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What Would You Ask 33rd Congressional Candidates?

What would you like Patch to ask the candidates running for the 33rd Congressional District seat, which includes Santa Monica, Venice, the Beach Cities, Beverly Hills, Palos Verdes, Brentwood, Westwood and the Pacific Palisades.

Patch will be querying the candidates vying for the 33rd Congressional District as the June 5 primary election campaigns shift into high gear.

Rep. Henry Waxman, a staunchly Democratic candidate who has served in Congress since 1975, is the front-runner and earlier this month reported having more than six times as much cash to spend then his next opponent ahead of the primary.

We'll be gathering biographical information and presenting the candidates with a questionnaire to help voters understand where they stand on the issues.

The 33rd Congressional District was redrawn to reflect population changes reported in the 2010 U.S. Census and now includes Beverly Hills, cuts east to Malibu and then stretches south down the coast and includes Westwood, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes.

We're asking for your help. What questions do you want us to ask the candidates?

Here's the field for the June 5 primary with links to their campaign Web sites or Facebook page so you can get familiar with their politics:

The top two vote-getters in the June 5 primary election will advance to the Nov. 6 general election regardless of party preference or whether one candidate receives a majority of votes in the primary election. The June 5 primary election will include elections for U.S. President, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, as well as state Senate and state Assembly seats.

The winner of California's 33rd congressional race will serve a two-year term starting Jan. 3, 2013. The expansive district is heavily Democratic. Of the 430,618 registered voters, only 28 percent are Republicans.

Jim Light April 30, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I would also ask what each candidate would do to retain LA AFB at its current site in El Segundo and where they stand on national defense and the US manned space program.
Rose Bloomfield April 30, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Hi, My name is Rose Bloomfield. I'm a 24 year old honors graduate of UCSC in Cultural Anthropology. I'd like to know what the 33rd Congressional Candidates would say about the priority of sustainability, creating alternative energy systems and the role of our environment in relation to National Security, The Prison System and our rebuilding the Economy. What are the nitty gritty solutions you see in bringing a better, more congruent quality of life back to this 3rd World? The 33rd District is a special crop of beach cities, this is a uniquely beautiful, prosperous, affluent and educated district. How will you lead us to set a strong example to other districts, and states, as valuing quality of life over quantity of dollars- "earned" through taxing the most vulnerable among us like students, small business owners and lower income families...???
Dave MB May 01, 2012 at 03:43 AM
The questions that I would raise with candidates are as follows: 1. What specific attributes do you possess that will enable you to be able to move across the aisle to work with others to address the state's financial situation? 2. What role will you play, and what action steps will you recommend, to immediately address the ongoing reduction of state support for education in all segments - preK-20 - of California's educational system? 3. How often do you meet with parties outside your political beliefs or party affiliation who are not directly relevant to your immediate job demands or current operations? 4. Are you on the board of any organizations,and if so, please identify them? 5. What specifically have you done to eradicate power struggles within your own political party? 6. What steps are you prepared to use if elected to promote trust, cooperation, and innovative thinking within your won political party as wellas with others that do not share your views?
Jed Pauker May 12, 2012 at 11:55 PM
The Post Office is our country's first public service; it predates our Declaration of Independence by many decades. Our Founding Fathers knew the importance of equal access to information, giving Congress the power to establish post offices and post roads to deliver our mail. USPS is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, serving 151 million homes, businesses and PO boxes every day. From 1911 to 1967, the Post Office provided banking services. Unlike commercial banks, energy vendors and agribusinesses, USPS receives no tax dollars, supporting itself fully on postal stamps, products and services. USPS delivers nearly 40 percent of the world's mail. If it were a private company, USPS would rank 35th in the 2011 Fortune 500. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked USPS as a workforce diversity leader. USPS has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency six years in a row. USPS is the most efficient mail system in the world. USPS is the least expensive mail system in the world. Unlike broadband - available to only 60% of Americans, mail delivery is equally available and affordable to every American. While broadcast media vendors are required to provide public services, internet vendors are not. If USPS were allowed to compete service-for-service with private delivery and communications vendors, costs would vastly decrease. Do you support expanding or dismantling the U.S. Postal Service?
Jed Pauker May 13, 2012 at 12:43 AM
On a local note: Do you agree with Henry Waxman that "some post offices must be closed," or do you believe, as our country's Founders did, that equal information access should be guaranteed for all Americans in order for our democratic experiment to succeed? Do you believe that historic post offices - designed by American architects and adorned by American artists to serve democracy, and built by the hands of Americans who would otherwise have starved during our first Great Depression - should be closed and sold to the highest bidders? Or do you believe that these landmarks should continue to provide services for now and the future while reminding all who enter that this country's democratic system depends on its drive towards equal treatment and equal access for all Americans? Specifically, do you support keeping historic post offices that are threatened with closure, such as Venice's and Santa Monica's Main Post Offices, open and available to the public?

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