UPDATE: People in the comments are stating the organizers were allowing only club members in but a Republican friend of mine said that's not true and they simply ran out of space. They also said their Republican friend arrived early and got in. If you went please join the people leaving comments explaining what happened. Send me an email if you want any pictures posted. You don't need to register or use your real name to leave a comment but please keep it classy.
These events shouldn't be left up to clubs. Rep. Gallegly should hold scheduled public meetings where the public can ask questions.
Fellow Ventura County Star Blogger Dan Goldberg has posted a question on Youtube. If you can answer it for him I am sure he will appreciate it.
Here is the announcement from The Ventura County Democratic Party asking supporters to show up:
Tomorrow night, Wednesday August 12, 2009 a county-wide Healthcare Forum will be held at the Thousand Oaks Main Library, called the Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. Please arrive at 6:00 pm so that you can get a seat. The program starts at 6:30 pm. The press will be in attendance.
Tea Baggers and others have called to say they plan to show up, so it is likely that the meeting will be disrupted. Because of this, it is necessary to have the best-possible Democratic turn out. Please come ready to speak your mind and armed with the facts about healthcare reform. MoveOn.org has an excellent review of the points at http://pol.moveon.org/truth/lies.html, as well as the White House at whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/.
This event is co-sponsored by the Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles, Democratic Club of the Conejo Valley, Simi/Moorpark Democratic Club, Camarillo Democratic Club, SoCal Grassroots, and Democrats in Ventura County.
Do people really show up to disrupt panel discussions even when there are no elected officials in attendance? Let's hope everyone keeps it civil.
Too bad none of our federal elected officials has announced a town hall forum on healthcare in Ventura County. That includes Rep. Lois Capps and Rep. Gallegly.
Our State Senator Tony Strickland and our State Assembly Member Audra Strickland frequently take questions from the public in scheduled and free public events. They both deserve credit for it.
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