Letters to the Editor

August 6, 2014

Politicians spreading out their offices

As federal and state legislators, we value the opportunity of bringing our offices’ constituent services to the smaller communities and towns of our districts. We also see a benefit in holding district office hours jointly, so that constituents in the selected communities have an opportunity to meet to discuss casework and issues on an individual basis. To that point, and since working together often gets more done than working alone, we have decided to hold joint office hours in local communities.

As federal and state legislators, we value the opportunity of bringing our offices’ constituent services to the smaller communities and towns of our districts. We also see a benefit in holding district office hours jointly, so that constituents in the selected communities have an opportunity to meet to discuss casework and issues on an individual basis. To that point, and since working together often gets more done than working alone, we have decided to hold joint office hours in local communities.

Constituents and officials will have the ability to ask questions and have their specific concerns explored in their communities, and can discuss their items with both federal and state offices at the same time.

All too often, government works at cross purposes. This is one small step to avoid that as it relates to individual cases and communities. Here are our office hours in August:

•  Newman – Friday, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Newman City Hall, 938 Fresno St.
•  Patterson – Friday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Patterson City Hall, 1 Plaza
•  Ceres – Aug. 15, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Ceres Community Center, 2701 Fourth St.
•  Modesto – Aug. 21, 2-3:30 p.m., Maddux Youth Center, 615 Sierra Drive

Jeff Denham, congressman, 10th District; Anthony Cannella, state senator, 12th District; Adam Gray, assemblyman, 21st District

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