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Town hall meeting to feature Cathleen Galgiani, Richard Pan

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Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:00 am

State Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, and Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, will take part in a town hall meeting in Lodi on Monday to discuss a variety of issues including pension and workers’ compensation reforms with city residents and officials.

The two lawmakers, who represent Lodi in the state Legislature, were asked to take part in the town hall meeting at the Carnegie Forum by Lodi Mayor Alan Nakanishi, who will moderate the event.

Nakanishi said he wanted to bring Galgiani and Pan to Lodi to discuss with them complex issues like pensions, where state policy directly affects local government.

The City of Lodi is facing rapidly rising pension costs for its employees. This year, the city will pay $7.1 million for pensions. By 2020 the cost will steadily rise to nearly $17 million — almost 40 percent of the city’s general fund budget — if changes aren’t made to the state’s retirement system.

“I’m scared because we don’t know where the money for pensions is going to come from,” Nakanishi said. “Citizens don’t understand because it’s so complex. We’re trying to help them understand.”

The town hall meeting is free and open to the public. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Carnegie Forum located at 221 W. Pine St.

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1 comment:

  • Jim Casey posted at 9:07 pm on Mon, Oct 14, 2013.

    jim casey Posts: 1

    My apologies for expecting too much at the Gagliani/Pan townhall meeting. I would have expected the politicians to stick around until the end. Gagliani apparently had better things to do. I would have expected the audience to ask questions (inquiries were too inflammatory for Mayor Naskanishi) except for a couple of softball pitches. Most of all, I, like the News Sentinel,failed to recognize the huge presence Richard Pan maintains in this community. I was soundly chastized for this...Hmmm, must of missed Pan International Airport. If I expected a canned presentation on non-controversial topics, I would have been satisfied.

     

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