Eric Swalwell to hold first town-hall meetings

The East Bay’s freshman congressman is coming back to town for his first report card.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Pleasanton, will hold his first town hall meetings with his 15th Congressional District constituents this Saturday, March 2. The first meeting is scheduled for 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Harvest Park Middle School, 4900 Valley Ave. in Pleasanton; the second is scheduled for 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Hayward Firefighters’ Union Hall, 22734 Main St.

It’s not the first time Swalwell has met with constituents; he held a “Ride With Your Rep” event last month, inviting people to ride their bicycles with him from Dublin to Pleasanton. Saturday’s meetings should be less likely to leave people out of breath – perhaps.

Swalwell’s predecessor, Pete Stark, had a hot temper and so had become the target of tea-party activists at his town halls, leading to some now-notorious verbal showdowns. In a mailer sent to constituents this week, Swalwell invites people to “make your voice and opinions heard in a respectful public forum” as well as to meet his staff, learn about the services his office provides and hear his views and agenda for 2013.

And with his meetings scheduled a day after the federal budget sequester is set to begin, constituents might have many questions.

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.

  • JohnW

    Eric seems to have forgotten that his district includes San Ramon. Considering that San Ramon was seriously annoyed about being cut off from Contra Costa County and tacked onto the new 15th, you would think that Swalwell would make some effort to show us some love and attention — other than showing up for the Danville 4th of July parade. I’ll be sure to show up for the first Town Hall that he holds in San Ramon. Now that his official website is up, I think I’ll send him a note to that effect.

  • GV Haste

    With modern technology it would nice if the newspaper group would make and post a video of the event.
    Much like they posted video of the candidates when they interviewed them a endorsement.

    Doesn’t have to be super professional, just a camera and possibly a tripod to avoid all the movement.

  • JohnW

    It’s no big deal to drive to the meeting in Pleasanton. But the distance (12 miles) is 8 miles further than it is from my place to downtown Danville. In fact, it’s the same distance from me as downtown Walnut Creek. It just underscores how San Ramon was orphaned in the redistricting.

  • RR senile columnist

    San Ramon can’t carry P-ton’s jockstrap.

  • JohnW


    Well, if I had even the slightest sentimental attachment to San Ramon (I don’t), I might be insulted but still concede the point about carrying P-ton’s jockstrap. But the question would be, can they FILL San Ramon’s? But it’s an interesting observation, considering that P-ton is home to a couple of folks who have spent lots of time around jockstraps — John Madden and Brandon Crawford — and the people who both carry and fill them. However, P-ton is also home to tennis star Paula Creamer. So, I would have little interest in proving anything about jockstraps.

    I agree. Pleasanton is pleasant, more so than Pleasant Hill. As for San Ramon, I live on the Danville/Blackhawk border, not the Dublin end of town. I call it Dan Ramon.

  • Elwood

    “Paula Creamer (born August 5, 1986) is an American professional golfer on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. As a professional, she has won 11 tournaments, …” –Wikipedia

  • JohnW

    Okay, I blew that one big time. No idea why I said “tennis star.” She played the LPGA tournament at the Blackhawk Country Club just up the road from me a couple of times, and I can’t get her signature pink golfing outfit out of my brain. Anyway, I’ll bet she can play tennis too.

    Have I mentioned that I’m a big fan of Olympic swimmer Danica Patrick?

  • DanvilleDemocrat

    JohnW, I know Congressman Swalwell has held quite a few meet-and-greets with constituents in San Ramon, mostly at homes, though these have been “sponsored” by the campaign and included a suggested (but not required) fundraising component. If I hear of any similar events, I’ll post them here.

  • JohnW

    @8 DanvilleDemocrat

    The Contra Costa portion of CD15 accounts for only 10 percent of the voters. Any primary challengers are likely to come from western Alameda County. So, San Ramon is going to be an afterthought. That’s the way it goes.