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Torie Osborn Gets Endorsement at Assembly Candidates Forum

Democratic candidates vying to represent the 50th Assembly District meet at forum Sunday in Malibu.

won the endorsement of the Malibu Democratic Club, which hosted a Sunday for the three Democrats competing to represent the .

Redistricting has placed West Hollywood in AD50 for the November 2012 election.

A political veteran, Torie Osborn beat out Assemblywoman  and Santa Monica Mayor  to get the club's endorsement. Republican hopeful Brad Torgan was not invited to the event.

Osborn received 42 votes. Thirteen favored making no endorsement, five selected Butler and nobody backed Bloom.

"I'm over the moon," Osborn said in an interview with Patch after receiving the endorsement. "It's my first one [from a local Democratic club]. I was decisive and it feels like a dry run for the whole campaign."

She said she was not involved in recruiting club members, but admitted her campaign "organized some people to either re-up [their memberships] or join."

"It's a pretty common practice to use the candidates forums to do recruitment drives," Osborn said.

Bloom said he was also not concerned that Osborn and Butler have received most of the prominent endorsements.

"I think they've spent more time in the endorsement process," Bloom said. "I'm really happy with the endorsements I have, but I'm very focused with running for office and doing my job as the mayor of Santa Monica, so I'm focusing in on the core responsibility of campaigning, and that's reaching out to voters and the people who are ultimately going to be casting those ballots."

The three candidates are liberal Democrats, so there was little disagreement on major issues that were discussed during the forum. They all said education spending should be a priority.

Osborn and Butler said they oppose the death penalty. Bloom said he only supports it in "exceptional cases," including "mass murder where there is an admission and the evidence is crystal clear."

The next forum, hosted by the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club, will take place Jan. 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the . The Santa Monica Democratic Club will host a forum Jan. 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the .

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Lester Aponte January 10, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I was at the forum in Malibu on Sunday, as well as the endorsement meeting last night in Van Nuys where a coalition 27 Democratic Clubs in the SFV also chose to endorse Torie Osborn. There were not 40 people at the Malibu forum who were "bought" by Torie's campaign. Do you really think a campaign can "buy" a supporter for $25? What happened is simple. Torie is a longtime resident and activist in the 50th District and the crowd was wowed by Tories' eloquence and passion and her understanding of the issues they care about in Malibu. Malibu City councilman Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner chose to endorse her right after hearing her speak at the forum. I am sure it was not because someone paid a club membership for him. It is completely unnecessary and, frankly, childish to descend to these accusations in a race between two such clearly qualified candidates. Let's stick to issues and vision and let the people decide.
The Man The Myth A Legend in his own Mind February 01, 2012 at 10:09 PM
The Beverly Hills City is now part of the newly formed 50th Assembly District. Torie Osborn, Betsy Butler, and Richard Bioom are the candidates that are in the race. “TORIE OSBORN WILL BE ANOINTED" Bloom might have become a contender. When he made a deal with the devil joining with the developers, he became every woman’s man and every man’s woman and all of his credibility is gone. He is delusional though in thinking the rank and file of Santa Monicans love him. There is a certain reminder of Muammar Gaddafi here, and he sure did receive the full measure of his people’s love. Legislatively, Bloom will deserve the same judgment. This will be a prelude to Bloom’s‘Last Hurrah.’ The political graveyard is filled with hypocrites.” The facts speak for themselves. Santa Monica Mayor Bloom was compelled to moved out of West Hollywood. Bloom got no love from West Hollywood or any other Democratic Club for the simple reason of his known record.He was appointed as Mayor of Santa Monica by other Council Members like him that used his voting position to reward developers that donated thousands of dollars towards his election. If they quack like a Duck then they are a Duck. That being said, Bloom is quacking as loudly as he can.
Pro Se February 02, 2012 at 01:00 AM
“TORIE OSBORN WILL BE ANOINTED" Bloom might have become a contender. When he made a deal with the devil joining with the developers, he became every woman’s man and every man’s woman and all of his credibility is gone. He is delusional though in thinking the rank and file of Santa Monicans love him. There is a certain reminder of Muammar Gaddafi here, and he sure did receive the full measure of his people’s love. Legislatively, Bloom will deserve the same judgment. This will be a prelude to Bloom’s‘Last Hurrah.’ The political graveyard is filled with hypocrites.” Santa Monica Mayor Bloom was compelled to moved out of West Hollywood. Bloom got no love from West Hollywood or any other Democratic Club for the simple reason of his known record.He was appointed as Mayor of Santa Monica by other Council Members like him that used his voting position to reward developers that donated thousands of dollars towards his election. If they quack like a Duck then they are a Duck. That being said, Bloom is quacking as loudly as he can.
Pro Se February 02, 2012 at 04:10 AM
The Richard Bloom facts speak for themselves. Bloom had one hundred Santa Monica Police Officers to become his Political tool to remove a wheelchair bound Handicap. I am a Handicap man uses life support equipment. I am a Handicap man only wanted to use his sign as part of his two minute audio/visual presentation of City Council Agenda 14. I am a Handicap man that founded the Santa Monica Disabilities Commission on May 1, 1998 to try and yet failed to stop the Mayor and City Council from spending a million dollars to modify City Hall to deny the Handicap from being able to speak at any future City Council meetings. I am a Handicap man that presentation sign read SantaMonica4HumanRights@gmail.com The sign was to protest the fact that Bloom changed the City Council rules so that Handicap people that used life support equipment and thus had special needs wouldn't be denied to be seen or heard providing their two minute public input presentations at the start of the City Council meeting on agenda items that might be heard at the end of the meeting.
Pro Se February 02, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Mayor Richard Bloom 9/29/2010 Jim Crow like Law only targets people with special needs. My Federal Criminal Complaint is now being investigated by the U.S Justice Department. My Doctors gave written prescriptions to Mayor Bloom to provide Disability Accommodation as a patients that use life support equpment so that I would be able to speak at the start of the City Council meetings Bloom instead pulled a hateful Lester Mannix on me by useing 100 Police Officers to remove me by force and thus violated his oath of Office concerning the A.D.A Act Federal Law. Bloom changed the City Council rules on 9/29/2010 to only allow people with special needs to write down their audio and visual two minute presentations and submit it to the City Clerk so that they would thus become separate and unequal and not be seen or heard giving a two minute presentation at City Council meetings at the start of the meeting. Keep in mind that Bloom only allows several of his able body friends the right to speak early and to also use presentation signs as seen in several recent City Council meetings.

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