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VAN NUYS, CA — On February 11th, the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council will host a debate for the two candidates seeking election in the 6th City Council District. The event will take place at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard in the Van Nuys Council Chambers starting at 7pm.

In what is being billed as one of the most interesting rematches for decades in Los Angeles City Council politics, the incumbent Councilwoman faces a former Assemblywoman for the coveted seat which represents a large portion of the mid and north Valley.

“The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is really looking forward to hosting this debate, and asking the tough questions to address the issues and concerns facing the 6th District of Los Angeles.  We are soliciting questions from the general public, and are inviting community leaders and the local media to participate as well,” said Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys & Council President George Christopher Thomas.

The two candidates on the ballot for the March 3rd election are incumbent Councilwoman Nury Martinez and former Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez.  If you would like to submit a question for the debate, please email it to or visit the Council website at  The VNNC meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6262 Van Nuys Blvd.

The Council is the governing body of the City, except as otherwise provided in the Charter, and enacts ordinances subject to the approval or veto of the Mayor. It orders elections, levies taxes, authorizes public improvements, approves contracts, and adopts traffic regulations. The Council adopts or modifies the budget proposed by the Mayor and provides the necessary funds, equipment, and supplies for the budgetary departments.

The Council confirms or rejects appointments proposed by the Mayor and prescribes duties of boards and officers not defined by Charter.  Council Members shoulder a responsibility far heavier than most citizens suspect. The average citizen’s first thought when a problem arises is to write, telephone, or visit the Council Member. The Council Member knows the district and its constituents with more intimate understanding than a more distantly elected representative, and a citizen can know the Council Member by visiting City Hall, and by attending public meetings.

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