A slew of East Bay Congressional events

Several of the East Bay’s voices in Congress will be out and about in their districts this week.

Barbara Lee (Dec-2010)Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, will host a Jobs and Career Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Friday at the Laney College Gymnasium, 900 Fallon St. in Oakland. Produced in collaboration with the Peralta Community College District, Laney College and partner organizations, the expo will feature employers from a wide range of industries that have jobs to fill right now. Participating employers from federal agencies, high-tech firms, green industries, transportation, banking, health care and construction trades will be on site to conduct job interviews and provide career information for constituents seeking work.

Workshops will offer job-seeking strategies with a focus on green jobs opportunities, social media techniques, tips for workers 50 and older, and emerging industries. Volunteers from the Oakland Private Industry Council and East Bay Professional Experience Network will provide coach job seekers on their resumes.

“In Congress, my colleague Congressman Bobby Scott and I have worked tirelessly to pass HR 589, which extends emergency benefits to long-term unemployed workers by providing 14 weeks of emergency unemployment benefits to job-seekers who have exhausted all their benefits yet are still unemployed,” Lee said in a news release. “With this event, I hope to provide another form of assistance by bringing my constituents together with companies and agencies that are actively hiring, while spreading awareness of services available to help those who are seeking employment.”

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, has a bunch of events coming up.

On Wednesday, he’ll visit in the morning with seniors at Vallejo’s Florence Douglas Senior Center to discuss Medicare, Medicaid and prescription drug costs, and then offer congratulatory remarks at the afternoon ribbon-cutting for the new JFK University mental health counseling services facility in Concord. On Thursday morning, he’ll help kick off the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s Nutrition and Health Festival at Richmond’s Nystrom Elementary School, chatting with the kids about healthy meals; that evening, he’ll be at the Contra Costa College’s Puente Project Celebration, congratulating high school students and their mentors from this program designed to encourage students to pursue four-year college educations.

On Friday, he’ll be in Richmond at the monthly meeting of El Concilio Latino for a closed-door discussion of issues of interest to the Latin community, and also will join Contra Costa County officials at the groundbreaking for a new $45 million, 53,000-square-foot health center in San Pablo, paid for in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act economic stimulus legislation; it’s meant to replace the existing Richmond Health Center and is expected to be done by July 2012.

And then he’ll meet with you, his constituents, in a town hall meeting at 9:30 a.m. 10 a.m. Saturday in Grace Lutheran Church, 2369 Barrett Ave. in Richmond; issues likely to arise include Medicare, the war in Afghanistan, efforts to create jobs and other issues before Congress.

Finally, Miller will join veterans at noon Saturday for the annual walk across the Al Zampa Bridge, to raise funds for the Vietnam Veterans of the Diablo Valley and the Crockett Community Services District. The VNVDN provides support services to veterans in need and hosts the East Bay Stand Down; CCSD is raising funds to restore the Crockett Veterans Memorial Hall.

Jerry McNerneyRep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, will tour Tracy’s Vinewood Center for Children & Families at 11 a.m. Wednesday, hearing from the counselors about the services they provide and touring a classroom. The center provides mental health services for children, adolescents, families and individuals, including school-based counseling and parenting classes on teen gang prevention and substance abuse issues; it serves 400 children and 200 adults each year.

John GaramendiRep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, is holding his annual Basque BBQ from 4 to 8 p.m. this Saturday at the Touch the Earth Ranch in Paloma, near Mokekumne Hill. It’s music, BBQ dinner, barn dancing, petting farm, pony rides and gold panning, at a cost of $35 per ticket, free for kids 12 and under; proceeds go to his Garamendi for Congress committee. Tickets are available online or by calling 916-863-6881.

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.