Coffee and Conversation with Curt Hagman,
California’s Assemblyman for the 60th District
It was a clear winter day in sunny southern California- another calm day in the city of La Mirada. A few moments of hustle and bustle among the people, but largely not too many worries in the expressions of those at the La Mirada Theater Shopping Center.
At a local coffee shop, a mother meeting with her daughter and grandson; a business executive with his laptop and ideas; were all keeping distant company. Just then a few others began to arrive. Two, five, ten and finally about fifteen people came to the shop’s veranda. All were involved in conversation about things that obviously mattered to them. Some expressions were full of worry, some expressions were of anger- all these expressions were filled with concern.
A man began taking questions and providing what answers he could to the concerns of these people. They were everyday concerns: “I’m a teacher and am always concerned about losing my job. What’s happening in Sacramento to help our students and teachers excel in California’s rough environment?” Another asked, “My family is in Northern California where jobs are being lost in the farming industry because water has been shut off by the state. When will that get turned back on and the jobs and livelihood be restored to them?” More and more questions came to him, about the safety of their families and job creation and other everyday concerns of the American-mind. None of these people came for politically correct answers, they came for answers they could comfort their families with- answers they could use. Some even came for the coffee but stayed for the conversation.
Parents, athletes, business men, students, were all there for a bit of hope. Curt Hagman was the director of the conversation and he tried to give them that hope. He seems to know that no one in La Mirada, or any other middle-class American city, wanted to talk politics- they didn’t come to discuss processes or bills. They come to their leaders with hopes to resolve issues, and leaders that have no resolutions or hope, make it a game of politics.
(Thank you to Curt Hagman for not being one to play that game!)
Editor’s note: This post is a response to an appearance by Hagman at Panera Bread in La Mirada on Jan. 9. Although that was a month ago, the sentiment expressed is as valid and relevant today as it would have been if it had been submitted earlier. See my original post here.
Also see my post about Amy Hemsley here.