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Candidates in L.A. Mayor's Race Face Off in First Debate Saturday Night

Four candidates face off Saturday night at 7 p.m. at downtown L.A.'s Japan America Theater.

 

The race for Los Angeles mayor heats up Saturday night with the first official debate.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Los Angeles, the California League of Conservation Voters and KABC-7, it brought Eric Garcetti, Wendy Gruel, Kevin James and Jan Perry to the same stage.

It takes place at the Aratani Japan America Theater.

The 700 or so expected to be in the audience have RSVPed through the League's website.

KABC-7 will also broadcast the debate live.

Social media posts from several of the candidates showed up early Saturday afternoon.

Eric Garcetti noted on his Facebook page, "I'm preparing for tonight's Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters (LALCV) debate, the first televised debate in our campaign. It's also the first opportunity for us to address the national tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut."

Meantime, Wendy Gruel noted in a Tweet, "It's crunch time" and urged viewers to tune in.

Garcetti is considered the

Aratani Japan America Theater is located at 244 S. San Pedro St. 90013.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This debate took place Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.

nonoise December 16, 2012 at 01:40 AM
When was this event? No mention of the date or if it has passed.
Anthea Raymond December 16, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Saturday at 7 pm. It is mentioned in headline and in the promo paragraph at the top we call the "dek." But yes another repetition would be good too. AR
nonoise December 16, 2012 at 06:59 AM
Saturday at 7, but no date. I had no idea which Saturday at 7.
nonoise December 16, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Thanks for now posting the date.
ChickenBoyFan December 17, 2012 at 08:09 PM
It's abysmal how "slim the pickins'" are for mayor. It's like being forced to choose between having dandelions or crabgrass invade your garden. Wendy Greuel = Deer in the headlights Eric Garcettii = Antonio Villaraigosa with a new skin Kevin James = Worth watching the debate, for the laugh factor(although he did call the rest of the out) Jan Perry = Practically asleep. She is the vile creature behind the South Central Los Angeles Farm debacle. You really should watch this, weep for these people, and kick her a** to the curb, once and for all. She threw us ALL under the bus. http://www.thegardenmovie.com/

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