Congressman Sherman Convenes Town Hall as Nation Balances Crises
Sherman Oaks – Last night, over 6,000 Valley residents participated in Congressman Brad Sherman’s (D-Sherman Oaks) interactive “Telephone Town Hall” for an hour. During this time, the Congressman updated his constituents on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and addressed the widespread public reaction to the tragic murder of George Floyd in Minnesota.
The Congressman discussed legislation in Congress that aims to develop an aggressive response to the recent nationwide upheaval over racial injustice and police brutality; legislation that would curb the use of excessive force by police, prohibit strangulation holds by police, and require more effective training.
“Telephone Town Halls have always been a regular part of my outreach to constituents,” said Congressman Sherman. “As the nation grapples with an unprecedented pandemic and growing widespread civil unrest, having accurate information is critical and that is why my Telephone Town Hall last night allowed me to easily interact with thousands of Valley residents, keeping them informed during this critical time in our country.”
The Congressman was joined by Los Angeles Councilmember David Ryu who discussed the latest on Los Angeles safety and curfew issues and provided updates on local response efforts to the coronavirus pandemic.
Congressman Sherman, along with Dr. Lynn Goldman Dean of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, also updated Valley residents on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and discussed the latest on Congress’s response to this unprecedented public health crisis.
During the Telephone Town Hall, Sherman requested input from his constituents by asking a series of survey questions about their thoughts on next steps forward. The results of the survey questions are as follows:
- Did you receive your stimulus checks and was it in the amount you believe you are entitled to according to the law Congress enacted?
- Yes, and it was the correct amount: 81%
- Yes, but I believe it was not correct amount: 6%
- No, I haven’t received anything, but I believe I was entitled: 13%
- Do you believe the LAPD treats Blacks, Latinos and people of color with appropriate respect?
- Almost Always: 13%
- Usually: 25%
- Usually Not: 39%
- Unsure: 23%
- Do you think we in LA are reopening too quickly, about right, or too slowly?
- Too Quickly: 40%
- About Right: 36%
- Too Slowly: 12%
- Unsure: 12%
Congressman Sherman will host a series of Telephone Town Halls during this crisis. The next one will be on June 16th. To learn how to participate in the next townhall go to BradSherman.house.gov/TownHalls.