By Angeles Barrios
Over 4,000 people attended California State Senator Joel Anderson’s Holiday Legislative Open House on Dec. 7. The rich music performed by the East County Youth Symphony and the International Academy of Jazz welcomed the attendees who were quick to find themselves saying hello to their neighbors. This was an opportunity for Anderson’s constituents to come and speak to Anderson and his staff about any concerns and legislative ideas they might have as well as receive a 2016 legislative update from the Senator.
“I am life-long Democrat and I voted, over 52 years of voting, for very few Republicans,” Aaron Landau, a La Mesa resident who attended the event, said. “But he is one Republican that I would vote for, for whatever office he would like. I admire his integrity, his concern, his determination, and his abilities to work across the aisles with Democrats, since he is in the minority party.”
Food and drinks were donated by generous community organizations and businesses including La Mesa’s Dream Dinners and The Hills Local Pub. There were also various services offered other than food and music. In particular, attendees were able to ask questions about their issues with state agencies at the constituent services table. Some also left their legislative ideas for the state government and others learned about Anderson’s award-winning internship program by talking to current and former interns.
At the end of the long but exciting night full of energy and new ideas, Anderson spoke to the crowd.
“I want to thank my constituents for taking the time to attend this event and share so many great ideas about how to make government work for them,” he said. “Thanks to all the businesses that came and generously donated their time and talents to contribute to the success of this event.” For those interested in sharing their ideas with Anderson, they can call 619-596-3136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Angeles Barrios is a legislative intern for Senator Joel Anderson’s office.