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Submit the tough questions you want L.A. candidates to answer before election day

January 25, 2011 | 11:08 am

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Talk back L.A.L.A. Now readers have posed some smart questions for local candidates on the March ballot. And there is still time for you to submit quieries before The Times submits questionnaires to candidates.

Here are some of the questions submitted by readers:

-- How would you propose that the City of Los Angeles deal with its overwhelming future pension liabilities?

-- How much will medical marijuana produce in tax revenue for the city of L.A.?

-- How do you justify giving taxpayer money to people not here legally?

-- Will you allow (Staples Center/L.A. Live owner) AEG to be the de facto leader of L.A., and do whatever they please?

-- What will you do to encourage the growth of the creative economy in L.A.?

-- What are you going to do to keep crime down?

On March 8, Los Angeles voters will be asked to pick from a raft of candidates to fill seven City Council seats and four each on the city school and community college boards.

Ten ballot measures will also ask, among other things, if voters want to tax oil producers and medical marijuana dispensaries, increase funding to city libraries, alter police and firefighter pensions and establish an independent ratepayer advocate at the Department of Water and Power.

The city clerk's website contains links to the certified list of the 52 candidates, a summary of the ballot measures as well as details on how to register to vote.

Please submit your questions below by Wednesday evening.

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times

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