Reminder: L.A. Mayoral Debate/Town Hall at USC Galen Center on May 5

May 3, 2013

What: The USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and Los Angeles Times are co-hosting a mayoral debate and town hall with City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel. Media partner KTLA 5 will air the debate live and commercial free from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Other media are invited to cover the debate.

The debate and town hall will be live streamed and

Community sponsors of the debate are the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation and the Junior State of America.

WHO: The first part of the debate between City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel will be moderated by Dan Schnur, director of the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and Jim Newton, LA Times Opinion editor-at-large and columnist. The candidates will then answer questions from students and community members.

The L.A. Mayoral Debate 2013 will include introductions by Tom Sayles, USC senior vice president for university relations, and Eddy Hartenstein, LA Times publisher and CEO.

WHEN: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 (NO ADMITTANCE AFTER 5:00 PM)

WHERE: USC Galen Center, Founders Room
3400 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Map and directions here:

Media are strongly encouraged to arrive by 4:30 p.m. to allow ample time for parking, check-in and set-up inside the auditorium. Space for media is limited and RSVPs are required. Doors will close promptly at 5:00 p.m. and all media must be in place by that time – no exceptions. As this is a live broadcast, re-entry will not be allowed.

Since KTLA 5 is exclusively airing this debate live, no other media is permitted to carry any live video or audio of the debate. Other media can broadcast portions of the debate, not to exceed two minutes, within the 24 hours following the event. KTLA 5 and will live stream the event, but all other online use of live video is prohibited. KTLA 5 can provide video for broadcast use, provided it is marked “courtesy of KTLA 5.” A mult-box will also be available for radio stations.

All media must bring valid press credentials in order to cover the debate. Photographers and camera operators should be prepared to capture images of the debate from the back of the auditorium, although there will be an opportunity to move and film or take photographs near the stage at the end of the debate. No flash photography is allowed during the debate.

News vans will be able to park in the inlet on Jefferson Blvd. north of the USC Galen Center, but will not be permitted to run wires on the Jefferson Blvd. sidewalk.

Limited parking will be available for media in passenger vehicles in Parking Structure 2 (PS2) just south of the USC Galen Center.


Space is limited. Media RSVP to Suzanne Wu at