Jerry Brown has agreed to participate in three debates against gubernatorial challenger Meg Whitman: A UC Davis event on Sept. 28, a Fresno matchup on Oct. 2 and an Oct. 12 debate in San Rafael.
If you are wondering why Los Angeles — or anywhere in Southern California — is getting short shrift, you are not alone.
Brown, in fact, originally called for 10 debates, highly unlikely now, but is asking Whitman for at least an additional forum in the City of Angels, which leans the left.
“I call on my opponent to stop ignoring Los Angeles, and give voters in that important region a chance to see and participate in a debate as well,” Brown said in a statement.
Whitman’s team says it makes no difference given that the debates will be shown statewide, including the Fresno event, which will be co-produced by Univision Television Group. (Haim Saban, whose company controls Univision, is a prolific Democratic donor but has given to both candidates.)
While the industry has showered support on Brown, Whitman has drawn the backing of such figures as Terry Semel, Harry Sloan, Michael Lynton and Michael Ovitz. Susan Lyne, formerly entertainment chief at ABC, recently gave her $1,000. Universal’s Ron Meyer recent gave $5,000 to Brown, and Nancy Sinatra gave $1,000 to his campaign.