuel is ready to do what’s necessary to get LA on the right path. He will tackle the tough issues by providing innovative solutions. Even if momentarily disruptive.

The supporters peaceful walkout, along with the larger demonstration that took place outside the Aratani Japan America Theater, Emanuel’s answer to debate questions via Twitter and efforts across the grassroots campaign are part of a larger strategy that will hopefully prevent the city of Los Angeles from taking the same steps that have brought us the problems we face today.

Emanuel and every member of #TeamPleitez, from staff to high school interns and volunteers alike, wants to clarify that a peaceful disruption of the status quo is sometimes necessary to ensure all voices are heard.

Change often requires shaking things up. In Emanuel’s case, this “change” means innovative, resource-focused solutions that will bring growth and a culture of positivity to Los Angeles.

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