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Stark, McNerney to meet the masses

Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, who chairs the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, will speak about Medicare reform and the need for universal health care at 6 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 18th at the Conrad E. Anderson Auditoriums at 2500 Mowry Ave. in Fremont, part of Washington Hospital’s series of “Discussions on Health Care Reform.” Stark will be joined by Dr. Dan Morgan, co-chair of the hospital’s Bio-Ethics Committee; a question and answer session will follow their opening remarks.

Then, on Saturday, Stark will hold his customary round of town meetings:

  • 9 to 10 a.m. in the Ruggieri Senior Center‘s dining room, 33997 Alvarado-Niles Road in Union City;
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the San Leandro Library’s Dave Karp Senior Facility, 300 Estudillo Ave.; and
  • noon to 1 p.m. in Alameda City Hall’s Council Chambers, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.
  • And Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, will hold one of his “Congress at Your Corner” meet-and-greets from 11 a.m. to noon this Saturday at Coffee Beans & Bistro, 401 Main St. in Pleasanton, before hosting a Veterans Assistance Workshop from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 400 Hartz Ave. in Danville. The workshop will feature service providers who can aid local veterans in filing VA claims, and obtaining or replacing service medals; housing, employment and educational opportunities information will also be available.

    “Too often, the brave men and women who serve in our nation’s Armed Forces return home either unaware of the many services and benefits available to them as veterans or find it difficult to navigate the process to receive such benefits. The workshop will help veterans in our community learn about and apply for the benefits they have earned,” McNerney says.

    Josh Richman

    Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.