Upcoming Candidate Forums - Updated

Thu, 02/10/2011 (All day)


We encourage Los Angeles County residents to attend their local candidate forums and show their support for the arts in schools and civic life by posing a question about arts & culture and arts education .

To view a list of upcoming forums please visit our Civic Calender.

Below please find sample questions to pose to candidates. Arts for LA has asked the candidates the following questions for our Survey:

 To City Council Candidates

  1. What was the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up?
  2. What do you believe the role of City Council should be in the development and support of the region's cultural infrastructure?
  3. How would you champion modifications to, or expansion of the City's current funding stream for local arts and culture?
  4. What three things would you do to deepen the City's investment in its creative economy (cultural tourism, in-direct and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit)

 To School Board Candidates

  1. Your district has embarked on an initiative to restore meaningful sequential arts education into its core curriculum. What do you feel are the strengths and weaknesses of the plan?
  2. If you are not familiar with the plan, what do you think your district can and should do to make this work more visible?
  3. What role do you think the arts can play in supporting key priorities of the district such as reducing the dropout rate, closing the achievement gap, and preparing more students for college eligibility and/or meaningful careers?
  4. In light of the current budget crisis, the state is now allowing local school districts flexibility to redirect their allocation from the “art and music block grant” to fund other local priorities. How would you balance the need to invest in arts education with the other financial challenges facing your district?
  5. What meaningful experiences with art (visual, dance, drama, music) did you have growing up? Please tell us about those experiences.

Choose one of the questions from above or ask your own. Arts for LA encourages advocates to take the opportunity to engage those running for office in the upcoming election.

If anyone knows of any other forums please contact us.

District 12 Candidate Forum - Granda Hills H.S - March 3, 2011

There is a candidate forum in Granada Hills High School


District 12 Candidate Forum - Granda Hills H.S - March 3, 2011

We need honest government with integrity.

We need honest government with integrity.

“Good leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion”

Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.

As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.


Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.


Action speaks louder than words.




Every age needs men who will redeem the time by living with a vision of the things that are to be.


Freedom is not an ideal; it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than the freedom to stagnate.



Action speaks louder than words.


An Independent is someone who wants to take the politics out of politics, a person with principles.


"The benchmark of a civilized society is the quality of its justice"

YJ Draiman

candidate resource

This is fantastic, Abe, et. al.  Thanks so much. 

You are welcome!

If anyone knows of an upcoming forum please let us know so we can post it. Thank you.

District 12 Candidate Forum - Granda Hills H.S - March 3, 2011

District 12 Candidate Forum - Granda Hills H.S - March 3, 2011

Politicians should be paid commissions only – performance based

Politicians should be paid commissions only – performance based compensation R1 I say that politicians should be paid - compensated on a performance based via commissions only, for example on every tax dollar that they save. Example, if a politician cuts government spending 1 Million dollars, the tax payers would pay him X% of 1 Million.
If it hits them in the pocket, they are going to be much more cautious how they spend our money.
A politician running for office should reimburse any matching funds after the election.
A politician should run the country like any non-profit corporation, with checks and balances, fiscal responsibility and not committing funds that our great grandchildren would have to pay.
Any politician who violates the oath of office will lose his job and forfeit his benefits and pension.
It is time we should hold our politicians accountable for their deeds and behavior, any deviation from honesty and ethics will be punished severely. Honesty, integrity and accountability is the motto. YJ Draiman, Energy/Utility Auditor Draiman is a candidate for the Mayor of Los Angeles PS
We should not rush to give our money to foreign countries, if we do give, it is a loan and must be repaid; the loans should also be collateralized with real estate and assets of the receiving country. Value-based Management of the Government
Value-based management makes an explicit link between a government's strategic and operating decisions and their impact on the country and its citizen’s benefits. It does so in part by aligning politicians incentives with citizens' interests.  Politicians should earn the public trust, which, in turn, is based on openness and accountability. Excessive compensation, self-dealing and hidden agenda’s are detrimental to earning public trust.

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