Congressman Brad Sherman Hosts Telephone Town Hall January 26, 2016
Sherman Oaks - On Tuesday evening, just over nine thousand Valley residents participated in an interactive “Telephone Town Hall” hosted by Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks).
Residents from all over the district were able to call in and participate in a two-way conversation with Congressman Sherman for ninety minutes. During this time, the Congressman addressed constituents’ questions and concerns on a wide variety of topics, including the Porter Ranch gas leak, domestic terrorism, combating ISIS, U.S. foreign policy in Syria and the Middle East, the Iran nuclear negotiations, healthcare, and the environment.
“Telephone Town Halls are a regular part of my outreach to constituents,” said Sherman. “These types of Town Halls allow me to interact with thousands of Valley residents in a very easy and relaxed manner. Residents across the Valley were understandably concerned about the natural gas leak disaster at the Aliso Canyon storage facility. We had a productive discussion about how residents can seek compensation and assistance, and how the government can play a role in preventing future disasters.”
“We also had the opportunity to discuss foreign policy and combating terrorism at home and abroad,” added Sherman.
During Congressman Sherman’s Telephone Town Hall, Sherman elicited the input of his constituents by asking a series of survey questions about pressing issues. The results of the survey questions are as follows:
Should the government be doing more to regulate energy companies to prevent environmental disasters such as the Porter Ranch gas leak?
Which statement best fits your views of the legislative program of the National Rifle Association?
I strongly agree: 18%
I strongly disagree: 60%
I have no opinion: 22%
Which statement best fits your view of the legislative program of Planned Parenthood?
I strongly agree: 64%
I strongly disagree: 21%
I have no opinion: 15%
In addition to answering policy questions, Congressman Sherman used the time to direct constituents to his district office (818) 501-9200 for further assistance in regards to personal problems with federal agencies. At the end of the ninety minute conversation, participants who were unable to ask a question were given the option to leave their own comments and questions for the Congressman by voicemail.