Below is an excerpt from an article in the Los Angeles Times which covered the exclusion of mayoral candidates Kevin James and Emanuel Pleitez from a forum held by the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing due not to meeting a fundraising threshold of over $1,000,000.
"The organization, which advocates for more housing for the poor, set an unusually high threshold for participation in the forum. Only candidates who had gathered $1 million in campaign contributions by a September deadline got a place on the stage at the Catholic cathedral in downtown Los Angeles.
That meant City Controller Wendy Greuel and Council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry got to have their say on their work to build affordable housing and to prevent homelessness. But entertainment attorney and former prosecutor Kevin James and businessman Emanuel Pleitez did not.
James and Pleitez protested and the executive director of the housing trade organization conceded in an interview that there was no particular magic to the $1-million threshold. But the event organizers declined to back down, so James ($316,766 raised by the end of 2012) and Pleitez ($212,954 raised) remained on the outs.
Pleitez, 30, found his exclusion particularly ironic, because he grew up poor in El Sereno on the city’s Eastside. He said his family, headed by a single mother, had to move 10 times by the time he was 10 years old. They applied for subsidized housing but never received it because of a shortage of units, he said."
The original LA Times article was written by staff writer James Reiney. To view the article in its entirety, as published on January 12, 2013, visit www.latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/01/los-angeles-mayor-race-debates-forum-housing-.html.