Garamendi will host tele-town hall



Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, will invite Livermore residents tonight to join him in a tele-town hall. (Others may participate by calling the number listed in the news release below.)

It’s the first in a series of up to 10 planned tele-townhalls in the 10th Congressional District, his office says.

Tele-townhalls allow constituents to participate in a telephone version of a meeting with a member of Congress.

At 5:30 p.m., a vendor hired by Garamendi’s office will send automated calls to 10,000 Livermore households. Residents answering the call may opt to stay on the line and listen to the event. The congressman will also answer callers’ questions.

Critics say the tele-town hall format permits elected officials to avoid angry constituents or dodge questions they don’t want to answer. Gongressional staff usually screen the questioners.

But advocates say it provides an opportunity for thousands of voters to listen directly to their representatives without leaving their homes. A typical town hall meeting might draw a few dozen people, although public appearances of members of Congress have been used, as of late, as a platform for vocal protesters.

For all the details about Garamendi’s tele-town hall, read his press release below.

Congressman Garamendi Today Hosts Tele-Town Hall
for Livermore Constituents

All Questions Welcome at First in a Series of Up to Ten Over Next Two Weeks

WHAT: Congressman Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek, CA) will invite 10,000 Livermore residents to a telephone town hall this evening. All questions are welcome.

Rep. Garamendi maintains a strong connection with the community by remaining open and accessible to the residents of the District. To date, he has hosted more than a dozen in-person town halls throughout the 10th Congressional District and two telephone town halls. The Congressman will hold up to ten telephone town halls in the next two weeks.

WHO: Congressman John Garamendi
Constituents of the 10th Congressional District

WHEN: Monday, July 19th

5:30 PM PST

HOW: Livermore constituents will receive an invitation by phone.
They can also dial-in and enter in a PIN number for access to the event.
Phone Number: 877-229-8493
PIN: 15533

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Common Tater

    I can provide sources for an up-to-date photograph of JG instead of your using a twenty-year-old outdated glamor shot of him.

    (Hint: there’s some on his website.)

  • Common Tater

    Here’s the email exchange on the “glamor” Garamendi photo in early May:

    # Common Tater Says:
    May 7th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Still using the 20 year old glamor photograph of JG, Huh Lisa?

    Even his own website has a more up-to-date photograph. It’s at http://www.garamendi.org/

    # Lisa Vorderbrueggen Says:
    May 7th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Okay, I’ll download a new picture! (lol)

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Sheesh. Okay. At the time this question originally appeared, Garamendi’s office did not have a new head shot available. The photos on his Web site were mostly group shots in a preset gallery and could not be downloaded. I found versions of them on Flickr but again, they were not in the correct format. The head shot on the top of his Web site is part of a larger graphic.

    A staffer did send me a photo taken of Garamendi at an event but he had a funny look on his face. For fairness purposes, I try to use the members’ official congressional head shots.

    I have asked Garamendi’s office again for an official headshot.

  • I’m glad he can communicate so effectively with his voters this way, and think of how safe it is for him AND the voters, in light of the attack on Gabby Giffords. I like seeing him in person because there’s no substitute for being there, and you don’t ever have the fear of being fooled by some old video being played and called live, trying to pull the wool over the eyes odf the public. But this is really using 21st century technology to everyone’s advantage. I am willing to accept it as live broadcast news on good faith from Rep. Garamendi. Now if I can just tune in to the next one, because I was shut out of the first one.