Nir Zilberman, owner of LA Jock, is staging what’s likely to be the last debate among candidates in the March 5 election for the West Hollywood City Council.
Zilberman has invited all nine candidates to appear at the clothing store at 7978 Santa Monica Blvd. near North Laurel at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. After opening the event with an introduction, he will ask each candidate to briefly introduce himself then will offer up questions solicited from small local businesses and local residents.
Zilberman said he intends to focus on civic issues and will discourage candidates from engaging in personal attacks. Among the subjects he wants the candidates to address are why so many small business owners are going out of business, what they would do about hate crimes, traffic and parking issues, communication with the community, city support for people in need such as those with AIDS, the homeless and senior citizens, and children’s activities and education.
“I believe it’s the only fair way for all of you to let our community know what are you all about as a person and why we as the residents of our city should vote for you,” Zilberman said in his invitation to the candidates.
All nine candidates participated in a debate earlier in the month sponsored by a group of neighborhood associations. All but the two incumbents, John Duran and Jeffrey Prang, participated in a debate last week hosted by students at West Hollywood College Preparatory School. The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which traditionally hosts a council candidate debate, has not done so this year.