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Garamendi schedules first town hall

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, November 9th, 2009 at 5:08 pm in Congressional District 10, Political calendar, Political events.

As promised in public statements prior to his election on Nov. 3, Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, has scheduled the first of three in-person town halls before the end of the year.

He invites constituents to join him at a brownbag lunch town hall in Livermore on Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.at City Hall, 3575 Pacific Ave., Livermore. (It’s not a telephone town hall; you can come and see him in person.)

Prior to the town hall, Garamendi will meet with local transportation and elected officials

Two of the other town halls will be held on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12. The times and locations will be announced when they have been finalized.

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  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    Livermore is an interesting location. In 2010, it will likely be redistricted into Jerry McNerney’s District, if he gets re-elected in the 11th, one of the few CDs in CA in contention.
    Will Garamendi be speaking in the District on Vererans’ Day tomorrow?

  • Elwood

    Ralph, have you ever thought about getting a life?

  • JG27 AD

    How about this for a first question for the congressman:

    What part of the United States Constitution authorizes a mandate to force medical insurance on the people?

    Let’s see if Garamendi is just another of Nancy’s Boys.

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  • http://deleted Concordian

    Garamendi ran specifically on the the position that he would fully support the public option and government health care. He has complied with his campaign promise.

    AS for the constitution and medical insurance etc…
    it also does not say that we have veterans hospitals for soldiers
    it also does not say that we have medicare or social security or public schools or clean water over sight or a lot of things specifically. If you cannot get with the 21st century at least try to enter the 20th.

  • JG27 AD

    I don’t see where the congressman should be given kudos for supporting legislation that the Constitution does not permit the Federal Government.

    It isn’t a matter of which century we are in. The Constitution only permits a few powers to the Federal government and the rest are reserved to the states or the people.

    Do we live under it or is it void and null?
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  • http://www.alamedagop.org Walter, Livermore

    I was at the first Garamendi Town Hall meeting today. I asked Congressman Garamendi if he actually read the 2000-page health care reform bill (HR3962) before voting Yes. He replied that he, “read a summary of the bill.” I checked it out and the summary was a whole 4-pages long! How’s that for accountability?

  • J

    AD, the Constitution is not a perfect document. Moreover, it is a product of the 1780s; and what few symbolic alterations we have since made to the Constitution are but a drop in the bucket compared to the 220+ years of case law that has a more specified impact on the function of our government in the present day.

    Secondly, if you’ve read the Constitution and you still have trouble seeing how others have interpreted it (and the case law) to allow for legislating over an area involving so much commerce (we’re talking ~18% GDP) then I don’t know what to tell you. There are arguments to be made about ‘common defense’ (use your imagination) ‘general welfare’, ‘domestic tranquility’ (in a society where 1% populace controls 40% wealth and the poorest 40% of populace control <1% of wealth, it’s easy to read Entitlements as a bribe by the wealthy to placate a group that history shows us to be prone to carrying out ‘messy’ revolts), but first and foremost the health bill is about commerce and insurance industry.

    Last, if you want to rail on Congress, try something that isn’t found in a Party talking point memo. My suggestion is that you research Public Law 62-5. Since we’ll be conducting a Census soon this subject is especially relevant.