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Rep. Napolitano's Employment Fair Draws Thousands

October 28, 2009
Press Release

(Pico Rivera, CA) – An estimated 3000-5000 people attended Rep. Grace Napolitano’s 3rd annual job fair at El Rancho High School on Saturday, Oct. 24, each looking for work, help with their resume, or just a chance to meet face-to-face with a hiring employer. Participants met with government agencies, private employers, and received free hair cuts and other services.

“This is what an event should look like, when all the partners come together,” Napolitano said to the crowd. “Your taxes pay for these resources, so use them, hold us accountable.”

Participants at the job fair included the Norwalk Employment Development Department, the U.S. Census, California Highway Patrol, the County of Los Angeles, the Internal Revenue Service, and many private employers, including local drug stores, retail outlets, package delivery services, passenger rail services and other businesses looking to hire. The American GI forum and Veteran’s Administration were there to provide services to veterans, and Montebello Beauty College provided free hair cuts to those job-seekers looking to make a good first impression.

“It’s interesting to see how everyone here is helped,” said Antonio Cardenas, a resident of nearby Santa Fe Springs. “Hopefully I can get a job now after being laid off for two months,” said another man who arrived looking for work.

“This was the highest turnout we’ve ever had,” said Ben Cardenas, Napolitano’s District Director. “It just shows what a great need there is for jobs, and we were grateful to have so many employers on hand willing to hire.”