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January 21, 2009 > MoveOn meets with Stark office staff

MoveOn meets with Stark office staff

By MoveOn member Pat Lindstadt

Members of MoveOn met with staff at U.S. Representative Pete Stark's Fremont office on Wednesday, January 14 to urge passage of President Obama's Economic Recovery Plan and specifically to support green jobs, healthcare, clean energy, and relief for struggling states.

MoveOn spokesperson Mia Ousley noted that the group represents over 12,000 MoveOn members in the representative's district. Some members of the visiting membership related their personal experiences and the need for immediate action.

One member works for a company developing clean, safe, affordable nuclear energy in which the Deparment of Energy and other government agencies are very interested. However investment funds have dried up and her hours were cut back by 1/3. Separated, and the mother of 3, she is really feeling the pinch.

Another second member of the group does systems consulting to small businesses. She had a story about difficulty in getting a loan for a house. Last fall, she put an offer on a house with 25% down and an 800 FICA score (= excellent credit). Reisa lost this house to another bidder. Recently, she saw another house she was interested in. Nothing had changed on her end (still had 25% down and an excellent FICA score), but she cannot qualify now because she cannot show 2 years of income (new requirements in getting a loan). She feels that the criteria for loan approval are way too tough.

A third member of the group owns and operates restaurants in the East Bay. He commented that restaurants and hospitality businesses have been hard hit. Also the executive director of the Sustainable Business Alliance, he says this organization is committed to the development of the Green Collar Job Sector.

Another member is a contractor who does IT project management. She is now one year out of work. The last company she was doing business with -VISA Credit Card - is moving most of its operations away from the Bay Area to Singapore. She and her husband have had to postpone their retirement. She strongly supports fostering and creating new jobs in the East Bay.

An architect who has been out of work for one year commented that the economic problems we are facing will affect his son's generation if something significant is not done. This man pointed out the major decline in building starts across the country. He hopes the recovery plan will create more clean jobs in the construction area.

A letter with 566 signatures from Moveon members in Stark's district was presented asking Congress to support Obama's Economic Recovery Plan.

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