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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 5:00 am | Updated: 8:44 am, Tue Dec 11, 2012.

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - In May, Los Angeles Downtown News published the first Super Fantastic Mayor’s Race Quiz. A lot has happened since then: People have raised gobs of money. A couple prospective candidates opted not to run. A president has been re-elected. A few members of the public realized that there will be a mayoral vote in March 2013.

All the action makes this the perfect time to check again into how much Angelenos know about the men and women who hope to occupy the Spring Street aerie come July 1, 2013. Remember, even though there are correct responses, there are no wrong answers — any errors should be spun as a “learning experience.”

One point for each correct answer.

1) When Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky announced in August that he would not run for mayor, the remaining candidates:

a) thanked their lucky stars

b) partied like it’s 1999

c) said to the genie, “You really can make any wish come true!”

d) freaked out, realizing they may actually have to run L.A.

e) all of the above

2) When mall master Rick Caruso announced in October that he would not run for mayor, the remaining candidates:

a) breathed a sigh of relief

b) started making plans to woo the business community

c) said to the genie, “I have one more wish, right?”

d) all of the above

3) Caruso today is (pick all that apply):

a) rich! Rich! Rich!

b) wondering what he was thinking by pondering running a deeply dysfunctional city

c) tired of fielding all the “Can I meet with you to discuss an endorsement?” requests

d) trying to figure out where at The Grove a genie could go on display

4) Which event did not cause Wendy Greuel to send out an email to supporters asking for money?

a) August 2012 arrived

b) the end of the September 2012 filing period was 11 hours away

c) a Super PAC was established on behalf of Republican candidate Kevin James

d) USC played UCLA in football

e) Wendy got a new puppy

f) the 2013 mayoral election was exactly one year away

g) the 2013 mayoral election was exactly 100 days away

5) Wow, did Greuel really send out pleas for money for all of those events, including the fact that USC played UCLA in football?

a) yes

b) no

6) Match the candidate with the description from their appearance at the Highland Park Veterans Day Parade.

a) Eric Garcetti

b) Wendy Greuel

c) Kevin James

d) Jan Perry

1) had people running along the route handing out campaign paraphernalia

2) dressed to the nines in military gear while riding in a classic car

3) showed off a fetching new hairstyle and sat alongside a charming child

4) was not part of the parade

7) Which of the below has Kevin James not done?

a) worked as an assistant U.S. attorney

b) represented Jennifer Aniston while working as an entertainment attorney

c) starred in the Kevin James flop Here Comes the Boom

d) chaired AIDS Project Los Angeles

e) pooh pooed the city’s agreement with AEG for a Downtown football stadium

f) gotten the stuffing ripped out of him by Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball”

8) If you wanted to send a postcard to the “Kevin James for Mayor 2013” campaign, according to his website, to which city would you mail it?

a) Los Angeles

b) Long Beach

c) Margaritaville

9) Kevin James seriously thinks he has a shot at winning this thing:

a) True

b) False

10) Match the candidate with their high-profile endorsements:

a) Eric Garcetti

b) Wendy Greuel

c) Kevin James

d) Jan Perry

1) former District Attorney Steve Cooley

2) Councilman Bernard Parks; Congresswoman Maxine Waters

3) Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley; Gov. Howard Dean

4) the Dreamworks triumverate of Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg & David Geffen; Sen. Barbara Boxer

11) Which two candidates were once cheerleaders (high school or college)?

a) Eric Garcetti

b) Wendy Greuel

c) Kevin James

d) Jan Perry

12) Which of the following things about Eric Garcetti is not true?

a) he writes songs on the piano

b) he’s a Rhodes scholar

c) he reached the $200,000 fundraising level in 12 days, faster than anyone else in the race

d) he’s lived in a home featured in Dwell magazine

e) he is the very model of a modern major general

13) Which of the following did Garcetti tweet or retweet?

a) Dec. 3: “Will and Kate are having a baby! Oh yeah, BTW there is a mayoral election in 92 days here in LA.”

b) Dec. 1: “End it like Beckham! @lagalaxy #LAWorldChamps”

c) Nov. 26: “We’ve got 2 big ‪#CyberMonday deals! $32 for $64 premium sheets & $499 for $999 luxury mattress sets” [originally posted by Sit ’n Sleep]

d) all of the above

e) none of the above

14) Emanuel Pleitez (pick all that apply):

a) is also running for mayor and really wants you to take him seriously

b) who’s Emanuel Pleitez?

c) We now return you to our regularly scheduled quiz

15) To date, the polls released about the mayor’s race:

a) show a firm lead for Garcetti

b) show Greuel in command

c) show Perry well positioned

d) show James likely to capitalize on his “outsider” status

e) are a bunch of malarkey because we’re still three months from election day and only a small percentage of the voting population is paying attention

f) did I just use the word malarkey? What is this, 1946?

16) Which candidate is actively seeking the endorsement of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa?

a) crickets

b) more crickets

c) even more crickets

17) Which of the following about Jan Perry is not true?

a) she worked as chief of staff for a Downtown councilwoman, Rita Walters, who, unlike Perry, opposed the building of Staples Center

b) City Attorney Carmen Trutanich once threatened to throw her in the pokey

c) she’s Jewish

d) she grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland

e) she is also the very model of a modern major general

18) AEG hosted a fundraiser for Jan Perry at L.A. Live last week. That sound you heard was (pick all that apply):

a) ka-ching!

b) we’re in the money/We’re in the money/We’ve got a lot of what it takes to get along!

c) thank you Tim Leiweke!


