Congressman John Garamendi

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More than 200 Constituents Attend Congressman Garamendi’s First Town Halls in New Third District in Woodland and Marysville

February 11, 2013
Press Release

MARYSVILLE, CA – Over the weekend, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA) held two widely attended town halls in Woodland and Marysville, his first in the new 3rd Congressional District.

During the two hour town hall meeting at Woodland Community College, 80 constituents asked questions on topics ranging from school safety to strategies for bring jobs to the region. A number of UC Davis postdoctoral students, who were also in attendance, spoke up to explain how our current broken immigration system costs them thousands of dollars in unnecessary expenses and prevents many of them from pursuing citizenship.

At the Marysville town hall, a standing room only crowd of more than 130 constituents packed the Lee Burrows Centers to ask Congressman Garamendi questions focused on veterans’ care, education, water policy, and ways Congress can set aside their differences to help the country. While the town hall was originally scheduled to last two hours, given the volume of questions and larger than expected attendance, Congressman Garamendi extended the town hall an extra half hour.

“Thank you to everyone who attended. Town halls help me gauge the pulse of the district and determine what issues and policies I should be advancing in Washington,” said Congressman Garamendi. “Based on almost 40 questions, it is clear that education, research, agriculture, immigration, veterans’ issues, water policy, and job creation are among the top priorities of these communities. I will continue this dialogue and continue to advocate for our community on these issues.”

While most questions were focused on policy, Congressman Garamendi also fielded questions relating to specific casework for federal services like the Veteran’s Administration and Medicare. At the two events, Garamendi’s staff opened nine new cases, while dozens of constituents took information on services provided by the office. The Office of Congressman Garamendi operates an aggressive constituent casework program to help constituents who are having difficulties finding a satisfactory resolution with a federal agency.

Congressman Garamendi has two additional town halls scheduled on Saturday, March 9th in Clearlake and Orland. The Clearlake Oaks town hall will run from 10 am to noon at the Moose Lodge (15900 E. Highway 20). The Orland town hall will run from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Orland City Council Chambers (912 3rd Street). Congressman Garamendi’s office will also host a Veterans Fair that day from 8 am to noon at Boyd Hall (1895 Lassen Boulevard).

Since entering Congress, Garamendi has hosted more than two dozen in person and telephone town halls. He now represents the new 3rd Congressional District, which includes all or portions of Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties.