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L.A. Mayoral Candidates Meet Black Journalists Association of Southern California
By Xavier Higgs Sentinel Contributing Writer,
Published April 25, 2013

 L.A. Mayoral Candidate Wendy Greuel interviewed by Xavier Higgs, president of the Black Journalists Association of Southern California.



 L.A. Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti interviewed by Xavier Higgs, president of the Black Journalists Association of Southern California.

The Black Journalists Association of Southern California packed a full-house at the SAG/AFTRA headquarters where they witnessed a debate between Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel for mayor of Los Angeles.  

As the highly contested Los Angeles elections draw near, mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti face questions from black journalists while touting their accomplishments.

The mayor is one of three officials elected citywide, including races for city attorney, as well as city controller.

Both democrats Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel were invited to speak and take questions from The Black Journalists Association of Southern California during its general meeting at the SAG/AFTRA headquarters on Wilshire.

While never appearing together, both candidates were vigorous about their vision for the city of Los Angeles. Members of BJASC had about 30 minutes to engage each candidate in a Q&A session.

 Garcetti says, “South LA is an area that is posed for great days.”  He wants to create a silicon business zone that would take the resurgence of technology companies and move them into South Los Angeles.

According to Garcetti, it would provide an opportunity to bring more STEM education into our high schools.

 Greuel, reminded the group how active she’s been in the African American community.

“History has shown us that to win this election you must win the San Fernando Valley and the African American vote, says Greuel.

She also shares concerns about recruiting businesses to the City of Los Angeles. “To have a world-class city you must have a world-class education system,” said Greuel. “Companies are hesitant to move hear because of the negative reputation of LASUD and the cost of private schools.



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