The standoff between Supervisor Linda Parks and Assemblywoman Audra Strickland continues, as multiple opportunities to debate have fallen by the wayside.
The most recent chance to debate would have been May 28th, the date set by Strickland in response to Parks' debate challenge:
The two-term incumbent asked Strickland to name a date she would be available, saying her only conditions are that the event be in the district, free to the public and taped for broadcast.
On Friday, Strickland's team released this:
Meeting all of Parks' challenge parameters, the debate will be held at Thousand Oaks City Hall and will be hosted by the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Association (TOBA). Rick Lemmo, President of TOBA, will moderate the debate. The debate will be taped and made available on Time Warner Cable Video On Demand Channel 1 prior to the June 8th primary.
That meets all the requirements for Parks' public challenge. I wrote this Friday:
I'd expect Parks to agree to the time and location of the debate--it would expose her to criticism if she issued a challenge and then backed down from it.
I attempted to reach the supervisor a few days ago asking what she intended to do about the debate but she hasn't responded as of this writing. However, Strickland's campaign reports that Parks is declining the opportunity, and the Assemblywoman released this statement [continue reading]