Assemblymember Matt Dababneh Hosts Budget Town Hall with Special Guests Congressman Brad Sherman, State Controller Betty T. Yee and State Senator Henry Stern
CANOGA PARK —Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D – Woodland Hills) hosted a Budget Town Hall on Saturday with special guests Congressman Brad Sherman, State Controller Betty T. Yee and State Senator Henry Stern to discuss the proposed 2017-18 California State Budget with Valley residents.
Over 400 residents from the San Fernando Valley were in attendance and had the opportunity to ask the elected representatives questions about California’s current health care debate, protecting the environment, and creating good-paying jobs.
“One of the most important parts of my job is to be accountable and accessible to constituents – the best way to do this is by hosting Town Halls,” stated Assemblymember Dababneh. “This was a great opportunity to tell Valley residents about my work to strengthen consumer protections, protect the environment, enhance the public’s health and safety, improve public education and hold our government accountable by increasing transparency.”
Assemblymember Dababneh also recognized constituents Jordan and Ed Peisner – the West Valley family whose own tragic incident led to the introduction of Jordan’s Law (AB 1542), a bill to end social media motivated violence – and constituent Katie Cleary –who traveled to Sacramento to advocate on behalf of the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act (AB 485).
In addition to discussing their own legislation, Assemblymember Dababneh and State Senator Henry Stern spoke to attendees about other major bills making their way through the California Legislature, including the California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2017, which seeks to codify existing federal environmental and labor standards into California law in case the current Congress or President repeals or weakens them.
State Controller Betty T. Yee discussed the current budget situation in California while State Senator Henry Stern focused on legislation, describing his work with Assemblymember Dababneh on SB 57, a bill to protect Valley residents from natural gas leaks following the Aliso Canyon incident.
“I was happy to join Assemblymember Matt Dababneh’s Town Hall Meeting where he led an important discussion on budget priorities, protecting the environment, and taking care of our veterans,” said Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks). “There has never been a more critical time to be accessible to our constituents and hold frequent Town Hall Meetings. I will be holding a Telephone Town Hall Meeting Thursday, June 29 at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.,” Sherman said.
In addition, a representative from Next 10 conducted an interactive presentation on the California budget process. Attendees were able to vote on their own budget funding priorities, which included education, tax deductions, and transportation. They could then see how their views compared to those of the entire audience. Attendees also learned about the rules and constraints involved in drafting California’s budget.
Assemblymember Dababneh said, “This information will be critical as I spend the next two weeks working on our state budget and negotiating for greater resources in our communities.”
Next 10 is a non-profit organization focused on innovation and the intersection between the economy, the environment, and quality of life issues for all Californians. For more information on Next 10 please visit their website at http://next10.org/about.