Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., the dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, will be one of the three expert panelists during the Jan. 28 Los Angeles Mayoral debate, it was announced on Monday.
The debate, which is being co-hosted by NBC Channel 4 in Los Angeles and UCLA, will be held at Royce Hall on UCLA's campus. It will be broadcast live on NBC4 from 7 to 8 p.m. and continued as a webcast from 8-8:30 p.m. on www.nbcla.com .
The debate will feature four of the major candidates confirmed thus far — City Councilman Eric Garcetti, City Controller Wendy Greuel, attorney and radio talk show host Kevin James and City Councilwoman Jan Perry. Their discussion is expected to focus on job creation, economic development, budget and tax reform, workforce development, education and overall quality-of-life-issues.
Gilliam, who also is a professor of public policy and political science, is consistently used as a political expert by numerous media outlets. To see how often Dean Gilliam is cited in various media, please visit Dean Gilliam's media page .
A limited number of free tickets to the debate are now available at www.advocacy.ucla.edu/events/forum.aspx . Additionally, a limited number of free tickets will be available to UCLA students, faculty and staff with valid ID at the campus's Central Ticket Office beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Details for the news media will be announced closer to the event date.
About the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Founded in 1994 and dedicated in 2011, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs  is a leading institution for research and scholarship in the areas of public policy, social welfare and urban planning. Based in the global metropolis of Los Angeles, UCLA Luskin develops creative solutions and innovative leaders that confront challenges in immigration, drug policy, prison reform, transportation, the environment, and other areas vital to the continued health and well-being of our global society.