Here's Where State Senate Candidate Lena Gonzalez Was After Her Campaign Told Regional Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce In February She'd Be Unable To Attend Group's March 13 Candidate Forum

On March 12, her campaign told she had a "longstanding conflict") is reader and advertiser supported. Support independent news in LB similar to the way people support NPR and PBS stations. We're not non-profit so it's not tax deductible but $49.95 (less than an annual dollar a week) helps keep us online.
(Mar. 14, 2019, 5:25 p.m.) -- As previously reported by, state Senate candidate / LB Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez told the Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in February that she'd be unable to attend the group's March 13 candidate forum at CSULB. On March 12, asked her campaign for the reason(s) why she'd be unable to attend and her campaign replied (via Facebook message) that she "has a longstanding conflict." When we followed-up and asked what that longstanding conflict was, we received no response.

However the candidate's campaign indicated the following after the event, time stamped 9:44 p.m., March 13. The RHCC candidate forum at CSULB was scheduled from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

We also separately screen-saved the time stamp

Eight of eleven active state Senate candidates seeking to represent roughly half of Long Beach and several SE L.A. County cities (map below) participated in the March 13 RHCC candidate forum. coverage (with salient VIDEO) is at this link.

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Candidate Gonzalez had early support from immediate-past state Senator Ricardo Lara, LB Mayor Robert Garcia, Cong. Alan Lowenthal, Supervisor Janice Hahn and was recently endorsed by the LB Democratic Club. She's also has a six figure campaign warchest backed by multiple labor PACs and is separately supported by an oil-industry backed independent campaign PAC. If Gonzalez were to receive 50%+1 of ballots cast on March 26 (vote by mail ballots flying now), she could be sworn into Sacramento office in April; otherwise, she'll face an opponent in a June 4 runoff.



Dem candidates from smaller cities outside Long Beach have bristled at the notion of an "anointed" candidate. Immediately after the forum, candidate Jose Solache (Lynwood Mayor) released a Facebook video blasting "big money" in the campaign. Repub Guerrero (a Cudahy Councilman) has drawn indie support by blasting the status quo and urging fiscal discipline, school choice, smaller government and lower taxes. The CA Secretary of State's office indicates the 33rd state Senate district has 55.1% registered Dems, 27.9% indicating No Party Preference, 11.8% Repubs plus 0.46% Green and others.

Candidate Gonzalez wasn't present at a Feb. 27 candidate forum (part of monthly Beer & Politics series at Liberation Brewing) and we learned thereafter that she was in Vancouver, BC as part of LB delegation to promote trade with Canada. The next day (Feb. 28), invited candidate Gonzalez by email to answer three of the questions posed to candidates at the forum the night before. We haven't received her answers to date.


On March 9, went to an "Ask Lena" candidate event, seeking to get her answers in person. At the event (held at a Lakewood business) we were told it wasn't open to press; we let a campaign rep on site know that we wished to ask candidate Gonzalez three questions posed at the Feb. 27 candidate forum, waited outside the business' front door (fronting the business' parking lot) until the event evened...and candidate Gonzalez exited via a backdoor (opening onto an alley.)

(Candidate Gonzalez did participate in a LB candidate forum limited to Dem and female candidates; declined to treat the event as newsworthy as it limited candidates by gender and party.)

RHCC's website stated mission is to "Advocate, Promote, and Facilitate the Success of Businesses in the Southern California and its Trade Areas." The group said it organized the March 13 event to give the public an opportunity to hear the candidates voice their views. At the event, the candidates also fielded questions from the event organizers.



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