Third District county supervisorial candidates John Duran, Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver and Pamela Conley Ulich will take part in the first debate of the campaign on Thursday evening, March 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The debate will be jointly sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists/Greater Los Angeles Chapter, KCRW 89.9, and their on-campus partners, University Communications and UCLA Extension.
The debate will be held in the auditorium of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, which is located at 570 Westwood Plaza, 3200 CSNI Building on the UCLA campus (map here: http://maps.ucla.edu/campus/?locid=88913). Warren Olney, host of KCRW public affairs programs “Which Way LA” and “To the Point” will moderate, and the debate will be edited for subsequent radio broadcast at 89.9 FM and streamed on-line at http://spjla.org/.
The open primary election for this non-partisan office will take place on June 3, 2014; if no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, a top-two runoff will be held on November 4, 2014, with the new term beginning on December 1, 2014. The four candidates are competing to succeed retiring incumbent Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who is termed out of office after representing the Third District since he was first elected in 1994. Yaroslavsky previously served from 1975-1994 representing the Fifth District on the Los Angeles City Council.
The five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is widely considered the most powerful local government body in the nation, serving a jurisdiction of 10 million constituents with a workforce of roughly 100,000 employees and an annual budget of $25.4 billion.
County Supervisors oversee a vast County bureaucracy responsible for such vital public services as health and mental health care, public health protection including communicable disease prevention and restaurant inspections, public assistance, child welfare and foster care, law enforcement and fire protection in the unincorporated areas and in dozens of small cities who contract with the County for local municipal services, regional flood-control protection, and operating such iconic arts, culture and recreational venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, the Museums of Art and Natural History, Disney Hall, the Music Center, various parks and many other facilities. In addition, the five Supervisors also serve on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a public transit agency with an annual budget of $5 billion responsible for operating the region’s bus system, and building and operating light-rail and subway lines across a jurisdiction of 1,433 square miles.