Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Silver Lake: How Do You Hold A Silver Lake City Council Candidate Forum & NOT Ask A Single Question About The Reservoir?

Photo: Shawnda Thomas Faveau, March 2, 2008.  Silver Lake Reservoir.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council held a CD13 City Council Candidate Forum last night.  It was the first time all 12 candidates showed up.  However the format precluded fair & open participation by the audience (in which campaign staff and supporters seemed to outnumber actual audience members).   
Audience members were asked to submit questions written on forms at the door.  The moderator edited and chose which questions to ask - which seemed to mostly be about neighborhood councils rather than actual issues pressing in Silver Lake.
Although the moderator admitted several questions about the Silver Lake Reservoir were submitted, he chose not to read any.  I submitted a very good question about Small Lot Subdivision.  It too was ignored. 
As expected, there was no in-depth discussion about any of the big development issues pending in Silver Lake (300 units coming to Sunset Junction, around 100 units in different projects at the 2 Freeway Terminus), or Elysian Park (888 units proposed at Barlow Hospital.)
Most of the candidates who haven't spent as much time in the district as others seemed to embrace the murals throughout the community and all eat at the same restaurants. 
The election is March 5.  Early voting starts next week. 
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