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TERA Invites Your Questions for Candidates in the 51st Assembly District Race

A "Meet the Candidates" Forum is scheduled April 25 at the Center for the Arts.

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In less than the time that it’s likely to take for a jury to decide whether former senator and presidential hopeful John Edwards is guilty of electoral corruption, a primary election will be held for a hotly contested race in California’s 51st Assembly District, which encompasses all of Northeast L.A., including Eagle Rock, as well as East L.A. and parts of Echo Park, Silver Lake and Downtown.

The primary ballot, scheduled for June 5, will be followed by a general election on November 6.

The 51st District battleground is completely new, having been recently created by the California Redistricting Commission on the basis of the latest U.S. Census data.

It’s a primarily Latino-populated area contested by four Democratic and progressive Latino candidates:

Luiz Lopez, president of the East Area Planning Commission; nonprofit healthcare director of communications at AltaMed Health Services; former co-chair of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council.

Jimmy Gomez, political director for the United Nurses Association of California; formerly worked as a deputy in the the office of former L.A. City Council Member and mayoral candidate Michael Feuer, and the Office of former U.S. Congress Member Hilda Solis.

Arturo Chavez, district director for State Assembly Member Gil Cedillo and former field deputy for City Council Member Ed Reyes.

Oscar Gutierrez, former accounts executive and television producer.

All four of them will be present at a Meet the Candidates forum at the , at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25.

The forum is being hosted by TERA (The Eagle Rock Association). TERA has invited Patch readers to send in their questions for the candidates. A selection of the best questions will then be posed to the candidates—live—during the April 25 pre-election forum.

Click here to read about the candidates and how they tried to distinguish themselves from each other at a similar public forum in Glassell Park last month.

Please use the Comments section below to send your questions as concisely and clearly as possible. Or email Eagle Rock Patch editor Ajay Singh directly at ajay.singh@patch.com.

Meet the Candidates Forum, Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 25.

