BURBANK ? On a night when millions of Americans were waiting to find out who would win this year's "American Idol" competition, a handful of residents turned out at Burbank's Buena Vista Library to educate themselves about the candidates vying against each other in a very different type of contest.
Keith S. Parker of the UCLA Government and Community Relations Department thanked the more than 50 people attending his university's candidates' forum for the 43rd Assembly District and shunning the popular talent show's finale. Glendale City Councilman Frank Quintero, Burbank School Board member Paul Krekorian, and engineers Michael Agbaba and Steve Myers ? who all appear on the June 6 primary ballot ? turned out for the event, which focused mostly on the topic of education.
Krekorian and Quintero, who are vying for their Democratic party's nomination to the 43rd District, each saw eye to eye ? most of the time ? on education during the forum, which featured questions from the audience, with 90 seconds for each candidate to reply.