Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee kicked off her new job as Alameda’s representative in the House on Monday by announcing plans to help constituents who are having issues with the federal government. Lee’s office will hold office hours at the Main Library from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

“So many times, people get bogged down with federal agencies. We really try to bring government closer to people, and to be your advocate,” Lee told a small crowd heavily studded with local electeds during a stop at the library Monday afternoon.

Democrats will leap some high hurdles in their quest for national office this fall, Congresswoman Barbara Lee told a rapt audience at the Alameda Democratic Club on Wednesday, but she’s optimistic they’ll succeed in clearing them.

Redistricting efforts mean that Alameda will have a new Congressional representative come November for the first time in two decades. So how different will the representation of our likely new rep, Barbara Lee, be from our current one, Pete Stark?

“I don’t think it will change that much,” said Elizabeth Bergman, an assistant political science professor at California State University, East Bay.