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Come Listen to School Board Candidates in Final Malibu Debate Wednesday

As moderator of the the debate, which is co-sponsored by Malibu Rotary, I will be asking questions submitted by Malibu Patch readers.

I will have the honor of moderating a debate featuring the candidates in the school board race for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Wednesday night at Pepperdine University.

The forum, which is sponsored by Malibu Rotary, is set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Fireside Room at Pepperdine University. To find parking, just ask the security guard at the booth, who will give you a token for access to the parking lot and directions.

In case you are not aware of who is running in the school board race, three Malibu challengers, Craig Foster, Karen Farrer and Seth Jacobson, are hoping to unseat incumbents Ben Allen, Jose Escarce and Maria Leon-Vazquez.

Originally, all six candidates agreed to take part in this forum, but Malibu challenger Seth Jacobson backed out this week because he will be out of town.

I agreed to moderate this debate for a number of reasons, but the main reason is that I'm a proponent of civic engagement and the need for citizens to be informed voters. I've written a series of articles about the Malibu candidates efforts to unseat the incumbents on the board in the lead up to the election on Nov. 6.

The format of the debate will be slightly unique in that I have selected the best questions submitted by Malibu Patch readers over the past month. I had to leave some out because of time constraints and because some of the questions were repetitive.

The reason the debate is taking place at Pepperdine is because Malibu Rotary, which is active in serving the community, meets weekly there. I was a Rotary member while editor of Palm Desert Patch, but I haven't been able to get involved this year. (You all have kept me pretty busy here in Malibu for the past six months.)

The debate, which is the final debate in Malibu before the election, will be recorded and posted on Malibu Patch in the coming days.

If you have any last minute questions you'd like me to ask the candidates, feel free to email me at malibu@patch.com. I'll be taking submissions through noon Wednesday.

I'd love to see some of you there if you can make it. It's going to be a fun night.

John W. Elman October 27, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Jessica, You did a great job as the moderator of this event. The questions asked of the candidates were ones the community wanted answered and all the candidates who were there (Seth Jacobson was out of town) answered them very well. They all seemed to get along with each other and remained after the forum talking to each other. The Santa Monica candidates all agreed with the Malibu candidates that there should be some type of Malibu representation at School Board meetings and in the event that none of the Malibu candidates get elected there should be a position created so that there is a Malibu person at all board meetings. There also seemed to be a consensus among the candidates that the most important thing, even more important than which candidates win the election, is that Propositions 30 and 38 pass to fund the district.
John W. Elman October 27, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Oh, and one more thing--where's the video of the candidates forum?

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