Bay Area House members to meet the masses

You’ve got some opportunities for face time with your member of Congress coming soon:

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, will host a Women and Minority-owned Business Forum in California State University, East Bay’s Oakland Center Campus, at 1000 Broadway, from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Oct. 18; she’ll talk about access to state and federal contract opportunities, and resources and agencies will be on hand to meet directly with attendees. Later the same day, Lee will host a $75-per-head Women’s Tea campaign fundraiser in Scott’s restaurant, at 2 Broadway in Oakland’s Jack London Square, from 2 to 4 p.m.; she’ll be joined by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, and Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, who’ll join Lee in discussing their efforts to stop the war in Iraq, as well as by NARAL Pro-Choice America President Nancy Keenan, who’ll discuss the campaign to defeat Proposition 4, the proposed state constitutional amendment which would require doctors to inform the parent or guardian of a minor 48 hours before providing an abortion to that minor.

Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, will hold forum from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Oct. 18th in the lecture hall of the San Leandro Public Library, at 300 Estudillo Ave., to discuss the state of the economy and what government can or should do now; he’ll be joined by representatives from the banking, labor, and business communities. Stark was the only Bay Area member of Congress to vote against the $700 billion financial-markets bailout both times it came before the House.

And House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Martinez, will lead a field hearing at 9:30 a.m. next Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Board of Supervisors’ chamber of San Francisco City Hall, at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, examining how the current financial crisis is impacting Americans’ retirement security, including pension funds and workers’ directed retirement accounts like 401(k) plans; at a hearing last week on the same topic, the Congressional Budget Office testified American workers have lost at least $2 trillion in retirement savings over past 15 months. Among those scheduled to testify Wednesday are UCLA Anderson School of Management Professor Shlomo Benartzi;
investment advisor Mark Davis, a partner at Kravitz Davis Sansone; and University of California, Berkeley Professor Jacob S. Hacker.