Congresswoman Hosts Town Hall Meeting


The South Pasadena Democratic Club organized a town hall with Congresswoman Judy Chu last week.

The free event held in the South Pasadena Library’s Community Room quickly sold out and is the largest event the club has held to date.

As attendees arrived they were given speaker cards to write a question for Chu. A guest panel comprised of three people read the questions: Gretchen Robinette, a retired SPHS librarian, co-founder of WISPPA and founder of the Fire Belly Women and Friends; Sophie Dreskin, a sophomore at SPHS who serves on the South Pasadena Youth Commission and is member of Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley’s Youth Advocacy Group; and Anthony Chen, a senior at SPHS who is the SPUSD Student School Board Member, ASB Vice President and Government Affairs Director for the California Association of Student Councils.

South Pasadena Mayor Michael Cacciotti provided introductory remarks and Sean Abajian, vice president of the South Pasadena Democratic Club, served as emcee for the evening.

Chu credited the South Pasadena Democratic Club with alerting her to the impact that the Trump Administration’s Muslim ban was having on green card holders arriving from Iran to LAX, which prompted her to cancel her January 28 plans and head straight to the airport to demand an explanation from customs and board protection. Her actions quickly raised the profile of the situation in the media.

At the town hall, Chu spoke candidly addressing a wide range of issues including her fight to save Obamacare, to prohibit the construction of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico through H.R. 837 and the steps she is taking to defend Planned Parenthood.

Audience members gave her standing ovations both at the beginning and end of the town hall. Documenting the visit was ABC7 Los Angeles, which covered the event for the evening news.

The South Pasadena Democratic Club, which meets monthly, plans to host more town halls in the future.

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