Below is an excerpt from an article written by staff writers James Rainey and Seema Mehta about Emanuel's participation at the KPCC Mayoral Debate. The article was published in the LA Times on February 6, 2013.
"The leading candidates for mayor of Los Angeles have dialed up their rhetoric as a March 5 primary draws closer, but they are still little known to a large number of voters in the city and remain determined to make a good first impression.
That helps explain the mostly civil tone that re-emerged Wednesday night as the contenders squared off in a debate sponsored by KPCC-FM (89.3) radio in Pasadena and moderated by Larry Mantle.
As with the last debate broadcast widely to the public--last week's forum at UCLA that was televised by KNBC-TV Channel 4 — the candidates focused mostly on themselves, rather than attacking their opponents.
Former technology executive Emanuel Pleitez proposed a pension buyout plan, where the city would borrow money to offer lump sums to workers today to get the liability off the books. Workers would take part because they have no guarantee that their pensions are secure, given the city’s financial circumstances, he said. Then the city must move to a 401(k)-style retirement program where workers contribute 50% of the cost.
“We need to simplify it and give worker some options,” he said.
The more civil tone did not come without some barbs.
James and Pleitez continued to attack the three elected officials as part of a City Hall regime that has failed.
After Garcetti and Perry suggested that some progress has been made in their districts, particularly on economic development, James objected.
“We don’t get to the second worst roads in America with all the improvements they have been talking about up here,” James said. “You get to the second worst roads in America because they have failed.”
Pleitez described Garcetti, Greuel and Perry’s decades in office and said they had voted together 99% of the time. “We are on the brink of bankruptcy, we have the highest unemployment rate, the lowest high school graduation rate,” Pleitez said. 'If you are happy with that, you have three great choices and if you’re not, I am here to present an alternative, a better way.'"
Read the original article at http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/02/la-mayor-candidates-tone-it-down-for-radio-debate.html.