Rep. Mike Honda will host a town hall meeting on how Obamacare’s implementation will affect his 17th District constituents. Representatives from Covered California – the state’s health benefit exchange created under the Affordable Care Act, which starts enrollment Oct. 1 – will attend the meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 in the Fremont Senior Center, 40086 Paseo Padre Parkway.
Honda, D-San Jose, earlier this week announced more than 49,000 people across the nation had signed his petition to end the Food and Drug Administration’s policy of banning all blood donations from gay and bi-sexual men. (
As of now, more than 50,000 have signed, still short of the 75,000 he’d sought. see update below) The policy has been in effect for more than 30 years, but the issue rose to prominence in his district this summer after Campbell Mayor Evan Low was turned away from a blood drive he’d organized. Honda notes he’s been urging a change in the policy since 2008, when San Jose State University suspended campus blood drives because of the ban.
Honda’s Democratic challenger, former Obama administration official Ro Khanna of Fremont, held a Women’s Equality Day event at his campaign office Monday night to roll out his “Women in the Workplace Agenda.” The plan includes promoting family-friendly work environments, removing workplace inequities, increasing women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, and supporting women entrepreneurs.
Khanna and his campaign volunteers will be pounding the pavement this Saturday in San Jose.
UPDATE @ 1:22 P.M.: A clarification – I’m told that Honda’s petition’s signature goal automatically increases as various thresholds are surpassed. So, the goal increased from 50,000 to 75,000 when the 50k mark was passed.