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Torie Osborn Gets Endorsement at Assembly Candidates Forum

Democratic candidates vying to represent the 50th Assembly District met for a forum in Malibu Sunday.

won the endorsement of the Malibu Democratic Club, which hosted a Sunday for the three Democrats competing to represent the .

Redistricting has placed Beverly Hills in AD50 for the November 2012 election.

A political veteran, Torie Osborn beat out Assemblywoman  and Santa Monica Mayor  to get the club's endorsement. 

Check out what happened during the forum in the updates below, which were originally posted on out sister site .

1:55 p.m. The endorsement went to Osborn, who got 41 votes. She was followed by "No Endorsement" with 13 votes. Butler received 5 and Boom received 0. 

1:37 p.m. The concluding statements have been made. Next up is the counting of ballots for the club endorsement.

1:35 p.m. The candidates are making their concluding statements. Be sure to read the article on this forum that will appear on various Patch sites by Monday morning.

1:20 p.m. The candidates were asked what they feel about the death penalty. Osborn and Butler say they support abolition. Bloom says he supports death penalty reform, but supports its use in some cases, including when mass murder is committed.

1:15 p.m. The next question is about the . Butler says she believes in science. She says, "I want to commit a lot of time to find out which answer is the best." She says she has heard conflicting information: "I am not a scientist, but I will check with the people who do know." 

Bloom, who is the chair of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, which is involved in the project, says he supports it. He says he understands some people disagree, but that at some point you have to move on. He notes several environmental groups who support the project and that a superior court judge rejected a lawsuit against it. Several people booed after the statement. Malibu Democratic Club President Jean Goodman says people need to be respectful.

Osborn says the science on the project is old and it is not clear what the budget for it is. She says the project is not transparent. She says she will be standing in the way if the bulldozers come to start the project in June.

1:10 p.m. The next question is to comment on the Malibu Pier. Everybody loves the pier. There are a few rolling eyes in the room about these vague questions. There are about 80 people in the room.

1:08 p.m.  Butler says more of a sheriff's presence is needed on the highway. She says, "it takes a lot of money" to slow PCH, and she is an advocate of that. Bloom says PCH has some safety issues and that the most important thing for safety is to slow the highway down: "You have to have political will to make these things happen."

1:07 p.m. The question up now is "Would you please comment on the Pacific Coast Highway?" Lots of laughter about the vague question.

1:02 p.m. Butler says education is a priority, but cuts have to be made if the budget decreases. Bloom says cuts are unacceptable, but there is not enough revenue in the state. He says money is needed to support education and to create jobs for the parents of the students who are in poverty. Osborn says "we need fiscal sanity" and people must support at least some of the tax measures that could appear on the ballot in November. She says education will be her No. 1 priority, specifically higher education.

1 p.m. Questions are about to begin. The first question is whether candidates support cuts for K-12 or higher education.

12:45 p.m. The candidates are doing their introductions.

12:35 p.m. There is already controversy before the forum has begun. Malibu City Councilwoman Pamela Conley Ulich says many Malibu residents will not be able to vote on the endorsement because they did not pay dues as club members at least 30 days before today, which is required by the bylaws. She said many of the people who will be voting today are not Malibu residents. She believes they are mostly from Santa Monica.

She asked Malibu residents to raise their hands; only about half the people in the room raised their hands.

"This will not be a Malibu endorsement, it's a Santa Monica endorsement," she told Malibu Patch during the break.

12:25 p.m. Malibu Democratic Club President Jean Goodman is going over the ground rules for the forum. It will last one hour. All questions will be presented to the three candidates, so each person will get a chance to answer. Club members will vote on an endorsement following the forum. It will begin at about 12:35 p.m.

