Stockton, CA / Bilingual Weekly
The attempted murder of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in a “Your Corner” constituent appearance that resulted in the death of six people and Giffords seriously injured has caused some ripple effect in San Joaquin Valley Congress representatives.
Today Congressman Dennis Cardoza (CA-18) announced that he will be moving his Stockton District Office —located inside the Stockton Hotel at 137 East Weber Ave., downtown Stockton— into a government-owned building. THe announcement said it was “to provide better service and a higher level of security to constituents” but gave no hint of the location.
“Given the tragic events of this past weekend, it is more important than ever that constituents feel safe when visiting their member of Congress” said Cardoza in the press communiqué, making a reference to the attack on Giffords on Saturday, January 8, 2010.
The Stockton office will temporarily close during this transition.
“In the meantime, my staff and I are still on call to help Valley residents navigate problems with federal agencies,” said the Congressman, “please don’t hesitate to visit our office in Modesto until our new Stockton office opens,” adding that constituents needing assistance from him can still call the Stockton office at (209) 946-0361, or visit his district office in Modesto.
Staff for Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) —the other U.S. Representative serving San Joaquin County— stated that, although they will be always alert, McNerney plans to carry on with his periodical neighborhoods’ visits.