Elected officials turn out to discuss economy, bailout over coffee


With Assemblyman Warren Furutani at the left, Congresswoman Laura Richardson chats with constituents at It’s A Grind during Saturday morning’s Coffee and Conversation event.

By Dan Pressburg

Following on the heels of the Bixby Knolls Strollers, an overflow crowd estimated at 100 people jammed It’s A Grind at 4245 Atlantic Avenue last Saturday morning to have Coffee and Conversation with 25th District Senator Roderick Wright and 55th District Assemblyman Warren Furutani. Joining the State representatives was 37th District Congresswoman Laura Richardson, who fielded questions regarding AIG and the federal bailout.
Both Wright, presiding as master of ceremonies for most of the meeting, and Furutani answered questions regarding education funding, taxes, the overall poor condition of the state budget and what they would be doing to remedy the current downturn.
Wright and Furutani indicated they were working together to resolve the current crisis with an eye toward the future. When asked about the meeting, Furutani said he thought it was a success and he would be having more similar meetings in the future. Wright said he was amazed and pleasantly surprised that so many people would give up their Saturday morning to learn what the state legislature is doing.
Other elected officials in attendance were Councilwoman Rae Gabelich, 8th District; Vice Mayor Val Lerch, 9th District, and Lillian Kawasaki, Metropolitan Water Board.

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