Garamendi brings ‘listening tour’ to CD10

Lt. Gov. John Garamendi brought his “listening tour” to Las Positas College in Livermore today, talking with students and faculty about the importance of community colleges in educating our future workforce and retraining unemployed Californians.

Garamendi has made such visits before – I see he was at CSU Northridge in February – but I’m sure it’s not lost on anyone that Las Positas falls within the 10th Congressional District, where Garamendi recently declared he’ll be a special-election candidate to replace Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, if she’s confirmed to the State Department post to which she has been nominated.

So it’s just happy coincidence that Garamendi got to spend some quality time with an auditorium potentially packed with CD10 voters (though in fairness, I’m sure many Las Positas students live in Jerry McNerney’s CD11), blasting recent higher-education cuts and tuition hikes.

“We have lost our way,” he said, according to a news release issued after the visit. “We have lost our understanding that education is the single most important investment for our future workforce in this state.”

Garamendi toured the campus and saw some new construction projects funded by a local bond measure, including a child development center where instruction and childcare for students will be provided, a college center for the arts, and new sports complexes.

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.