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Congresswoman still feels support

By Hank Sims, Daily Planet staff
Monday December 10, 2001

OAKLAND – “It’s nice to be home,” said 9th District Rep. Barbara Lee, as she entered a town hall meeting to a standing ovation. 

Around 300 Lee constituents showed up for the Congresswoman’s meeting Saturday morning. While many came to talk about specific pieces of legislation, the majority simply wanted to show their support for Lee’s contrary position on the war in Afghanistan and related matters. 

The theme of the meeting, which was held at the Ronald Dellums Federal Building in Oakland, was security and safety in the wake of Sept. 11. Many representatives from local city and county governments – as well as the state Office of Emergency Services and the FBI – were on hand to discuss the East Bay’s level of preparedness for terrorist attacks and natural disasters. 

Lee said that the local governments in her district have been exemplary in their response to the crisis. 

“I am very proud and pleased about the way our county has come together,” she said. “[Local agencies] have been