Lynwood’s Mayor Aide Castro was invited to Washington D.C. by Congresswoman Janice Hahn (D-44th District) to attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. This was Mayor Castro’s first trip to Washington which was, she assures, well worth the freezing weather that she had to endure. The Mayor was given a tour of the White House, the U.S. Capitol and, most importantly, was able to join the Congresswoman in the House Chambers to listen to the President speak.
“It was an awesome experience,” said Mayor Castro. “I was very happy to hear the President touch on issues that matter to my community, such as immigration, doing what we need to do to make the economy grow, and it felt good to hear him talk about minimum wage and how important that is to him.” Still, she said that she would have liked for the President to talk more about economic growth and immigration reform.
While awaiting the President’s address, Mayor Castro also had the opportunity to meet and greet the Democratic members of the House of Representatives at a reception. “Not only did I get a better understanding of how the politics in D.C. work, but I also had the opportunity to talk to several people about Lynwood, so that they can understand what Lynwood is about so that when it comes to federal funds, they know what we need to continue moving forward in a progressive manner.”
Meeting with the Director of the Small Business Administration (SBA) was an important feat for the Mayor. “The heart of Lynwood are our small businesses, they’re the ones who keep us going, they’re the ones who are hiring and bringing jobs to the table, so it is our job, as a Council to find ways to help our small businesses,” said the Mayor. “The main topic was giving small businesses access to capital and finding ways to help them survive in this economy so that they in turn can help the local economies. As an elected official, I am very supportive of small businesses, it’s my job.” Mayor Castro added that the SBA will be in town soon to provide small business owners with a workshop that will provide them with the resources and tools to stay strong in today’s current economy.
“The opportunity to see President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in person was awesome,” Mayor Castro added. “But more importantly, I brought back with me new ideas of what we as elected officials can do to help our community.”