The six candidates vying for three open seats on the City Council squared off Thursday in a Candidates Forum at Long Beach Library. They fielded questions from constituents that ranged from what are the top two issues the city faces, to their stand on a proposed offshore liquified natural gas station, to the prospect of a funding shortfall for the $44 million boardwalk. Other questions centered on financial plans for the coming two years, recycling, and the future of food trucks.
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Three Republican-endorsed candidates — Michael Franceschini, Janna Jachniewicz and Damian Walsh, all newcomers running as “clean slate” independents — look to wrest control of the council from the Democrats, who hold a 4-1 majority, in the at-large election Nov. 5. They face Democrat incumbents Scott Mandel, the council president who is serving a two-year term, Eileen Goggin, who was appointed to the council in February, and Anthony Eramo, another newcomer who is also a candidate for the Working Families Party.
Co-sponsored by the Long Beach League of Women Voters and the library, and moderated by the LWV's Harris Dinkoff, the forum attracted a crowd that filled the library’s second-floor auditorium.
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The West End Neighbors Civic Association will sponsor a second candidates forum at The People’s Church, 111 Delaware Ave., from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 2.