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Marta Evry January 09, 2012 at 02:25 AM
You might be interested to know that after the forum was over, I overheard Councilwoman Ulich tell Osborn she decided to switch her support from Butler once she had an opportunity to hear all the candidates speak.
Tom Pease January 09, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I would call that a ringing endorsement!
Pamela Conley Ulich January 09, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Even if this wasn't a true Malibu vote, I was very impressed with the candidates. The democratic party is lucky to have dedicated people like Torie, Betsey and Richard, who are willing to serve and sacrifice for others to make Malibu, our district and California better. Thank you for taking the time to share your views and vision with us today. I wish you all the very best. You are all winners regardless of the outcome of the election.
Marcia Hanscom January 09, 2012 at 04:14 AM
I'm not sure I agree with Councilmember Ulich on the question as to whether or not it was a Malibu vote. I was surrounded by at least a dozen residents of Malibu -- and they all told me they voted for Torie Osborn. Some of them were long-time members of the Malibu Democratic Club; some were new members who joined a couple of months ago.
Marcia Hanscom January 09, 2012 at 04:17 AM
If true, I can understand why. Torie is the sort of candidate that only comes around once in a blue moon. She really GETS that she would be representing the PEOPLE.
Ann Salisbury January 09, 2012 at 04:44 AM
If 80 people were in the room, as the writer said, then many people did not vote. Unless someone interviewed each person who voted to determine their residence it is unfair to claim that the vote was dominated by those outside the district. If voters had to be members 30 days ago to vote, that seems fair to me. Otherwise, anyone could show up from anywhere TODAY, member or nonmember, and hijack the club's endorsement. Meanwhile, I believe that people who work in Malibu or own property in Malibu or who are registered to vote in Malibu, regardless of their exact address, should be entitled to vote. After all, not all City Council members actually live within the Malibu city limits, I understand. So Pam Ulick maybe should first look at the City Council before wanting to rewrite the Democratic Club bylaws. Seems to me there is good reason to have written those bylaws the way they were written.
Ann Salisbury January 09, 2012 at 06:24 AM
Since 13 votes were undecided, then only 14 votes were required to gain endorsement. Since Bloom got zero votes and Butler got only five, if you total all non-Osborn votes, you get 18 votes. Do you think that in that room of 80 people or more, there were only 18 voters who had been Demo Club members for more than six weeks? Sounds like sour grapes to me. Osborn was well prepared and addressed issues close to the hearts of devoted Malibu residents. She did her homework. She deserved the endorsement.
AJ Willmer January 09, 2012 at 04:36 PM
A well deserved Malibu endorsement for Torie Osborn. She has the support of so many whose opinions I respect, and she has my full endorsement. There are many areas that I expect her leadership to be exemplary, but I am particularly optimistic about her support (and open mindedness on change) for public education.
Lester Aponte January 10, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I was at the forum in Malibu on Sunday, as well as the endorsement meeting last night in Van Nuys where a coalition 27 Democratic Clubs in the SFV also chose to endorse Torie Osborn. There were not 40 people at the Malibu forum who were "bought" by Torie's campaign. Do you really think a campaign can "buy" a supporter for $25? What happened is simple. Torie is a longtime resident and activist in the 50th District and the crowd was wowed by Tories' eloquence and passion and her understanding of the issues they care about in Malibu. Malibu City councilman Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner chose to endorse her right after hearing her speak at the forum. I am sure it was not because someone paid a club membership for him. It is completely unnecessary and, frankly, childish to descend to these accusations in a race between two such clearly qualified candidates. Let's stick to issues and vision and let the people decide.
Marie Cunningham (Editor) January 11, 2012 at 07:13 AM
Torie Osborn has also received an endorsement from the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley: http://patch.com/A-qc4C
The Man The Myth A Legend in his own Mind February 01, 2012 at 10:05 PM
The Beverly Hills City is now part of the newly formed 50th Assembly District. Torie Osborn, Betsy Butler, and Richard Bioom are the candidates that are in the race. “TORIE OSBORN WILL BE ANOINTED" Bloom might have become a contender. When he made a deal with the devil joining with the developers, he became every woman’s man and every man’s woman and all of his credibility is gone. He is delusional though in thinking the rank and file of Santa Monicans love him. There is a certain reminder of Muammar Gaddafi here, and he sure did receive the full measure of his people’s love. Legislatively, Bloom will deserve the same judgment. This will be a prelude to Bloom’s‘Last Hurrah.’ The political graveyard is filled with hypocrites.” The facts speak for themselves. Santa Monica Mayor Bloom was compelled to moved out of West Hollywood. Bloom got no love from West Hollywood or any other Democratic Club for the simple reason of his known record.He was appointed as Mayor of Santa Monica by other Council Members like him that used his voting position to reward developers that donated thousands of dollars towards his election. If they quack like a Duck then they are a Duck. That being said, Bloom is quacking as loudly as he can.

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