Sen. Anderson Holiday Legislative Open House
Last Wednesday evening Toyota of El Cajon got in the Christmas spirit as it was crammed with music, food and thousands of people from California’s 38th district who, instead of buying cars, got to meet and be photographed with their Senate representative, Republican Sen. Joel Anderson, at his 11th annual Holiday Legislative Open House.
Anderson said his main objective for the event was to hear what his constituents had to say.
“This is a chance for my constituents to meet all their elected oficials and tell them what they think,” he said. “I want to hear from my constituents what is important to them so I can represent them to the best of my ability.”
At last year’s open house, Anderson said he and his team collected hundreds of ideas for bills, 10 of which he put into law. He said he hoped to get even more this year.
“We will see how many bill ideas we get,” he said.
The event featured a varitey of local businesses and organizations like El Cajon’s Youth Symphony, whose graceful music filled the space and provided the main sountrack for the event, belting out classics like the “Ode to Joy.”
“When you see and hear how gifted they are, it just makes you proud,” he said.
Anderson said featuring such an array helped emphasize local organizations from the southern end of the district, from places like El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, Alpine, among others, that do positive work.
“We want to put a focus on those who give back to our community and do a fantastic job,” he said. “We want to put a spotlight on all the good things that happen in our community.”