This past week, Congressman Brad Sherman (D -- Sherman Oaks) hosted five town hall meetings in the San Fernando Valley.
On Monday March 17th, Sherman held a meeting to discuss issues facing senior citizens at the Fountainview Jewish Home. Sherman highlighted his continued work to lower the cost of prescription drugs, as well as fight against any plan that privatizes Social Security or turns Medicare into a voucher program.
Three of the town hall meetings were held at Valley high schools with a focus on issues related to students and younger citizens. During Congressman Sherman's time in Congress he has met with students of nearly every public and private school in the San Fernando Valley. This week Sherman's meetings were held at El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills, the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences in Granada Hills, and Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City. During these town hall meetings, Sherman spoke about his work in the nation's capital and answered questions from the students. He also presented a flag flown above the U.S. Capital to the student body president of each school.
Sherman was also pleased to learn that after his visit, El Camino Real Charter High School went on to win first place in the State Academic Decathlon Championship on March 23rd.
Finally, on Sunday March 23rd, Sherman hosted a general Town Hall meeting at Birmingham High School in Lake Balboa. Sherman provided a brief update about his work in Congress before responding to questions about major federal issues including ObamaCare, taxes, the economy, budget, Social Security, and Medicare, as well as other issues facing Congress.
"Town hall meetings are critical to the public policy process, providing an opportunity for me to hear about the most pressing concerns in our community and to elaborate on the work that my colleagues and I are tackling in Congress. We had a good discussion about a wide variety of issues that are important to the daily lives of Valley residents," said Sherman regarding the town hall. "These meetings are something I have always done, and will continue to do in the future. Many people hold strong opinions about the issues currently facing Congress. Hearing from Valley residents, helps me better serve them. I want to stay up to date with what Valley residents are saying, so I can continue to fight for their needs in Washington. I would like to thank everyone who came to participate."
Sherman also set up a constituent service booth at each meeting to help dozens of constituents resolve problems they were having with federal agencies. His staff has already opened up inquiries on many constituents' behalf. Sherman also directed his constituents to his Sherman Oaks office, (818) 501-9200, for further assistance in solving problems with federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs. He encouraged constituents to visit his website (www.BradSherman.house.gov) for more helpful information.