Voters who expected a knock-down, drag-out confrontation at the first City Council candidates' forum were in for a disappointment Wednesday night.
Seven scenarios were posited by the Government Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the televised forum in the City Council Chambers, with one to four questions per scenario. Candidates had two minutes to respond regardless of the number of questions and some were left unanswered.
"The questions were designed to draw out their philosophical differences," said committee member Norm Grossman. "I personally don't like 'gotcha' questions and ours were not designed to make anyone look bad — or good for that matter. They were based on issues important to the business community."
Challenger Emanuel Patrascu, who is on leave of absence from the chamber board, parted company with incumbents Kelly Boyd, Elizabeth Pearson and Toni Iseman on Question 5: the council's handling of the homeless population in Laguna and the establishment of the alternative sleeping site.