LA students to put CD12 City Council candidates to the test at West Hills forum – Daily News




From left: Asaad Alnajjar, John Lee, Loraine Lundquist

Where do the northwest San Fernando Valley LA City Council candidates stand on issues such as homelessness, affordable housing, transit (or traffic) and environmental concerns?

Sure. You can read all the campaign mail that’s been flooding your mailbox ahead of the March 3 election. But you’ll have a chance on Monday to hear and see them in real time, in front of real people, in front of real students. And if you can’t be there in person, tune in to your nearest sceen, as it will be  video streamed at YouTube.

That’s right. Students will take the lead on Monday at de Toledo High School in West Hills, asking questions of the three local candidates running for Council District 12 seat. The forum is scheduled for 6 p.m to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17 at the school’s campus, 22622 Vanowen St.

If you wonder why you should care about this forum, well, there’s a lot going on in this district.

First off, the seat represents an area that includes Porter Ranch, Northridge, North Hills, West Hills, Granada Hills and Chatsworth. So, we’re talking bread-and-butter issues here, ranging from the Aliso Canyon blowout aftermath to how to support homeless housing in the community to traffic congestion — to name a few. And there will be more than a few, as students from the high school will question the candidates, with a chance for audience questions to follow — time permitting, of course.

L.A. City Councilman John Lee is being challenged by educator Loraine Lundquist and by civil engineer Asaad Alnajjar, a certified write-in candidate.

And they are all set to be there on Monday night.

The forum is a collaboration between de Toledo High School, The League of Women Voters LA and The LA Daily News.

We’ve got an hour and half — the first hour devoted to questions from the students (generated through student and LA Daily News input) and the last half hour to the audience (a panel comprised of representatives from the school, the League of Women Voters and the Daily News will screen them and select the final slate of questions for the candidates).

While we can’t guarantee we’ll ask all of your questions, we’ll do the best we can.