Watch: Bloom, Butler at 'Squirm Night'

Video—featuring the 50th Assembly candidates—from Santa Monica Daily Press' candidate forum, "Squirm Night."

Click play on the video above to watch 50th Assembly candidates Betsy Butler and Richard Bloom at Santa Monica Daily Press' annual "Squirm Night."

"Both candidates have a strong history of protecting the environment and education," the local paper's publisher Ross Furukawa said in introducing the candidates.

In the 18-minute video, Editor Kevin Herrera peppered the candidates with "some squirmy" questions:

  • Should developers be compelled to use solar, electricity and other alternative forms of energy to reduce the impact of their projects? 
  • Do they support a dog beach in Santa Monica?
  • How they will vote on Propositions 30 and 38?

Bloom asked Butler about her opinion of SB 1530, a bill that would make it easier to discipline teachers accused by students of child abuse, but that she called "horrible" and "unconstitutional."

See also: Richard Bloom Grows His Campaign Contributions in Race for 50th Assembly

The two Democrats are now headed for a runoff in the Nov. 6 general election. The newly-carved 50th district includes Agoura Hills, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and Hollywood.

peter betts October 26, 2012 at 06:15 PM
The sound quality wasn't good enough to catch some things.
Jeff B. October 26, 2012 at 11:15 PM
You could see more video here: www.thetruthaboutbetsybutler.com
Pamela Conley Ulich October 27, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Just curious Jeff B. Are you affiliated with Richard Bloom's campaign?
Brenda Barnes October 29, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Richard Bloom is the absolute worst developers' lapdog ever. The thought of him in Sacramento is enough to make SM voters who've seen him in action want anyone else, even Betsy Butler, who's too conservative for most of us. We need to vote all of them who approved LUCE out, not just keep him from moving up to the Assembly. Gleam Davis, Terry O'Day this time (and Shari Davis who aligned herself with them). Then Holbrook and O'Connor next time. Enough ignoring of residents in favor of tourists and developers, plus apparently the councilmembers' own futures. Seldon, Mann, and Smith have agreed to move the Sr Center back to Ocean Ave and not to approve the Village Trailer Park or Miramar development agreements. With McKeown, that would give residents a majority on the Council. I would also like to see Merkelians be elected, since he has a real plan to make the City self-sustaining by selling renewable energy, not just talking about it the way the current Council and everyone associated with them does.
Ian S. October 30, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Well lets see i opened my PO Box today and got 6 flier ads from Richard Bloom. 5 were negative. 3 of them were accusing Betsy of protecting an accused Pedophile. Really? Are we really supposed to believe she believes pedophiles should be allowed to teach? Richard is going so negative you would think he is a republican. I got 1 positive ad telling me who he is and what he has claimed he has done. I dont really know either candidate, but i sure know because of these negative ads PAID for by "Family Farmers working for a better california" I will DEFINITELY NOT vote for Bloom. Any group called anything for a better anything is always big business billionaires or mega corps trying to get their special interests made! BS!


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