Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Congressman Garamendi Active in Livermore, Orinda, Pleasant Hill Last Week

September 1, 2010
Press Release

On Monday, August 23rd, Congressman Garamendi conducted an Orinda small business tour and a town hall in Pleasant Hill. On Thursday, August 26th, he visited a number of businesses in Livermore. During the month of August, Congressman Garamendi held more than two dozen public appearances in the 10th Congressional District. Below are some photographic highlights. 

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The first business Congressman Garamendi visited on his Orinda small business walking tour was Trattoria Lupetti, an Italian restaurant. There Garamendi learned about the businesses' difficulties in obtaining affordable health care. Garamendi was proud to support health care reform this year and continues to support bills that improve affordability and access.

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The next stop on Congressman Garamendi's Orinda small business walking tour was Republic of Cake. There, the owners alerted the Congressman on their difficulties acquiring a small business loan. Garamendi has been a passionate advocate for small business credit access.

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Joining Orinda city council members and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Garamendi walks from the Republic of Cake to Casa Orinda.

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After chatting with the owner of Casa Orinda, the oldest continually operating restaurant in Contra Costa County, Garamendi joined local business owners at Casa Orinda for an open discussion on the needs and priorities of small business owners in Orinda.

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After concluding the small business strategy session at Casa Orinda, Garamendi traveled to Pleasant Hill to host his 15th in-person town hall. Before an overflowing crowd, Garamendi fielded questions on the economy, health care, BART, and other issues of concern to area residents.

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During Congressman Garamendi's tour of Livermore businesses, his first stop was U.S. Foodservice, a major nationwide food distributor leading the way in green business practices. After a meeting with company executives, Garamendi invited 150 employees to an in-house town hall.

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Garamendi then traveled to Concannon Vineyard where he delivered the keynote address at a Livermore Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Garamendi's remarks focused on the importance of bringing manufacturing jobs back to America.

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At a tour of Comcast's Northern California headquarters, Garamendi learned about the latest technology and trends in telecommunications.

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Following the Comcast tour, Garamendi traveled to one of Livermore's most promising small businesses. Cool Earth Solar anticipates installing its first solar farm in California next year, putting area residents to work in the research, manufacturing, installation, and ongoing maintenance of cutting edge solar technology.

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Garamendi concluded his day in Livermore with a visit to the Metal Improvement Company, producers of laser peening technology that significantly prolongs the lifecycle of aircraft wings, engine blades, expensive metal goods. Garamendi was especially interested in the technology's potential ability to reduce defense budget costs.