Health care debate town hall meetings planned, but none are slated for Auburn

By: Staff Report
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The national health care debate won’t be aired at a town hall meeting in Auburn anytime soon. U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Granite Bay, has upsized the meeting place for a Sept. 5 town hall session in Shingle Springs and added three other venues. The list does not include Auburn, the Placer County seat. The Sept. 5 meeting had previously been slated for Cameron Park but after large crowds attended similar town-hall meetings this month put on by other congressmen in the area, McClintock changed venues to Ponderosa High School, which can hold 800 people. U.S. Rep. Wally Herger attracted 2,000 to a town-hall meeting last Tuesday in Redding that focused on health care. Other McClintock town-hall meetings will be held in Granite Bay, Susanville and Grass Valley. The schedule is: • 6 p.m. Sept. 1 at Granite Bay High School Gym, 1 Grizzly Way. • 5 p.m. Sept. 3 at Susanville’s Jensen Hall, Lassen County Fairgrounds. • 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at Grass Valley’s Veterans Hall, 255 South Auburn St. • 4:30 p.m. Sept. 5, Ponderosa High, 3661 Ponderosa Road, Shingle Springs. While health care has been the predominant topic at other recent town hall meeting, the sessions with McClintock are scheduled to have an open-mike format with any subject open for discussion.