USC to co-host mayoral debate
As Angelenos approach the election of a new mayor, NBC4 and its Spanish-language partner, Telemundo52, KPCC 89.3 FM and the USC Price School of Public Policy have joined forces to co-host a debate between City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel on April 22 at the Louis B. Mayer Auditorium on the Health Sciences Campus.
Moderated by NBC4 chief political reporter Conan Nolan, the debate will be broadcast live and commercial-free on NBC4, Telemundo52 and KPCC from 7 to 8 p.m.
This marks the first of two mayoral debates to be held at USC, the second of which will be on May 5 at the Galen Center.
Nolan, who covers state and local politics for the NBC affiliate, is known for his interviews with top political leaders as host of News Conference, the longest-running political/public affairs television program in Southern California. Three panelists will present questions to the candidates: Jack H. Knott, dean of USC Price; Frank Stoltze, KPCC crime and politics reporter; and Ana Patricia Candiani, Telemundo52 news anchor.
The debate will cover a wide range of key issues facing the city, including jobs and the economy, pension reform, a growing budget problem and public safety.
“The USC Price mission is always to improve the quality of life for people and their communities. Providing this platform for both candidates to answer the important questions aligns with our commitment to serving local voters,” Knott said. “We are pleased to host the debate and continuing to connect USC to the surrounding community.”
Todd Mokhtari, vice president of news at NBC4, noted, “NBC4 is bringing this debate and critical city issues directly to our viewers to help them make an informed decision on Election Day.”
Celia Chavez, president and general manager of Telemundo52, said: “With the Hispanic population at nearly 50 percent in Los Angeles County alone, there isn’t one issue that doesn’t impact Hispanic voters. As a leading Spanish-language network, we look forward to providing our viewers in-depth information about the candidates and their policies to assist them in making an informed decision on Election Day.”
Russ Stanton, KPCC’s vice president for content, added: “Debates between candidates for major offices like mayor of Los Angeles help better inform voters and are at the core of our public service mission.”
Track the discussion on each co-hosts’s Twitter page: @NBC LA, @Telemundp52, @KPCC and @USC Price.
The second debate, which is sponsored by USC and the Los Angeles Times, will be moderated by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and Jim Newton of the Times. The debate will be broadcast live on KTLA from 6 to 7:30 p.m.