|District Attorney candidates (left to right) Bobby Grace, Steve Ipsen and Alan Jackson (top row)|
Jackie Lacey, Danette Meyers and Mario Trujillo (bottom row)
According to the statement from APABA:
'Join us for a town hall discussion with all of the declared candidates for Los Angeles County District Attorney: Bobby Grace, Steve Ipsen, Alan Jackson, Jackie Lacey, Danette Meyers and Mario Trujillo.' Meet and mingle with the candidates at a reception after the program.'
'This event is proudly sponsored by Asian Pacific Bar Association of Los Angeles County and co-sponsored by the Black Prosecutors Association of Los Angeles, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Japanese American Bar Association, John M. Langston Bar Association, Latino Prosecutors Association, Mexican American Bar Association, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation, South Asian Bar Association of Southern California, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. RSVP by October 31 to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line "DA Forum"). Location: Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For more information, call: Asha Greenberg at (213) 978-4659.'
|City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is understood|
to have declined an invitation to attend the forum.
However, it is highly likely that the former
Trutanich would probably attend a forum where candidates appear individually and he cannot be challenged or questioned by his opponents. Trutanich took part in such a forum during his City Attorney campaign, and probably would welcome such a forum to avoid the embarrassment of being publicly confronted with his abysmal record of failures and broken promises.
focused on being allowed to participate.
Musante's spokesperson, Graeme Cohen, told the Dragnet that Musante has filed papers to run and will have a campaign website completed this week.
Although APABA probably had the format and attendance of their forum arranged months ago, and Musante's surprise late entry makes fitting him into the evening's adgenda problematic, Musante will hopefully attend the forum as a visitor and 'mingle' as a candidates at the reception after the program.
It is not known whether attendees will be able to pose questions directly to the candidates during the forum, or whether they will be invited to submit their questions in writing to be posed by the moderators. In either event, the forum promises to be informative and interesting, giving the audience and the press a first glimpse at LA's next District Attorney.