|(Mar. 17, 2019, 6:50 a.m.) -- LBREPORT.com has replaced our Feb. 28 offer to state Senate candidate Lena Gonzalez with an opportunity to share with us in conversation by phone her answers on pending state legislation and her City Council record and to make our conversation available for on-demand audio access (podcast) and in transcribed text.
For over two weeks with an election approaching in just over a week, LBREPORT.com (now in our 19th year of providing independent news in Long Beach) has offered candidate Gonzalez the opportunity to answer three substantive questions in writing that we composed and were posed at a Feb. 27 candidate forum. When the Gonzalez campaign cited a conflicting event for her absence, we immediately offered her the opportunity to answer the questions in writing, which she hasn't done since Feb. 28.
We then sought to ask her the questions at two "Meet Lena" events, one at last week (March 9) at a Lakewood business, and another yesterday (March 16) held at a Long Beach home in an affluent neighborhood. On both occasions, the property owners politely recited the same robotic answer: the event was "closed" to the press (showing to our satisfaction that it likely wasn't an individual property owner's decision but rather an intentional blockade by the Gonzalez campaign.)
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For us, this isn't a matter of campaign optics; it's a matter of policy substance. When someone seeking or holding public office, whether a President or a Council member, tries to avoid answering substantive questions, they're not snubbing the person asking; they're snubbing your right to hear their answers.
Others haven't asked the type of pointed questions LBREPORT.com asks; they apparently prefer softball "questions" that let candidates regurgitate favored campaign narratives and buzz-word cliches. When others don't ask, candidates don't tell. LBREPORT.com believes you have a right to know, among other things, whether someone seeking Sacramento office supports or opposes now pending legislation on which they might vote in just weeks if elected.
Here's what LBREPORT.com asked that state Senate candidate Lena Gonzalez that to our knowledge others haven't asked and she hasn't answered and why we ask it.
To these three questions LBREPORT.com also offers candidate Gonzalez the opportunity to share with us in conversation her responses to questions about her voting record on the Long Beach City Council (which include matters beyond banning Styrofoam straws.) When an incumbent seeks higher office, their record in their current is always relevant. No incumbent officeholder deserves a privilege to avoid accountability for votes they cast in their current office in seeking promotion to a higher office.
Accordingly, this morning (Mar. 17) LBREPORT.com informed candidate Gonzalez, her campaign manager and campaign consultant that our Feb. 28 offer is rescinded and we now offer her an opportunity to share with us in conversation by phone her answers to our questions on pending state legislation and her City Council record and to make her responses available to our readers for on-demand audio access (podcast) and in transcribed text.
Candidate Gonzalez and her campaign reps know how to reach us.
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