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April 13, 2004 > Town Hall Meeting in Fremont about Proposed State Budget Cuts

Town Hall Meeting in Fremont about Proposed State Budget Cuts

State senator Liz Figueroa and Assemblyman John Dutra will convene a "town hall" meeting to hear from people from all walks of life about how proposed budget cuts will affect them. The meeting will be held on Friday, April 16 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at Centerville Presbyterian Church, 4360 Central Avenue (at Dusterberry Way) in Fremont. The public is invited to attend. The event is sponsored by statewide and local service organizations and advocacy groups concerned that the far-reaching budget cuts will be devastating to services that low- an middle-income families depend on.

"The cuts proposed by Governor Schwarzenegger are so devastating to all our community, especially the most vulnerable members, that we must join forces to educate voters about the extent of these cuts and coordinate our efforts to respond to them," said Suzan Bateson, executive director of the Alameda County Community Food Bank. "We encourage all concerned citizens to participate in this town hall meeting in order to learn more about the proposed cuts and how to prevent them."

The town hall meeting is just one of four in Northern California sponsored by the statewide coalition. Others are set for Pleasanton, Stockton and Fresno.

Statewide sponsors of the town hall meetings include the League of Women Voters; California Church Impact; Children's Defense Fund; Congress of California Seniors; California Alliance of Retired Americans; Gray Panthers, Health Access; California Hunger Action Coalition; California Association of Food Banks; California Food Policy Advocates; California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative; California Partnership; JERICHO; LIFETIME; Latino Issues Forum; Western Center on Law and Poverty.

Local partners include the Alameda County Community Food Bank; Catholic Charities Office of Public Policy; Centerville Presbyterian Church; Community Resources for Independent Living; Senior Services Coalition of Alameda County; Services, Immigrant rights and Education Network (SIREN); Social Justice Resource Office, Diocese of Oakland; Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center; Tri-City Elder Coalition; Tri-City Homeless Coalition; Tri-City Health Center.

For more information about the meeting in Fremont, call (510) 834-3663, ext. 307

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