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(Video) Protester Ejected from Congressman's Town Hall

Fred Coronel, an activist from Glendale, was ejected after disrupting a town hall hosted by Congressman Xavier Becerra on Tuesday night.

A "coffee" hosted by Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) at the New World Open Academy in Koreatown drew more than 100 constituents on Tuesday evening, many of whom had questions about the role he would play on a 12-member deficit reduction committee.

Becerra, whose congressional district includes Mount Washington, Highland Park, Echo Park, Eagle Rock and parts of Hollywood, is charged with helping to devise a plan to reduce the nation's deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years.

Many constituents asked Becerra to affirm his support of programs like Medicare and Social Security, while others asked that he not support any plan that would raise taxes.

However, Fred Coronel, an activist from Glendale, used the town hall session as an outlet to express his rage over the mere existence of the super congress.

Coronel shouted across the auditorium that Becerra was "playing games" with the public by participating in the so called "Super Congress." Coronel also adamantly declared that the "Super Congress" was "unconstitutional." 

He was dragged out of the auditorium by several LAPD officers, after refusing Becerra's request that he not interrupt the town hall's question and answer session.

After the meeting, Coronel stood in front of the New Open World Academy and distributed campaign literature for the LaRouche Political Action Committee, a group formed by perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche.

Locals Attend Coffee to Learn, Have Say

Ramon Muniz of Cypress Park was one of the many constituents who traveled to the New Open World Center for Becerra's coffee session.

"I'm here to catch up and get some detailed information on the committee of 12," Muniz said.

Muniz listed his primary concerns as immigration reform and job creation.

Stephen Smith, of Eagle Rock, was one of the constituents to attend the coffee who did not describe himself as a Becerra supporter. In fact, Smith launched a failed bid to unseat the congressman in 2010.

He said he came to the town hall to urge Becerra to compromise with his Republican counterparts as member of the super congress.

"I think he has a great chance to have his Nixon in China moment," Smith said. "He needs to put aside blame and focus on finding common ground."

Smith, who had a chance to address Becerra at the podium during the coffee, said America would not be able to solve its current debt problem by taxing the rich.

For his part, Becerra said he would hold true to his convictions by attempting to protect what he considered invaluable social programs. However, he said in order for compromise to be made, he had to put everything on the table.

"I need to be able to say to [Republicans] that [Social Security] is there on the table. But, before we leave it on the table to find savings, they're going to need to prove to me why it deserves to be cut," Becerra said. "I believe I can win that argument."

Victor Lorenzo, of Koreatown, said Tuesday's was the first town hall session he had ever attended.

"I'm just here to explore and see what this stuff is all about," Lorenzo said. "It's my first time."

Ken Camp September 01, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Despite my own problems with Becerra (remember when he and Nick Pacheco had a Gloria Molina impersonator call Angelenos on the phone to spread slander about Villaraigosa?) I have a greater problem with the uncivil tea baggers who shout and scream and vomit in your face, bring guns to town hall meetings. insist that they and everyone else in the trailer court don't need to pay taxes (talk about special rights!) and generally make everyone miserable because they want something for nothing.
Ken Camp September 01, 2011 at 07:25 PM
However, Kathy calling Becerra "a far left liberal" only shows how far right she is. Becerra is so moderate he could disappear into thin air, yet to some wingnuts he is practically a "Communist," a tired old 50s term.
Mark Reback October 18, 2011 at 05:19 PM
Time for the corporations and super rich to pay more in taxes. They did not make their profits without help from the other 99% of us. The workers of society provided the labor, and the corporations have received tons of subsidies and assistance from our government, and it's high time to close the tax loopholes and subsidies and for corporations and their CEO's to pay their fair share back in to our society. Some facts: - The 400 wealthiest Americans have a greater combined net worth than the bottom 150 million Americans (more than half of all Americans). (http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2011/mar/10/michael-moore/michael-moore-says-400-americans-have-more-wealth-/) - The top 1 percent of Americans possess more wealth than the entire bottom 90 percent. (http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/10/about-that-99-percent/) - From 2002 to 2007, 65 percent of economic gains went to the richest 1 percent thanks to the Bush/Cheney tax cuts to the rich. (http://elsa.berkeley.edu/~saez/atkinson-piketty-saezJEL10.pdf) TAX THE RICH!
Susan R December 27, 2011 at 03:14 PM
And, I agree Obama should not have bailed out banks and car makers. The free market should rule.
Mark Reback December 27, 2011 at 06:43 PM
The bailout of the big banks + Wall Street was approved and started by the Bush + Cheney administration! You and millions of other Americans need to get the facts straight and stop blaming Obama for everything under the sun: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20013452-503544.html

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