Mark Humphrey and Robert Chacon
On the morning of a devastating terrorist attack in London, Rep. Adam
Schiff paid a visit to the Glendale Farmer’s Market at Brand
Boulevard and Wilson Avenue, where constituents were eager to hear
his thoughts on the morning’s events and related issues.
Schiff has been visiting farmer’s markets within his district,
which includes Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena, for three months now.
“Generally, two types of people come here: those who are aware
that I’ll be here and come with questions on specific issues, and
those who don’t know I’m coming and tend to ask a broader range of
questions,” Schiff said.
Schiff answered questions at a booth and also proceeded to walk
around the farmer’s market, introducing himself to shoppers and
shaking hands with vendors.
Constituents at the farmer’s market generally asked Schiff about
foreign and international concerns such as the morning’s bombings in
London, which killed 37, and the ongoing conflict in Iraq.
“Every voice for peace adds to the clamor to stop the madness in
Iraq,” said La Crescenta resident Sharon Weisman, who came to see
Attendees also asked Schiff for his thoughts on a wide swath of
domestic issues, including but not limited to the Patriot Act and the
Supreme Court seat recently vacated Sandra Day O’Connor.
“Ideally, we would like to get someone [on the Supreme Court] with
the same pragmatism as Sandra Day O’Connor,” Schiff told inquisitive
constituents. “We’d also like to see someone selected who everyone
supports. After all, Sandra Day O’Connor was confirmed by a 99-0
Not everyone was satisfied with the answers that Schiff gave.
“I’ve talked to people [in the Middle East] who have told me that
the way the Americans are treating the Iraqi people is terrible,”
said Glendale resident Irena Varjabedian, who came to ask about
holding a town hall meeting to discuss Iraq. “The congressman did not
agree with what I had to say, unfortunately,” Varjabedian said.
Schiff, though, is aware that it is difficult to please everyone.
“Every farmer’s market offers a different sort of interaction; no
two are the same,” Schiff said. “Really, it’s a nice opportunity for
people to come buy some fresh produce and get to meet their
representative while they’re at it.”
Antonovich disappointed in state Assembly committee
A bill that would assist in the tracking of unregistered sex
offenders failed in the Assembly Public Safety Committee, prompting
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich to criticize the
SB 629 would have required sex offenders to renew their drivers
license annually in order to help track the 25% of offenders who do
not register while they remain at large.
The measure would have allowed police agencies to cross reference
with the Department of Motor Vehicles to create a more accurate
database of sex offenders, Antonovich said.
“Liberals in the legislature have made the rights of sex offenders
a higher priority than the safety of the children and families they
prey upon,” he said.
Scott’s higher education bills clear first hurdle
Three higher education bills authored by state Sen. Jack Scott
passed the Assembly Higher Education committee this week. The bills
cover a broad range of issues affecting community college financing
to vocational education and an education doctorate program offered at
the California State University system.
Currently, only the University of California can offer doctorates
in education, but SB 724 would authorize the 23-campus Cal State
system to offer a doctorate degree in education designed to address
needs in kindergarten through grade 12.
A community college vocational bill will strengthen the link
between vocational education programs in community colleges and
students in primary and secondary schools. SB 794 is backed by $20
million earmarked in the state budget for this purpose.
“Higher education is well provided for in this year’s budget,”
A separate bill, SB 361, would restructure the funding allocation
formula for the 72 districts that make up the California community
If passed, the new plan would fund needs in the areas of student
access, noncredit instruction and district funding equalization.