Candidates who've battled at the polls three times over the last nine months hit the final turn with two side-by-side appearances in Burbank this week.
43rd District Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and Republican rival Sunder Ramani spoke at a League of Women Voters Glendale/Burbank forum Wednesday night, and then at the Burbank Assn. of Realtors Thursday morning.
Gatto touted his work for financial reform during his four months in office representing Glendale, Burbank and parts of Los Angeles. Ramani emphasized his community roots and business background.
Ramani said he has served on more than 40 local boards over the years, including as president of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce and as a founder of the Burbank Boys & Girls Club.
"I've spent a lifetime giving and caring for the community where I have lived," Ramani said Wednesday night.
He lambasted Sacramento lawmakers for being out of touch with the business community. Politics, he told the Realtors, "is the only career I know where you can have no expertise except the ability to get elected."