|(Feb. 9, 2018, 1:25 p.m.) -- It wasn't a debate but a businesslike forum attended by mainly business people interested in hearing the views of 5th district Councilwoman Stacy Mungo and her April election challengers Corliss Lee, Rich Dines and John Osborn. The breakfast hour event, organized by the Long Beach Commercial Real Estate Council, consisted of questions (provided to the participants in advance) as well as questions submitted (in writing) by the event attendees. The participants were given one minute each to answer each question.
From left to right: Councilwoman Mungo, challengers Corliss Lee, Rich Dines, John Osborn
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We counted roughly 50 attendees in a meeting room at The Grand event center; in self-introductions, many attendees indicated ties to commercial real estate interests (leasing, selling, banking/financing). Among public figures we spotted were Randal Hernandez (chair of LB's Mayor-chosen/Council-approved Economic Development Commission), Robert Luskin (a former member of LB's Airport Advisory Commission); Michelle Grubbs (Pacific Merchant Shipping Ass'n) and Lucy Johnson (long time Aquatics supporter.)
LBREPORT.com captured ambient audio, which was somewhat challenging. The first question -- "Why are you running for City Council? What experience do you have that will make you a qualified Councilperson and what makes you the best candidate" -- was answered without the candidates given the microphone. This was remedied in all subserquent questions, but for the first question, we had to digitally boost the audio on their responses (an audible outcome but less than optimal.) It's marked "Part 1" below.
For the second and subsequent questions, participants had the microphone. When we oriented our recording device to optimize loudspeaker audio, it created momentary clatter on our recording which passes in a few seconds; the remainder of the audio is ambient but fairly clear. It's marked "Part 2" below.
Our audio is unedited from the start of questions directed to the candidates, with the exception of roughly ten seconds of candidate Osborn's response to the second question when he didn't yet have the microphone. Mr. Osborn began anew when given the mike, so we present his answer from that point.
The candidate portion of the forum was moderated by Brian Russell.
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