Lee to host town hall on joblessness with Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will join Rep. Barbara Lee at a “Speak Out for Good Jobs Now!” town hall meeting next Tuesday, Aug. 16 in Oakland.

The event, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Acts Full Gospel Church of God in Christ, 1034 66th Ave. in Oakland, is open to the public. In addition to Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and Lee, D-Oakland, Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., also is scheduled to attend.

Lee is hosting the meeting “to allow constituents from the 9th Congressional District to voice their concerns about the need for sustainable jobs in their communities and to urge members of Congress to focus on legislation that would spur the creation of jobs nationwide,” her news release said.

It’s part of a Congressional Progressive Caucus initiative of letting people share personal stories about the lack of job opportunities for people willing to work. Stories recorded at this meeting will be read into the Congressional Record on the House floor.

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.

  • Elwood

    Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee!

    Now THERE’S a pair to draw to!

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    And don’t forget Sr Grijalva, who famously said “Don’t visit Arizona!” because of the meanies in Phoenix until he discovered his own constituents didn’t think much of the idea.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    I’m unsure what advanced thinkers such as Dr Lee mean by “sustainable” jobs. Here’s a suggestion: Train the jobless to be security guards in Fruitvale and other garden spots– that should employ lots of folks.

  • Elwood



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  • Elwood


    Taxpayers on hook for campaign junket


  • John W

    “Less than 40% approve of O’bummer.”

    First, Elwood, you should copyright your O’bummer moniker. The TeaPublicans might pay you royalties to use it.

    About the 40% —

    Not a good trend line. But compared to what? Congress? The Tea Party? I wonder what Rick Perry’s approval rating in Texas is. My understanding is that he only survived being primaried out by Kay Bailey Hutchinson by running to the Tea Party Right and that his current home state rating is not that great.

  • Elwood

    “But compared to what? Congress?”

    Congress’ approval rating is in the teens as I recall, and with good cause.

    Yet the voters elect the same losers over and over.

    See, Stark, Fortney; Miller, George; Pelosi, Nancy; and the list of Bay Area dimmiecrat losers goes on and on.