19) Who is the next mayor of Los Angeles?

a) Eric Garcetti

b) Wendy Greuel

c) Kevin James

d) Jan Perry

e) You have no idea, and neither does anyone else right now

Answer Key: 1) e; 2) d; 3) a, b, c and d; 4) e; 5) a; 6) a-2, b-3, c-1, d-4; 7) c; 8) b; 9) a; 10) a-3, b-4, c-1, d-2; 11) b and c; 12) e; 13) d; 14) a, b and c; 15) e; bonus point for also picking f; 16) a, b or c; 17) e; 18) a, b and c; 19) e

Results: 0-9: We do vote to pick a mayor. You know that, right?

10-17: You’re the type of undecided voter who will swing the race, and all those mailers and TV ads and billboards are targeting you! Yes, you!

18-25: At least someone bothers to still read newspapers and political websites.

26-33 (or 34 with the bonus point): Have you thought about running for office?

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  • YJ Draiman posted at 10:36 pm on Mon, Dec 31, 2012.

    Draiman for Mayor Posts: 4

    The Ethics of Governance – YJ Draiman
    When we have a set of principles, of values, which we have been learning for many years, we organize our life following this structure, and then we try to apply that frame of mind to practical situations in our life. But often, we find ourselves in a sort of uncomfortable position because the moment we try to apply our values to this very present practical issue, we feel that the situation is not as clear as we would like, that we can not tell very clearly which is the best possible alternative. Often, it is not a choice between good answers and bad answers, good and evil, but maybe between two good things or two bad things. We would like to be much surer about our decisions.
    When this happens in government, it is even worse because the whole society and beyond is affected by your decision. You are not dealing with your own life. You are dealing with many millions of lives at the same time. Maybe things will never be the same again in the future because of your decision. Hence, ethical decisions in government are; How do you apply your theoretical values to practical decisions where you do not have pure answers and when the whole life of your society or community will be affected?

    You have more or less the same system dealing with the problems in government. You need all the facts. The facts can be the symptoms or the problem. You never know which is it at the instant you start analyzing the problem. Thus, you get the facts, and afterwards you try to make some sense of them. You have some theories or hypothesis of what is causing the symptoms. In addition, you try to implement the course of action. Only after you have consulted with your advisers, you want to have as much input as possible.
    You also have to deal with the problem in ethical terms. The ethical approach is the Utilitarian. You have to balance how much good and how much evil you produce with your actions. If the good outweighs the evil, you should do it, as it is a sort of balance. The second is based on the concept of rights. There are some basic human rights that you have to respect. You are not allowed to affect those human rights in order to produce positive affect in your society. The third one is founded, on the concept of justice or fairness. We have at least three different concepts about justice. You can have distributive justice in which you try to distribute all the goods of the society according to the needs of the people. However, you can also have the concept of contribution. In this case, you are not receiving on the base of what you need but on the base of what you are contributing to society. In addition, you have the compensation concept. In this circumstance, you have the right for compensation if you have losses or harm done due to others. The fourth major ethical approach is a foundation on virtues. The question is not what I should do, but what kind of society would I like to have in the future. How are my actions going to contribute to that future? In addition, you have the common good, the concept in which you are doing things that are equally good for everybody in your community.

    YJ Draiman

  • YJ Draiman posted at 10:33 pm on Mon, Dec 31, 2012.

    Draiman for Mayor Posts: 4

    Are Hoodwinked Angelenos electing failed leaders in 2013?

    Who is qualified to be the next mayor of Los Angeles 2013? – I submit: None of the current three elected officials!

    Any of the current three elected officials at LA City Hall who are running, who have been in LA City Hall for the past 12 years, do not qualify to be the Mayor of LA. Their past poor performance, their contribution to the current state of affairs is reprehensible. The current three elected officials, who are running, do not deserve to be reelected again for any position in LA City Hall and especially to the position of Mayor in the city of Los Angeles. It would be a travesty if any one of them win the election.

    I hope and trust that the people of LA are not as gullible as the current three mayoral candidates who are current elected officials presume. They are counting on fooling the people again. How many times do us Angelenos need to be beaten over the head to declare enough is enough; the corruptions and special favors are over, we are exercising are voting power and we are taking our city back.

    It is time for the voters of LA to elect a person who cares about the people of this great city of Los Angeles (a city with a population of about 4 million people and 465 square miles). The current three elected officials at city hall have abused their position; they have failed the people of Los Angeles, being in city hall for the past 12 years is enough of failed governance.

    The current three elected officials at LA city hall should get a verbal lynching for their performance. The City of Los Angeles is in its worst condition in this century. The cause of this despicable condition is the product of the current administration.

    It is time to break down the political machine in LA; No more business as usual; the buck stops on Election Day, March 5, 2013 and May 21, 2013 for those who need the additional boost.

    It is time to elect officials who truly care about the people and the city of LA, officials who exercise their elected position for the good of the people of LA, “not what is in it for me”.

    The masses of people in Los Angeles outnumber the special interests groups’ voters at least 8-2. If we all register and vote, we can take back our government. If the voters remain apathetic and refrain from voting, the consequences will be the total collapse of LA City and its government, financially and economically.

    Let us elect a new breed of leaders who represent all the people of Los Angeles, not just the select few. We have an opportunity to replace about 70% of LA City Hall.

    Let us unify and vote the current administration out of office.

    I repeat; Power to the people!

    YJ Draiman