Saturday: Assembly candidates to square off

Future of California public education in the face of a state budget crisis to be discussed

Three candidates for state Assembly will square off Saturday morning (May 8) about "The Future of Public Education in California" at a forum in Palo Alto.

The forum will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Palo Alto Unified School District board room, 25 Churchill Ave.

The future of education in the face of a state budget crisis has become a key issue in California.

The candidates are Josh Becker, founder of New Cycle Capital; Rich Gordon, a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors; and Yoriko Kishimoto, former Palo Alto mayor.

They are vying in a hotly contested Democratic primary race for California's 21st Assembly District to replace Ira Ruskin, who will be termed out at the end of 2010.

Greg Conlon, certified public accountant and businessman, is running unopposed in the Republican primary.

The audience will be invited to submit questions.

Sponsors include the Midpeninsula Community Media Center, the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education, the Palo Alto PTA Council and the California Charter Schools Association.

The Media Center will televise the event live on Comcast Channel 28.

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