Meet the Candidates: District 3 Supervisorial Forum

In coordination with the Los Angeles Business Council and the Century City Chamber of Commerce, UCLA is hosting a candidate forum for the Los Angeles County 3rd Supervisorial District to replace outgoing representative, Zev Yaroslavsky.

Candidates Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver will explain their positions on matters crucial to the region focusing on transportation and economic development as it relates to the Westside.

UCLA is in the heart of the 3rd District and one of these candidates will be making many decisions that affect our transportation systems, law enforcement, healthcare, taxes and land development. The powerful, five-member Board of Supervisors represents 10 million people, oversees 88 cities, and controls a budget of roughly $25 billion. The 3rd district covers the western part of Los Angeles County, including the Westside and the Santa Monica Mountains to the Ventura County line, the San Fernando Valley and east to Atwater Village.

3rd District Supervisorial Candidate Forum

Tuesday, September 16

Registration 6:45 p.m. | Program 7:00 p.m.




Macgowan Hall, Freud Playhouse, UCLA Campus
245 Charles E Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Light refreshments will be provided. For inquiries, please call (310) 794-6805.


We’ll be live tweeting the event on our Twitter account, @bruincaucus. Join the conversation by using the hashtag to ask questions.

District 3 Supervisorial Candidates: 


Sheila James Kuehl served for eight years in the California State Senate and six years in the State Assembly. She represented over a million people on the westside of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley in a district that Sheila_Kuehl_Bioran from the ocean to Hollywood and Westlake Village to Universal City. In 2008, she left the legislature under California’s term limits statute.

She currently serves as Founding Director of the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College, an institute devoted to undergraduate and community education and the exploration of public policy at the local level. In the Spring of 2012, she was appointed Regents’ Professor of Public Policy at UCLA, and taught a class for graduates and undergraduates on the role of law and regulation in the formation of public policy. She has produced and moderated two television series for the City of West Hollywood, drafted a Model State Code on Discrimination and Bullying and another on Marriage for the Williams Institute at the UCLA Law School and consulted with Planned Parenthood and others on a variety of public policy issues.

 She was the first woman in California history to be named Speaker pro Tempore of the Assembly and the first openly gay or lesbian person to be elected to the California Legislature. A former pioneering civil rights attorney and law professor, Sen. Kuehl chaired the Judiciary Committee in the Assembly and both the Natural Resources and Water Committee and the Health Committee in the State Senate. She was a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committees in both houses, chaired the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Energy, and sat as a member on virtually every committee in both houses.

 In her fourteen years in the State Legislature, Sen. Kuehl authored 171 bills that were signed into law, including legislation to establish paid family leave, establish the rights contained in Roe vs. Wade in California statute, overhaul California’s child support services system; establish nurse to patient ratios in every hospital; require that housing developments of more than 500 units have identified sources of water; further protect domestic violence victims and their children; prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender and disability in the workplace and sexual orientation in education; increase the rights of crime victims; safeguard the environment and drinking water; and many, many others. She led the fight in the legislature to achieve true universal health care in California.

 She was selected to address two Democratic National Conventions on the issue of family violence and the issue of diversity. George magazine selected her as one of the 20 most fascinating women in politics and the California Journal named her “Rookie of the Year.” In two successive sessions, the California Journal chose her as the Assembly member with the greatest intelligence and the most integrity and Capitol Weekly named her the most intelligent member of the Legislature. 

Prior to her election to the Legislature, Senator Kuehl drafted and fought to get into California law more than 40 pieces of legislation relating to children, families, women, and domestic violence. She was a law professor at Loyola, UCLA and USC Law Schools and co-founded and served as managing attorney of the California Women’s Law Center.

Senator Kuehl graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978 where she was the second woman in the school’s history to win the Moot Court competition. She served on the Harvard University Board of Overseers from 1998 to 2005. She received her undergraduate degree at UCLA.

In her youth, she was known for her portrayal of the irrepressible Zelda Gilroy in the television series, “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” as well as the role of Jackie Erwin on TV’s first filmed series, “Trouble With Father.”


Robert (Bobby) Sargent Shriver III was born in Chicago in 1954.  He is the oldest child of R. Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver.  After graduating cum laude from Yale, Shriver began a career as a journalist.  He left the newspaper business to attend Yale Law School.  Upon graduation in 1981, he returned to Southern California to clerk for Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt at the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. After his clerkship, Shriver moved to New York and worked in finance.

In 1987, Shriver co-produced the first of nine A Very Special Christmas records. These projects have raised more than $100 million to support Special Olympics organizations around the world.

In 1999, Shriver joined with Bono to convince the U.S. President and Congress to cancel debt of the poorest nations.  In 2002, President George W. Bush proposed $15 billion in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  The debt-relief successes in Washington enabled Bono and Shriver to found DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) and eventually the ONE Campaign to build grassroots support for calling for the U.S. and all G8 governments to help Africans fight AIDS and extreme poverty.

In 2006, Bono and Shriver founded PRODUCT (RED) to fight the Africa AIDS epidemic.  Each time someone buys a (RED) product, up to 50% of the gross profit goes to The Global Fund, which—like PEPFAR—provides AIDS medicine funding—so far, $250 million—to African countries based on proven results.

In 2001 Governor Davis appointed Shriver to the California State Park and Recreation Commission.  As Chairman, he fought against a six-lane toll road that would have decimated San Onofre State Beach and Trestles surf break.  He won and protected one of our most pristine coastlines.  He helped create two state parks near downtown Los Angeles.

In 2004 Shriver was elected to the Santa Monica City Council by the highest percentage of voters in that city’s 120-year history. While a councilmember, he worked to balance every budget and helped retain the city’s AAA bond rating.  Shriver also served as Mayor in 2010 and continued his leadership to create housing and services for homeless people, particularly veterans.  Shriver spearheaded the effort to clean up Santa Monica Bay so that kids no longer get sick when they swim there.  He also worked to support restaurants and other small businesses to create jobs and championed the living wage for hotel workers.  He led the renovation and preservation of the Annenberg Community Beach House and helped to secure the $27.5 million given by the Annenberg Foundation.

He lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife Malissa Feruzzi and daughters Natasha and Rosemary.


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