On April 17, 2017 at the first town hall of her career, Senator Dianne Feinstein made a promise:
Audience Member: I would like to know whether you will commit to continuing to meet with us like this, and specifically on your next recess can we do a meeting on a Saturday when people can come? [cheers]
Senator Feinstein: I don’t know whether it will be my next recess…but I will commit to doing one on the weekend during the summer. [louder cheers]
Now she is claiming that an exclusive ($40-$65 per ticket*), tightly restricted (no direct interaction with the audience or follow-ups from anyone but the moderator) event organized by the Commonwealth Club of California is a better way to reach more constituents than a free and open town hall where she faces her constituents directly.
We are sure it will be a lovely event. But it is NOT the promised town hall.
If you disagree with the senator’s decision, please come protest outside the event. If you can’t make it in person, call the office and tell Sen. Feinstein that her constituents expect her to fulfill her commitments.
Date: Tuesday August 29, 2017
Location: Outside the Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
*The money goes to the nonprofit organizing the event, not to Sen. Feinstein or her campaign, but it is still a huge barrier to entry for many people.
Note: Also please submit questions for the senator at this link. Perhaps the moderator will chose to read one.