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Northwest Valley forum set for candidates in only open L.A. council race

March 2, 2011 |  9:00 am

Six candidates seeking the Los Angeles City Council seat for the Northwest San Fernando Valley are expected to attend the campaign’s fourth and final public forum on Thursday evening in Granada Hills.

In the March 8 general election, the six will compete to replace retiring Councilman Greig Smith. The race is the only one of seven council contests that does not include an incumbent.

The candidates for the open seat are Dinesh “Danny” Lakhanpal, a businessman; Kelly M. Lord Jr., a small business owner; Brad Smith (no relation to Councilman Greig Smith), a former reporter who now works in business development; Navraj “Singh” Singh, a longtime restaurant owner; Armineh Chelebian, an accountant; and Mitchell Englander, chief of staff for outgoing Councilman Smith.
 
Englander, nephew of Harvey Englander, a longtime City Hall lobbyist, has raised close to $500,000 — more than 10 times what any other candidate has amassed, city records show.

The forum is scheduled to be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at Granada Hills Charter High School, 10535 Zelzah Ave.

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