Club hosts Q & A Forum for city, county & state candidates

(Top - L to R) Lee Rodgers, Laura Molina, Star Moffatt, Steve Fox. (Bottom-L to R) Catherine and Steve Ipsen, Mario Trujillo , John Kiramis, Michael Rives

LANCASTER – A least eight candidates running for various state, county, and municipal offices have confirmed their attendance at a ‘Candidate Question & Answer’ forum, to be hosted by the Democratic Club of the High Desert (DCHD) on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Scheduled to attend are:

  1. Lee Rodgers – Candidate for Congress, 25th District
  2. Laura Molina – Candidate for Congress, 25th District
  3. Star Moffatt – Candidate for State Senate, 21st District
  4. Steve Fox – Candidate for State Assembly,36th District
  5. Mario Trujillo – Candidate for Los Angeles District Attorney
  6. Catherine Ipsen (representing Steve Ipsen) – Candidate for Los Angeles District Attorney
  7. John Kiramis – Candidate for Lancaster City Council
  8. Michael Rives – Candidate for Lancaster City Council

The Question and Answer forum, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Friendship Hall, located at 1030 West Ave L-8, Lancaster.

Each candidate will have three minutes to speak before taking three questions from the audience, said DCHD President Johnathon Ervin.

“We want to give the public the opportunity to ask questions,” said Ervin. “We just want to give people an honest open look at who the candidates are.”

Ervin said the forum is designed to expose the public to all different viewpoints, and all candidates were invited, regardless of party affiliation.

“We understand there are different viewpoints…but we will let their voices be heard, it’s a democracy,” Ervin said, adding that Lancaster City Council incumbent candidates Sandra Johnson and Ken Mann declined the invite. “We want every candidate to have an opportunity to make a pitch to the public.”

Ervin said the club will be taking notes and videotaping the event as research to determine which candidates the Democratic Club of the High Desert will be endorsing going forward.

“We will be endorsing, but not that night,” Ervin said. “This is their audition for the public… to give them information on who they are and what they stand for.”

“It is paramount that citizens get out and see what their candidates are all about and clubs like this one are doing their part to make sure the public is educated,” Ervin continued.

  41 comments for “Club hosts Q & A Forum for city, county & state candidates

  1. CKAY
    February 24, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks again Sara. The council sheep of boss shephard Rex (Johnson & Mann) who avoid debates like the plague will be glad to know you’re on your toes. You will note I mispelled shepherd just for you so that you can tell your boss you did a good job and can collect your $1.50 blog fee. And yes dear lady, if indeed you are one, I am an idiot. I must be an idiot because I have this silly belief that a town of 150,000 people should not be ruled be zealots (did I spell it correctly?). Much like the zombies who followed another shepherd in another time, who also believed they were just doing the right thing. Remember Berlin in the year 1933? No you don’t. You studied spelling, not history. Please correct my spelling so we can keep the converstastion alive, although be carefull so you won’t have refund your blog fee. Your master does not tolerate failure. the

  2. Gale P.
    February 24, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Why is Ms. Johnson and Mr. Mann ducking a debate? Avoiding questions from the public is like the council meetings they run where nobody has to explain anything.

  3. James
    February 24, 2012 at 10:20 am

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  4. CKAY
    February 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Where was Sandra Johnson & Kenn Mann? Surely, they and their political boss Rex Sheppard can’t fear little old Michael Rieves and John Karamis that much. They’re nobodies, but and old mayor/cop and a guy who keeps running for election because of his convictions. What possible harm can they inflict upon two wise and politically astute professionals like yourselves. Pray tell you’ve haven’t festered in Rex Sheppard’s pocket so long you cannot find your way home.

    What’s in your wallet?

    • Lilann
      February 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Now I have to ask, where is Sandra Johnson and Ken Mann. Do they plan on seeking election without facing questions?

    • Stinger
      February 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Indeed. Who’s in Parris’ wallet? Look for the ones who think that they are above answering to their constituents because Parris has given them an excessive political war chest of money to keep them bought off!

