A public forum was hosted last night at All Saints Episcopal Church.
By News Desk
According to materials provided, the forum was for a “city council candidate forum on housing and homelessness.” It was sponsored by three organizations: LAProgressive, Pasadena for All, and LAForward Institute. The moderator of the forum was James Farr of The Conversation.
The agenda was divided into one forum for each district: District 2 candidates in attendance were Rick Cole and Felicia Williams and a spirited question and answer session ensued.
For District 3, however, Justin Jones was not there, leaving the forum solely to Brandon Lamar.
According to James Farr, who sat beside Brandon in the empty chair, Jones was invited. Twelve emails were sent to him, but none were answered. If a guest doesn’t show for a forum, it’s best to cancel the second forum, as it’s no longer a forum.
Lack of organizers’ experience, or professional skill, may have contributed to this error. It would have been classier to go on with one forum with two candidates present and announce the cancellation of the other one with only one candidate present.
From nonprofitvote.org: "Invite all viable candidates for a specific office to your forum and make an equal effort to encourage each of them to attend. If it is a two-candidate race and only one agrees to attend, you should not go forward with your forum."
[This article has been updated to reflect a correct headline and clarifications for the last paragraph. Jan. 29, 3:30 pm]
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