John Goldfarb April 13, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Not a key issue unless you are bothered by freeway noise, but since I am, the authorized and still-unbuilt sound wall along the 134 from Figueroa to Arbor Dell Road.
David Klinger April 13, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Whaa? A sound wall was authorized for that area? Yes please.
John Goldfarb April 13, 2012 at 09:59 PM
I found out about it from Anthony Portantino's office. It's been approved for a long time but on hold with Cal Trans for budgetary reasons.
jayres April 14, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Four Democrat, Progressive, Latino male candidates...Does the question really matter when the answers are likely to be the same. There isn't one Republican, or even an old school Dem, no Asian, no caucasian or even a woman. Eagle Rock is not East LA or Boyle Heights, or City Terrace. Those communities have severely different needs and little to no commonality to ER. Four Tax and Spend Progressives who want to raise taxes on job creators and legislate more handouts that the state can't afford. I look forward to abstaining from voting in the 51st District election.
Michael Larsen April 14, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I'd like to know their positions on Prop 215, SB420 and SB 731, three pieces of state level legislation that have wreaked havoc on our community, and that our current representatives, Liu and Portantino, refuse to even discuss.
Rob Schraff April 15, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Any evidence of this "havoc?" Or is this more discourse along the lines of "Little Jamaica" on College View street?
Michael Larsen April 15, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I'm sorry, but I don't engage with Patch posters who have consistently been rude and disrespectful in public discussions online. I recommend that others follow this policy as well.
Rob Schraff April 15, 2012 at 05:13 PM
That will certainly help you avoid any questions regarding your morality policing campaign in Northeast Los Angeles, particularly given that crime rates have been dropping. And of course, it won't stop me, or others from challenging your ridiculous, fact-free assertions and claims of moral and social authority. (Good advice on being careful in engaging me however. You should have offered it to Barry a few days ago.)
Barry April 15, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Nobody is afraid of you or think you are cleaver or smart. Barry just had to go to work, something you know nothing about. And by the way. I own you I made you so mad you wanted to "meet" me for a physical confrontation. You're my puppy, now roll over.
Rob Schraff April 15, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Barry - You challenged me to a meeting, at a place I was already going. I showed up to let you get your highly personal stuff off your chest, man-to-man. You didn't show up. I am well known in the community as a mild-mannered fellow, and never threatened you. Just like your friend, Mr. Larsen, you have a serious problem with the facts. - Rob
Barry April 15, 2012 at 06:21 PM
It just dawned on me Rob, the two things you so desperately want are attention and political clout. Well like ML, after this post, I'm done giving you my attention I'm sure you will be able to drag someone else down in the mud with you like I have allowed myself to do. As far as political clout, you have none, so you won't be missing that. Challenge you to a meeting? Nope. I find you repugnant why would I want to meet you? The point you missed through all of this is not pot. Its about living in a peaceful neighborhood without commotion, and speeding and loitering and side drug deals up the street, and every car that passes your house is not booming music and on and on (All on record with the LAPD, if you want "facts). Yes these are facts, because this stops every time the store closes. I think the Kmart on San Fernando should be a Pot mega store, plenty of parking, no residential around, its great. You are just determined to believe people are trying to take away your weed. Its not the case where I'm concerned. I don't care about what you do. But you think people can act out however they want in people's neighborhoods and when the neighbors speak out against it they are prohibition crusaders. I think it would be fair to say most people wouldn't want that on their street, yet you condemn College View, a street you have nothing to do with, for not wanting it on theirs. Baffling. I'm sure you"ll have a final retort, you just can't help yourself.
Rob Schraff April 15, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Always makes me laugh when all right-wing ranters can do is launch childish tirades and smears, then blame others for their lack of judgement, logic, and maturity. And despicable? Really? As despicable as the "Little Jamaica" and property values rhetoric? As despicable as advising people who have an opinion about their neighborhood to "know their place?" As despicable as all your desperate smears of me on the clinic van article - so unfounded and hysterical that Ajay did you the favor of taking them down? And yes, Barry, it really is all about pot, otherwise AEC is just another successful business in strip mall that's been there for more than 30 years. Also, as far as relentless, self-important self-promotion in pursuit of a little clout...that really sounds like Michael Larsen's role in our community to me. But I am sorry you have to work on Sunday, Barry. Do you sell real-estate?
Rob Schraff April 15, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Sorry, all these actions are both despicable and repugnant.
erxicana April 16, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I would ask each of them what their non paid community involvement was in the 51st District prior to deciding to run for office, what community in the 51st were they active and lived in, and how they have involved youth and family voices in their activities.
Susan R April 16, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Sound wall? That is one of my favorite words. Can a sound wall be put around Divine Saviour Catholic Church so the neighbors do not have to hear their loud amplified sound system? Chavez is a career politican looking for another job. Oscar has little experience, but has some great ideas that sound conservative, but don't let him fool you, he is not. The other two I have not figured out yet. They all have the same ideas. I just felt sorry for Oscar the way he was treated in the debate. The ones holding the debate treated him like a little kid. It was humilitating and I felt embarrassed for him. This is the first time I heard of a sound wall for the 2 freeway! Let's all call Cal-Trans.
John Goldfarb April 17, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Susan R., the sound wall is actually supposed to be built in the area of Eagle Rock Recreation Center near Figueroa; it would run along the 134 for about half a mile. But again, it's stalled indefinitely, I assume because of funding.
Susan R April 17, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Along the 134 where? Along the 134 Freeway the same direction as Colorado Blvd? The sound wall is a great subject to bring up with in those Assembly District candidate meetings. Let's see where they stand on getting a sound wall. If you want something now is the time to push for it while all the candidates want your vote.
John Goldfarb April 18, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Along the 134 beginning around Figueroa and ending about a half mile to the west, at Arbor Dell. Colorado roughly parallels the 134 to the south.
Susan R April 18, 2012 at 05:23 AM
I don't know where Arbor Dell is. Is is near the Eagle Rock Mall or Trader Joe's? This should be brought up at the next candidate meeting. I feel noise is a very important issue. Let me know what intersections its near.
Tom Williams April 24, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Question for Candidates Do you support the extension of Measure R for highway projects such as SR-710?? Would you support reallocation of SR-710 Moneys to real arterial improvements and GoldLine-OrangeLine Connection? Would you support the Arroyo Seco Corridor improvements and formation of a Historic Development District for the Corridor?? Tom Wms
lorrie boula August 14, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I think we need to band together to get the sound wall built. It will not only reduce noise pollution but will help reduce air and particulate pollution issues.
John Goldfarb August 14, 2012 at 07:11 PM
@Lorrie Boula: Thank you for posting about the sound wall for the 134, which, as you may know, is delayed due to a lack of funding. The funding for it is in the hands of the MTA, and the contact person to speak to there is Ms. Fulgene Asuncion: 213-922-3025. If you have any ideas as to how to speed things along, please contact me at jgoldfarb3@roadrunner.com.

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