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A marketplace of political thoughts

July 09, 2005

Mark Humphrey and Robert Chacon

On the morning of a devastating terrorist attack in London, Rep. Adam

Schiff paid a visit to the Glendale Farmer's Market at Brand

Boulevard and Wilson Avenue, where constituents were eager to hear

his thoughts on the morning's events and related issues.

Schiff has been visiting farmer's markets within his district,

which includes Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena, for three months now.

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"Generally, two types of people come here: those who are aware

that I'll be here and come with questions on specific issues, and

those who don't know I'm coming and tend to ask a broader range of

questions," Schiff said.

Schiff answered questions at a booth and also proceeded to walk

around the farmer's market, introducing himself to shoppers and

shaking hands with vendors.

Constituents at the farmer's market generally asked Schiff about

foreign and international concerns such as the morning's bombings in

London, which killed 37, and the ongoing conflict in Iraq.

"Every voice for peace adds to the clamor to stop the madness in

Iraq," said La Crescenta resident Sharon Weisman, who came to see

Schiff.

Attendees also asked Schiff for his thoughts on a wide swath of

domestic issues, including but not limited to the Patriot Act and the

Supreme Court seat recently vacated Sandra Day O'Connor.

"Ideally, we would like to get someone [on the Supreme Court] with

the same pragmatism as Sandra Day O'Connor," Schiff told inquisitive

constituents. "We'd also like to see someone selected who everyone

supports. After all, Sandra Day O'Connor was confirmed by a 99-0

vote."

Not everyone was satisfied with the answers that Schiff gave.

"I've talked to people [in the Middle East] who have told me that

the way the Americans are treating the Iraqi people is terrible,"

said Glendale resident Irena Varjabedian, who came to ask about

holding a town hall meeting to discuss Iraq. "The congressman did not

agree with what I had to say, unfortunately," Varjabedian said.

Schiff, though, is aware that it is difficult to please everyone.

"Every farmer's market offers a different sort of interaction; no

two are the same," Schiff said. "Really, it's a nice opportunity for

people to come buy some fresh produce and get to meet their

representative while they're at it."

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