Bradley Skips Debate, Frustrates Election Foes

One mayoral candidate proposed a four-day week for city workers and another pledged to veto proposals that increase crowding in residential neighborhoods as underdog challengers debated Saturday, without Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley.

The four-day week was advocated by Leonard Miropol, a former therapist who is running as “The Conscience of Los Angeles.” The veto pledge came from former Los Angeles County Supervisor Baxter Ward, who said he would block any city legislation that has the effect of increasing density.

But the candidate who spoke strongest of the issue most troubling to the challengers was Los Angeles City Councilman Nate Holden, who attacked the mayor for avoiding debates.


“Why should we be ignored by the mayor?” Holden asked during the debate in Van Nuys. “Why should he be permitted to ignore us? TV cameras should be here photographing that empty chair. . . .”

The three candidates spoke to an audience of about 35 at a forum was sponsored by a group of San Fernando Valley homeowner and community organizations.