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Rep. Linda Sanchez Compares Congress ‘Popularity’ to ‘Ebola Crisis’

Rep. Linda Sanchez joins members of a local real estate association at the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week.  Randy Economy Photo

Rep. Linda Sanchez joins members of a local real estate association at the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week. Randy Economy Photo

Rep. Linda Sanchez Speaks at Cerritos Chamber Luncheon

By Brian Hews

US Rep. Linda T. Sanchez painted a less than rosy and enthusiastic picture about the nation’s economic climate during an address to business and community leaders in Cerritos last week.

Sanchez, who represents the greater Southeast Los Angeles County area in the US House of Representatives, said that Washington DC has become a political boxing ring with partisan politics trumping over “the real needs of all Americans.”

Sanchez said that citizens are still suffering from the effects of a prolonged economic drought but also took light of record low approval numbers of Congress.

“In a recent survey, Congress was just as popular as the Ebola virus, so I guess we have nowhere else to go but up in the opinion polls,” Sanchez joked, but her comments made a dramatic point.

“Look, Congress has lots of work to do.  I get it.  We are bogged down with politics to the extreme,” Sanchez said.

“You’re either totally to the right, or stuck at a Tea Party or too far to the left these days in Washington, DC.  Everything is a fight and every political pundit has an opinion every night on the news programs on the east coast,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez said that she has enjoyed “getting away” from Washington DC “rat race” during the recent summer break.

“There is no middle in Congress anymore,” she stressed.

After visiting the local business group, Sanchez toured the John Crane facility in Cerritos to highlight the role their products and services play in protecting the environment.

“Supporting our local businesses and manufacturers remains one of my top priorities in Congress,” said Sánchez.

She praised the Cerritos business and the site’s 44 employees who she said “are turning out first-class industrial products that not only contribute to economic growth and jobs here in California, but also provide environmental benefits worldwide.”

Sánchez toured the facility at the invitation of the company’s managers, who showed her the innovative solutions John Crane delivers to energy service customers to improve equipment reliability and performance.

“John Crane is creating products here in California that help people all over the world.  High-quality sealing technology is making it possible for us to develop and use energy resources in America and around the globe in ways that are more efficient and reduce emissions for everyone.”

Staff members with Sanchez told Hews Media Group-Community Newspaper that her two back-to-back appearances in Cerritos were an opportunity to “voice her support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to reduce methane leakage, including methane escaping from the rapidly expanding oil and gas market.”

  • M c M a h o n says:


    1. Vacancy rate in many industrial parks and commercial holdings remain constant 50%:50%.

    2. OC last summer had 35,000 homes for sale, this year >50,000 homes on the market.

    3. Gas prices and price to purchase new cars are still very high.

    4. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts still remains far less then sell out performances. CCPA is subsidized by Cerritos General Funds.

    5. ABC Mello Roos is seeking 3rd Mello Roos Bond.

    6. Cerritos Water wants an increase in rate prices.

    7. Mercedes | USA has leased out former Long Beach Boeing Pad.

    8. Long Beach Harbor is opening up 14, 000 new jobs.

    9. Still majority of the IT jobs are going to Silcone Valley and not to Socal.

    10. Huge increase in freeway out of state DMV Lic, due to the fact, Socal employers are employing employees from other states and bypassing Socal Labor force. Repeat of the 90’s, job filled by cheap labor from out of state.

    11. LA/OC is still grouping races, which goes against integration of all races, hence not creating diversity and balanced urban planning.

    12. Cost of doing business in Cerritos and Calif, is much higher compared to national average. Texas + NY is winner for attracting new business. We lost recently: Toyota, Nissan, Garret, and Nestle.

    13. Calif is 2nd to lowest is national GPA for educational.

    14. Hollywood and RV Business is still leaving Socal.

    15. Ford-GM-Chrysler all left Socal in 80’s and have not returned.

    16. 15,000 world wide desalination plants, calif is home to only one.

    17. Cerritos still taxes business for art in public places.


    RE: United-HOA.org

    A group of elected or appointed city/district officials have submitted a ballot statement opposing the $195 million bond measure. For a copy of this statement please visit http://united-hoa.org/ArgumentInFavor.pdf.

    Those who signed this statement apparently don’t know anything about what happened with the 1997 bond. They wouldn’t be talking about “a lasting, positive impact” if they knew Gahr High’s roof was replaced in 1999 and 2002, lasted 12-15 years, and has now “outlived useful life” in the district’s own words. They are so naive as to believe taxpayer protections can be guaranteed because all expenditures will be reviewed by an independent citizens’ oversight committee. The trouble is even the school board doesn’t know any details of what projects will be carried out at which school for how much money. How can anyone else oversee anything? They need to have a detailed plan if they are really interested in fixing our schools.
    Next ABC School Board hearing is Sept 2, 2014.

    ……………….Benjamin Ao | [email protected] | United HOA

    ►PS: Vote No | Cerritos Water Rate Increase.

    10% Increase per yr, for the next 7 years. Proxy via mail in Sept-Oct 2014. Please vote no. Since residents are consuming less water, city water needs more revenue to balance budget. Please vote no!!