as the guest speaker for the 248th meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to convene
on December 15, 2014.
Peter Choi & Stephen C. Smith on "Los Angeles Election and Policy Review."
Two speakers from different political parties -- Democrat Peter Choi and Republican Stephen Smith -- will discuss their recent campaign experiences. Choi ran for State Senate against Democratic incumbent Kevin de León. Smith ran against Democratic State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez.
Tonight's program offers a conversation, sharing experiences and insights, investigating policy areas where there might be common ground and beneficial synthesis.
We will begin with five minute introductory statements from each speaker, followed by a lightly moderated conversation between them, capped by an audience Q&A.
About Peter Choi
Native Californian Peter Choi grew up in India, Egypt, Morocco, and Jamaica before returning to the U.S. for high school. He graduated with honors from Harvard University and returned to Los Angeles where he has lived for the past 30+ years.
He belongs to the Directors Guild of America (Beverly Hills, 90210, The Karate Kid) and owns Serifos, a gift shop in Silver Lake. He has served as Chairman of the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council. He is currently the CEO & president of the Temple City Chamber of Commerce.
In 2014 Peter ran for State Senate against incumbent Kevin de León, and came in second with 33.8 % of the vote.
He lives in Eagle Rock with his wife Donna, and cats Asterix and Kiki.
About Stephen C. Smith
Stephen C. Smith was born in 1949, graduated from UCLA, and has lived in Los Angeles his entire life. He married his church choir director, Andrea, from North Hollywood.
Smith's first job out of college was in a paint factory in southeast Los Angeles, mixing and eye-matching color for furniture production runs. Thirty years of his working life was behind the counter at Radio Shack. He has managed retail stores and computer centers nearly everywhere in L.A., from Slauson and Crenshaw, to East L.A. and Beverly Hills's Canon Drive. He is a choir member at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
Smith has run for Congress in California's 31st (2010) and 34th (2012) districts.