Thursday, October 27, 2011
Town Hall Meeting tonight in Stockton!/The Record
STOCKTON - Jobs - good jobs - is the topic of discussion at a "town hall" meeting at Stockton Arena tonight, sponsored by local labor groups.
Elected officials and community leaders will speak briefly on the subject of quality jobs before the floor will open to a question-and-answer session, organizers said.
Scheduled to appear on the panel are San Joaquin County Supervisor Steve Bestolarides and Stockton City Councilman Dale Fritchen, who will be joined by Tim Viall, the executive director of the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton-San Joaquin and Patrick Ikeda, president of Service Employees International Union Local 1021, which represents county government workers.
With county unemployment exceeding 16 percent and with local governments feeling the pinch from the impact of the economy on the tax base, now is the time to start a public discussion while looking for solutions, said Marcie Bayne, secretary-treasurer of the San Joaquin and Calaveras Counties Central Labor Council, which is hosting the event.
It is scheduled to be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today in the Kings Room, which is at Stockton Arena, 248 Fremont St. in Stockton.