ATASCADERO - Congressman Salud Carbajal (D) representing California’s 24th District and the Central Coast hosted a town hall style meeting in Atascadero on April 22.
But it was the City of Atascadero’s pleasure to host Rep. Carbajal, Mayor Heather Moreno said, providing an opportunity to showcase the majestic civic architecture of their City Hall for a regional event.
Rep. Carbajal has filed to run for another term, with California’s primary being held March 3, 2020, but he kept that out of his initial remarks, touring the District to provide constituents with a legislative update on the 116th Congress’ first 100 days in session.
The rapid change of topics saw the politician move from a moment of genuine connection with his audience after noting the death of his sister by a gun-suicide, and his feelings about the need for gun control, onto what efforts were being made to address nuclear waste storage as Diablo Canyon spins down.
Questioners for the remainder of the evening came with their own talking points, ranging from the Muller Investigation into President Donald Trump (who was not mentioned by name), impacts of climate change, and potential oil exploration on Carissa Plain (a since defunct proposal, although operating licenses for one site have been continued) .
One other town hall was scheduled for the current spring break, in Congressman’s hometown of Santa Barbara, where he was previously a County Supervisor. His office noted that the next opportunity for local engagement would likely come around Memorial Day.