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Candidates for 50th Assembly District to Square Off Sunday

Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, liberal activist Torie Osborn and Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom to participate in forum at Malibu City Hall.

West Hollywood voters will get an opportunity Sunday to hear from the three Democrats competing to represent the city in the state Assembly.

Assemblywoman , political veteran and Santa Monica Mayor , all candidates for the newly created 50th Assembly District, which includes West Hollywood, will participate in a forum at hosted by the Malibu Democratic Club. West Hollywood resident Brad Torgan, the lone Republican in the race, was not invited to the forum.

This will be the first public forum featuring the three Democrats.

The primary election is June 5. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, will face off in the general election in November. Osborn and Butler are the front-runners in terms of money raised and endorsements collected.

Osborn, a liberal activist,  from Sheila Kuehl (who was the 41st District representative from 1994 to 2000); Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Rep. Karen Bass; Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl; the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund; and the .

Nonprofit civil rights organization . She has also been endorsed by Assembly Speaker John Pérez, California Democratic Party Vice Chairman Alex Rooker and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. Organizations backing Butler include the Legislative LGBT Caucus and the Legislative Women’s Caucus.

The club's annual meeting will begin at 11:45 a.m. The forum will start at 12:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Multipurpose Room.

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Dante Atkins January 06, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Brad Torgan was not invited because this endorsement meeting is hosted by the Malibu Democratic Club and also serves as their endorsement meeting. The forum is designed to maximize the amount of time that club members can hear from the only candidates eligible for that endorsement before making a decision.
joninla January 06, 2012 at 10:47 AM
I would like to have our Candidates for State Assembly representing West Hollywood discuss and decide if they are willing to commit to having the virtually permanent 25 year incumbency Elected to Govern the City but who have become so self-serving and destructive to the City, it Millions of Dollars in Annual Budget Revenue being wildly spent on projects that do not benefit or harm the City's Budget, Infrastructure, Quality of Life, Traffic/Noise/Crime and the integrity of the founding principles of the City, formally and fully investigated and prosecuted for the years of obvious corruption and their unfaltering continued support of the wealthy developers who have and keep building theses massive new mixed-use developments (that garner them huge profits using state incentives, stacked, to bypass zoning restrictions and adding 30% more square footage than otherwise would be allowed). THE STATE IS IN FINANCIAL CRISIS - AND WEHO JUST SPENT $64 MILLION ON THE LIBRARY, $41 MILLION TO DESTROY PLUMMER PARK, $13 MILLION TO BUILD A ROBO-PARKING-GARAGE. With the State Budget Crisis, why has nobody noticed and taken action over the obvious unnatural West Hollywood Budget, Finances, Construction, Crime and indefinite incumbency of the secretive City Council? The City Council is reaping the rewards of exploiting the State's Incentive Programs in a manner that is destroying our city.
Debra Evans January 06, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I am going for Torie. She has always been a fighter for Social Justice. The people backing Betsy Butler in West Hollywood are the ones (John Duran and John D'Amico) are the ones responsible for the Plummer Park debacle, Robo Parking and other wasteful spending. Torie WILL stand up for the community. When Speaker John Perez asked folks to drop out of the race for the 50th AD, he did NOT ask that of Torie because he knew that she is not the kind of woman who would back down. This is exactly the kind of woman who should be elected.

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