      REAL community servants aren’t afraid to answer the tough questions of the people they are supposed to serve. This is true no matter which party a candidate or incumbent belongs to!

      Kudos to all of the candidates who showed up to speak and take the community’s questions face to face. For shame to the cowardly Parris cabal incumbents!

  5. Palmdale_Steve
    February 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Oh Chief Inspector (Ace) Charles LaRousse Dreyfus, you’re just so smart.

    à la prochaine!

    • Palmdale_Steve
      February 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Chief Inspector (Ace) Dreyfu, do you have a favorite Gay Porn star? You know, one that you have lots and lots of their videos, or maybe the one you are head of the fan club of?

  6. Stinger
    February 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I’m no fan of P_S, but I think you are overreaching with your claim of being “threatened” with false charges to DCFS (not CPS, dolt) by P_S for your predilections towards homosexual porn.

    More proof of the inability to discern fact from fiction by “the great investigator.”

  7. Stinger
    February 22, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Sorry, Ace, the adult programming on Time Warner is a dead issue. Nobody but you give a damn about it. Get over it. You don’t want to watch it, then do what I do – don’t watch it.

    Keep your religious morality censorship to yourself.

    • Palmdale_Steve
      February 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      So Ace, are you an expert on “homosexual porn”? Do them good folks from the Child welfare monitor your obsession with this kind of Porn?

    • Stinger
      February 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Really, Ace? That’s the best that you can do? Ad Hominem shots in the dark? For shame. ;-)

      • Stinger
        February 23, 2012 at 5:23 am


        Only in the beady little mind of Ace does, “Don’t care. Don’t watch it.” = “Supporter of porn.”

        ‘The great investigator’ in action… :-)

  8. That's accurate
    February 22, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Steve Fox – The best local Dem’s have to offer.

    • CKAY
      February 22, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Are you the best your sheppard your has to offer? Blog on cup cake, you might earn enough this month to have dinner with rex!

      • Matt S
        February 24, 2012 at 10:47 am

        Cupcake? hahahahahahaha I like that one.

  9. Stinger
    February 21, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Darn shame that Ken and Sandra chickened out. Guess they can’t handle a REAL campaign… You know, one where the voters aren’t already bought and you might get asked a difficult question or two.

    • Diana_B
      February 22, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Yea? Almost sounds like a chicken blogger who hides behinds a user name while making unfounded accusatory comments. Did anyone even inquire why Ken and Sandra couldn’t make it? I only say that because they are the only two City Council candidates with jobs and businesses.

      • Stinger
        February 22, 2012 at 11:26 am

        Looks like you just earned your buck and a half from Parris. Personaly, I kinda like the idea of having someone up on the council diaz “protecting us” who ACTUALLY has experience FOR REAL – unlike your boss, Parris the liar!

        Go drink some more koolaid. You’re out of your league, Parrisite.

      • CKAY
        February 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

        Some of these sheep of Parris the sheppard belong in faccist petting zoo.

        • Sara
          February 24, 2012 at 10:55 am

          — and you belong back in elementary school, where they can teach you to spell correctly!

          • CKAY
            February 24, 2012 at 11:08 am

            Sorry Sara. I’ll repeat, that some of these sheep belonging to Parris the sheppard belong in a petting zoo for the morally challenged. I hope it’s better this time. I did not know sheep have such good eye sight.

          • Stinger
            February 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

            I see that Parris has unleashed the grammar nazis. ;-)

          • Sara
            February 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm

            Idiot! Pay close attention! It is spelled S-H-E-P-H-E-R-D. Got it?????????

            No, I don’t work for Rex. Don’t even care for the guy either, but I sure as hell am not impressed with the offerings of this group either. Every time you guys post you look like uneducated MORONS!

          • Matt S
            February 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm

            Whenever you disagree, and can’t change the debate, ALWAYS attack the spelling and grammar. Cuz that’s what’s really important! LOLOLOL

            Grammar nazissssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  10. Palmdale_Steve
    February 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Will there be Pie?

