Below is an excerpt from the original article, which appeared on the Los Angeles Times on December 15, 2012:
"The debate focused mainly on the environment, with candidates taking turns describing themselves as champions of increasing public transit, fighting air pollution at Los Angeles Harbor, expanding the city’s network of parks and taking steps to address climate change.
A group of student demonstrators briefly interrupted the debate to protest the exclusion of Emanuel Pleitez, one of the mayoral candidates whose names will appear on the ballot but have not raised enough money to meet the conditions set by the sponsors for participating in the debate.
After panelist Susana Reyes asked the candidates their proudest accomplishment on the environment, about a dozen students stood and chanted: “Let Pleitez debate!'"
Original article written by Michael Finnegan and James Rainey. To read the original article, visit www.latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/12/la-mayor-candidates-spar.html.
Learn more about Emanuel at www.pleitezforla.com/about_emanuel.