Posted by Paulette, a resident of the Val Vista neighborhood, on Jan 20, 2008 at 4:52 pm
I'm sorry not many people showed up to share their hopes and concerns; but, that's the way it's been lately. People are too busy; they imagine their voices don't matter. And, by thinking this, they make it so.
For an interesting article on the lack of liberal involvement in politics in the suburbs, read Michael J. Thompson's "The Suburban Assault on Democracy." You can find it at www.urbanreinventors.net.
Posted by Nancy, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jan 24, 2008 at 1:30 pm
What do you mean by "joke meeting"? I have to say that at least McNerney is making himself available to constituents. Can't say I recall seeing Mr. Pombo around these parts... It is too bad that so many people blog about issues but so few show up to express them to someone with political will to make change happen.
Posted by Pete, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jan 24, 2008 at 3:32 pm
To Watch Dog
When Kolln Hardware becomes a bank and you are tied to a post outside, please bark and I'll throw you a dog biscuit on the way out. That is the nicest comment I've heard in quite some time. I'll keep your comment in mind. Thanks. And yes, Congressman McNerney should be reminded to organize the town meetings, a bit more receptive. I'm sorry,that was mindless of me. Advice to Staff, check out area first to empower your constituents to engage.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jan 24, 2008 at 5:26 pm
What I mean by "joke meeting" is based upon how the event was advertised (Web Link) and how it actually turned out. It appears from the PW article that only a few people got to speak with McNerney while NBC taped them and not everyone who showed up was able to hear what was going on. Don't get me wrong, I think it is great for representatives to get "out and about" and become accessible to their constituents in such a manner, but this sounds like it was more of media show.