Downtown Residential Council to Host Candidates Forums March 26th

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On March 26, 2012 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, the Downtown Residential Council (DRC) will host two candidates forums at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), located at 628 Alamitos Avenue in Downtown Long Beach. The back-to-back forums will feature candidates running for the 2nd Council District and 47th Congressional District. The forums are free, open to the public, and all Downtown residents are encouraged to attend.

The 2nd Council District forum will be held from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm with the following candidates confirmed to participate: Janet Ballantyne, Mike Kamer, and incumbent Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal.

The 47th Congressional District forum will be held from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm with the following candidates confirmed to participate: current 3rd District Councilmember Gary DeLong, Sanford Kahn, and Steven Kuykendall.

“The candidates forums are an opportunity for residents and business owners to meet the candidates and learn their views on a wide range of issues,” says Michael Vanderbeek, DRC President. “For the local forum, topics will vary from business retention, public safety, and fiscal management. On a federal level, forum topics will range from jobs, healthcare, and housing.”

The Downtown Residential Council is comprised of resident leaders from the six Downtown neighborhood associations: Promenade Area Residents Association, Ocean Residents Community Association, North Pine Neighborhood Alliance, West End Community Association, Willmore City Heritage Association, and East Village Association.

Founded in 2009, the DRC represents Downtown Long Beach residents living in the area loosely bound to the south by the ocean, to the north by Anaheim Street, to the west by the I-710 freeway, and to the east by Alamitos Avenue. The DRC serves as a forum for neighborhood associations to join together to discuss common issues of concern and work together for the benefit of all Downtown residents by making Downtown Long Beach a better place to live, work and play. The Downtown Residential Council can be found online at

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