August 15, 2009

Hundreds Line Up for Stark Town Hall



More than 300 people lined up for Congressman Pete Stark's town hall meeting today at San Leandro's City Hall. People started lining up at 9am for the 10:30am meeting and those arriving by 10am were unable to get in. Stark's town hall in Fremont was held earlier in the morning with more than 500 people trying to get one of about 250 seats.

Supporters of health care reform appeared to be successful in getting people to the meeting as supporters substantially outnumbered opponents. Questions from the audience were selected randomly, however, and presented more of a balance between supporters and opponents.

Stark's email to constituents about the town hall meetings on August 12, 2009, covered health care reform, protecting the environment, improving mental heath care for young adults, helping working families, and opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at August 15, 2009 11:41 AM | TrackBack

Someone reported on the BNA email list that she and her family had done a full head count at the peak time and got to 460 people.

Posted by: Tim Holmes at August 15, 2009 2:35 PM

I was at the Fremont townhall and captured video from outside. I got there at 9:00AM and it had been full for some time. There were still several hundred people outside at the beginning, but many dispersed over the course of the first hour.

Posted by: Suzanne Aldrich at August 15, 2009 11:53 PM
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