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Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA



Aug 29, 2004
Press Release

Sherman Oaks, CA - Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) hosted a Community Town Hall meeting earlier today at Reseda High School. Sherman provided the audience an update on some of the issues he is currently working on in Congress including nuclear proliferation and national security.
He also indicated his support for the Orange Line.  This is a dedicated busway that would transport commuters across the San Fernando Valley from Warner Center in Woodland Hills to the North Hollywood Red Line Station in North Hollywood.
After Sherman made his welcoming remarks, he opened the floor for audience questions. The audience numbered approximately 300, and was comprised of a cross section of the Valley.  The turnout was lower than previous town halls perhaps because today was also the final day of the 2004 Olympics.
Questions from the audience included issues concerning healthcare costs, airport noise, consumer protection, and international policy.
œIt is very important to me to hear from Valley residents on a regular basis, said Sherman.  œThese community meetings offer me the occasion to provide an update on what I am doing in Congress and more importantly, learn first-hand from Valley residents.
During the meeting, Sherman presented military decorations to several war veterans.  Mr. Gerald Houghton, a World War II veteran was presented with several medals including the Good Conduct Medal and the Honorable Service Lapel Button.  Mr. David Opfer was awarded the Korean Defense Service medal for his service during the Korean War. 
Sherman also presented Mr. Mariano Loria with the Philippine Liberation Medal for his service in the Philippine Armed Forces that served alongside US forces in WWII.
œThese gentlemen served their countries with admiration and valor.  It was my privilege to honor and present these military decorations presentation to these soldiers, said Sherman.
In addition, members of Shermans Valley staff were on hand to help constituents with any problems they may have with federal agencies.   

Congressman Brad Sherman represents approximately half of the San Fernando Valley.