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Miller to appear at Walnut Creek forum Monday

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, October 13th, 2011 at 5:09 pm in Political calendar, Political events.

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, will speak and answer questions at a free public forum Oct. 17 at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek.

The event also features speakers from a variety of social service providers such the food bank and women’s shelter.

It will be held from 6:30-8:30- p.m. at 55 Eckley Lane in Walnut Creek.

Read on for the details provided by event organizers:

Report from Washington, D.C. with Congressman George Miller, Mon. October 17, 6:30-8:30 in Walnut Creek

Come ready to ask your questions, visit Contra Costa social safety net organizations and meet Richmond Green Screen teens filming the event.

Congressman George Miller (D-CA CD 7) will give a report about where things stand in Washington, D. C. and then answer your questions at a public, free forum on Monday, October 17 at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane in Walnut Creek.

Congressman Miller will report on issues that are on everyone’s minds, such as job creation, bringing jobs back home, the “Occupy Wall Street” groups springing up around the country, funding education, home foreclosures, ending the wars and bringing the troops home, protecting Social Security, and fairness in taxation.

Before and after the hour long dialogue with Congressman Miller, there will be additional time to browse the information provided by a variety of Contra Costa County’s social safety net organizations to learn how they are assisting people in need of help in trying times. They include:

The Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties, Fresh Start, Loaves & Fishes, Monument Crisis Center, Shelter Inc., STAND, and others that will be present to let you know how you can help.

Representatives from the Campaign for New Priorities and Central Contra Costa’s Rebuild the American Dream/MoveOn Council will also be present to share their programs and answer your questions. High school students from the Richmond based Green Screen program will be filming the event for public use.

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  • richard

    I won’t be able to attend event, but the question I’d like to ask George Miller is why the CEO of Alta Bates Hospital in Oakland making 4 million dollars a year. Isn’t it a fact this huge salary is coming from the federal coffers, at least indirectly. As I understand it, modern hospitals get most of their income from medicare re-imbursements. When an elderly person – a social security recipient – dies in the hospital the hospital sends a 75 or 100 thousand dollar bill to Washington DC most of the time. This is the principal reason hospitals are so profitable and why the wages are so high for CEO’s of hospitals. I don’t mind paying health care for senior citizens, or the poor for that matter, but I hate like hell seeing my tax dollars going to pay 4 million dollars salaries for paper pushing hospital CEO’s. This type of abuse in the health care system needs to be dealt with, I think. Congressman Miller, please address the issue of these health care predators – such as the CEO of Alta Bates in DC. No way should CEO’s of hospitals be making this kind of money, most of the revenue coming into the hospitals is federal money. I don’t mind paying taxes to see the sick and aged cared for, but I got problem – a big broblem, with tax dollars flowing into the pockets of these CEO leaches. They are just scamming the system, it needs to stop.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    JUDGING from the line- up of participants, this public forum should be billed “Love-In 2011″

  • Rick K.

    It’s good that Congressman Miller is speaking in Garamendi’s district because “Live Shot Garamendi” has long ignored his constituents. Instead he flocks to every TV camera in Washington like a moth to a dim light bulb as he pursues his own personal vanity (and he’s a “dim bulb” himself). Garamendi has his main congressional office in Walnut Creek but his chair there is probably growing cobwebs because he just doesn’t “come home” that often (possibly because that carpetbagger’s “home” is outside of his district). Garamendi comes to Contra Costa occasionally to pay fealty to the fat-posterior union bosses, not to listen to his constituents and their concerns (Garamendi is owned by unions and other special interests). Garamendi and his common-folk-are-beneath-me attitude is one reason why Congress is near record-low approval ratings. Garamendi is likely to be one of those “career politicians” who gets retired by voters in 2012. Good riddance!

  • Publius

    I am sure Lisa V. will be in the front row ready to defend George if any of those racist Tea Party types act up…….

  • Elwood

    Is it racist to be prejudiced against idiots like George?

    Poor boy has only been sucking from the US Congress trough for 36 years. He’s still learning.

  • Janet Maiorana

    Congressman Miller said he wrote the DOE a letter of support for Sun Power to obtain a federal loan. I am unhappy about that. If companies can’t make it without taxpayer dollars, they should close up shop. I am also unhappy Miller wrote a long letter of support for the unions urging the Contra Costa
    Community College District adopt a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). A PLA will take scarce funds from students and misuse taxpayer dollars. I will no longer vote for a bond because the PLA makes contracts unfair for non-unions. We must get Miller out of office and elect someone who does not have union support.