Congressman plans stop in Crescent City

Adam Spencer, The Triplicate

A meet-and-greet pancake breakfast with U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman will be held Saturday morning from 8:30andndash;10:30 a.m. at the Del Norte Senior Center, 1765 Northcrest Drive, Crescent City.

The first annual event, hosted by the Del Norte Democratic Central Committee, offers all community members a chance to engage in a community dialogue with Huffman, D-San Rafael representing Del Norte, about the national matters in Congress and issues of concern more specific to the North Coast.

The campaign event costs $10 to attend and will include a "hearty breakfast, good company, and a great discussion with Representative Huffman," according to an event statement.

Huffman has recently spoken out againstthe Bureau of Reclamation's decision to not release extra Trinity River water to prevent a salmon kill in the Lower Klamath River, a decision that has been sharply criticized by the Yurok, Hoopa and Karuk Tribes, who depend on healthy salmon runs for their livelihood.

On another fish-specific issue,Huffman co-sponsored an amendment that would save West Coast fishermen $2.4 million by suspending for a year the collection of a cost-recovery fee in the West Coast Trawl Rationalization Program and provide some relief to groundfish fishermen.

Huffman has taken a specific interest in helping Del Norte County and Caltrans officials find a long-term solution to the notoriously unstable section of Highway 101 south of Crescent City known as Last Chance Grade.

In July, Huffman introduced "Investing for Tomorrow's Schools Act of 2014," a bill that would help rebuild schools and libraries and upgrade broadband capacities through cost-saving, energy-efficient technologies.

Huffman, along with nearly 100 other Democrats, also recently co-sponsored a bill that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which allows limitless campaign spending and has opened the floodgates for millions of dollars from undisclosed funders.

Earlier this summer, Huffman introduced an amendment to help Californians deal with this year's historic drought by providing $52 million for water-saving conservation, reuse and recycling infrastructure projects, offset by reducing funding fornon-military nuclear power research. The amendment was defeated.

Reach Adam Spencer at aspencer@triplicate.com .

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