Merced Supervisor Pedrozo unveils lineup for four town hall meetings

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comJanuary 8, 2013 

Merced County District 1 Supervisor John Pedrozo announced this week the lineup for his ninth annual town hall community meetings.

The four meetings will be held in Le Grand, Planada, Livingston and south Merced.

Pedrozo is the only supervisor who holds town hall meetings, saying it gives constituents in his district the opportunity to speak directly to him and ask questions.

"This is just another way to reach out to the people of District 1 and communicate with them," Pedrozo said. "We wanted the people in my district to see who works for them and have a better one-on-one contact."

Pedrozo plans to kick off the meetings by introducing each department, then allowing people to break into stations for one-on-one assistance.

Some of the departments that will be available include the human services agency, animal control, health, and the planning and building departments.

Pedrozo's team communicated the meeting dates to residents through mailers and fliers sent home with elementary and middle school children.

No issue or question is off limits, Pedrozo said, adding that the goal of the meetings is informational.

Pedrozo said if officials don't have the answer to someone's question, they will find out and follow up.

"We stress to people, if we don't have the answer for you at these meetings, we will get back to you," Pedrozo said. "If we can help one person, we've accomplished what we wanted to do."

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

• Le Grand Legion Hall, Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m.

• Planada Community Center, Feb.7, 6:30 p.m.

• Livingston City Council chamber, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.

• Sacred Heart Church Hall in Merced, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m.

Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.com.

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