Town Halls Not On The Agenda Of Most Local Congressional Reps
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Carl Luna, professor of political science, San Diego Mesa College
All of San Diego's Congressional representatives are expected to spend this week's recess at home in their districts.
Members of Indivisible, a grassroots movement targeting President Trump’s agenda, have been calling on members of Congress to host town hall-style meetings in order to hear constituents' concerns about the policies of the Trump administration.
Below is a round-up of town halls and other related events planned for this week.
Rep. Scott Peters, (D-San Diego), will hold a town hall meeting on immigration and the Trump travel ban, among other topics, at the Islamic Center of San Diego in Clairemont Monday night. About 300 people have RSVP'd to the invitation-only event, which is expected to be filled to capacity.
Indivisible will host a town hall in Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) district at 6 p.m., Tuesday at the Jim Porter Recreation Center, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. The group invited Issa to attend the "Emergency Town Hall on Health Care" but according to The San Diego Union-Tribune, Issa declined the invitation due to a "long-standing-obligation" to tour a homeless shelter.
Representatives Peters and Susan Davis (D-San Diego) also will hold a public workshop at the at the Corky McMillin Companies Event Center at Liberty Station on Wednesday. That event has reached its capacity of 700 attendees.
Neither Rep. Juan Vargas (D-San Diego) or Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Santee) plan to hold town hall meetings, according to a report by KQED that looked at which California members of Congress are hosting town halls.
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) is the only GOP Congressman to hold a town hall meeting in California since the November election. Hundreds of protesters came to the Feb. 4 town hall. McClintock had to be escorted to his car by police at the conclusion of the meeting.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the location of Wednesday's workshop. City News Service contributed to this report.
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