    • CKAY
      February 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Let’s hope it’s a meat pie made from the sheep owned by our mayor the sheppard. People like him eventually turn on their flock when there is no way out.

      • Maureen
        February 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm

        Hopefully pecan or dutch apple. A la mode of course.

        • Stinger
          February 21, 2012 at 7:21 pm

          Ooooh! I vote for Dutch Apple! With French Vanilla Ice Cream, too! ;-)

          • Maureen
            February 21, 2012 at 7:40 pm

            I can live with that.

    • Stinger
      February 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      I dunno, Palmdale_Steve, are you gonna bring some?.. Or are you gonna sit this one out and just toss your ‘comments’ from the sidelines again?

      • Maureen
        February 21, 2012 at 7:14 pm

        Well Stinger, how do you think he’ll be able to afford the $200,000 to ken and sandra’s campaigns? Can’t be paying living wages to the type’rs, and buy your council.

      • Palmdale_Steve
        February 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm

        Town in Texas called El Passo for me and any gathering of Democrats.

        Well unless the head of the Democratic KKK, Maxine Waters is going to show up to provide entertainment. I’d come out to see if she’s as whacked in person as she is on the tube, and to heckle that racist piece of Democratic Party excrement.

        • Stinger
          February 22, 2012 at 1:07 am

          Really? You’re trying to bring up Maxine Waters and apply that to a local candidacy forum? Kinda reaching a bit there for your BS, P_S, aren’t ya?

          BTW: Only one ‘s’ in El Paso, gringo. ;-)

          • Palmdale_Steve
            February 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm

            I thought that the local Donk machine was now an outpost of the Maxine Waters LA machine and of course on the the most powerful and racist Democrats in LA would come up to the back waters of the AV to show her support. Heck, I thought the takeover of the AVDonks of the High Desert signaled that Johnathan was part of the Maxine “machine” now.

            Come-on, show the Democratic flag in all it’s racist glory up here in the backwater of the AV with a showing of the sort of party the racist Maxine Waters represents. Two Congress Critters, three CA Assembly and a scattering of local D politicians deserve to have Maxine come up here.

          • Stinger
            February 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm

            Umm… Are you even on the same planet as the rest of us, P_S?

            What “Donk machine?” When was the last time you even heard of Maxine Waters showing up at a DCHD meeting? The only “machine” out here is the unholy threeway matrimony between the Parris/Gilly/Visco good old boys club, the AVRA, and the LBC cultists.

            Not all of the candidates speaking are Democrats, either. This is an OPEN FORUM. Even Rex’s minions, Ken and Sandra, were invited to speak at this event (that they chickened out does not take away from that offer being legitimately made).

            Seriously, P_S, fix your rectal-cranial inversion problem and join reality!

  11. That's accurate
    February 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    This is truly a fantastic representation of the best the Democrats have to offer. Johnny Boy can help each one of them sue the winners after they get their butts handed to them. Steve Fox! lol.

    • CKAY
      February 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      So tell us sheep boy, is $1.50 a blog your idea of dealing with unemployment? Its unfortunate some republicans have to show up and solicit moderate votes from democrats. But then again they don’t have the corrupt ill gotten gains from those who sold the AV for pennies on the dolar to feather their nests.

      We already know what’s in your wallet.

      • Stinger
        February 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm

        $1.50 a blog? Is that what Parris is paying these days? Wow. He’s more of a tightwad than I thought! ;-)

    • Stinger
      February 22, 2012 at 1:03 am

      By the way, INaccurate, some of the speakers are not Democrats – Republicans have been invited to speak, as well. Unlike Parris and people like Palmdale_Steve, the Democrats in the DCHD are open to REAL discussions with DIFFERENT viewpoints – you know, REAL Democracy.

      When’s the last time the AVRA invited anybody not in their little clique to speak at an open meeting?

      • Palmdale_Steve
        February 22, 2012 at 7:05 pm

        Moderated by who, you Jonathan, a Democrat?

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