LONG BEACH — Candidates for mayor will face off in their first major debate today at California State University, Long Beach.
The debate begins at 8 p.m. in the 500-seat University Theatre. Although most of the seats have already been claimed, some tickets may be available at the door, said Ed Twining Jr., president of the sponsoring Long Beach Junior Chamber of Commerce.
It will be broadcast live on both Simmons Cable's Channel 3, which airs community programs, and the university's Channel 25. Paul Berg, director of programming, said the debate will be rebroadcast nine times on Channel 3 during the next three weeks.
The debate marks the first joint appearance of all candidates seeking to become the city's first full-time, paid mayor. Filing closed Thursday for the April 12 primary election.