This article was originally published in La Mesa Courier on January 25, 2019 (https://lamesacourier.com/la-
Newly elected District 38 California state Senator Brian Jones organized a district office grand opening after being sworn in on Dec. 3 and invited all of his constituents to visit his East County office in El Cajon on Dec. 18. Jones shared that he wanted to host this event early in his term so that his constituents could “propose their ideas on how to make our state a better place and celebrate the holiday season with community leaders, friends, and neighbors.”
The grand opening was catered with sliders from The Hills Local Pub and popcorn was made by clients of Partnerships With Industry, a nonprofit organization that provides supported employment opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities. In Jones’ new office, each room was filled with more food donated by local businesses including Denny’s, Fifty-Two East Neighborhood Eatery, On the Border, The Coffee Corner, Cooking 4 Life, and Eccentric International Chefs & Bakery.
Jones greeted visitors at a designated area for those that wanted to meet him in person and take a photo with him. Some people caught up with their neighbors around a Christmas tree, and others met with the Senator and his staff to voice their opinions about a variety of issues.
One of the constituents in attendance was Mark Bruno of Poway. When asked why he came to the event, Bruno stated, “I came to wish Senator Jones good luck and congratulate him on his new position in the Senate.” He also shared with Jones that, “Reaching across the aisle is important where you can, but I think you have to hold firm on a lot of issues like spending. We don’t want the state to go back into a deficit.”
Jones encourages anyone that was not able to attend the event to still contact him with any questions or issues by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.