Photos:  Mr. Lantos goes to Montara


Posted by on Wed, April 19, 2006

Congressman Tom Lantos visited both sides of the Slide today, touring businesses in Pacifica and Montara.  In Montara, he was hosted by Julie Lucchesi, owner of Caffe Lucca on Highway 1 at the entrance to town at noon today.

Lantos spent about an hour at the Caffe, enjoying a sandwich and conversation with Lucchesi and a couple of Montarans.  He expressed his concern and told them that he’d be taking their story back to DC.  In a postmodern moment, it became clear that the importance of the event was to focus the spotlight that follows a congressional visit on the ongoing impact of the closure on our community.  Would TV news have come to the Coastside this week, if they hadn’t had something to put on the screen?

 

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Barry Parr
Inside the media bubble, Congressman Lantos talks to Caffe Lucca owner Julie Lucchesi about the effect of the closure on her business. The good news is that most of her weekday customers are locals.
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Outside the media bubble, Review photographer Leigh Ann Maze, KNTV NBC-11, an unidentified cameraperson, and KGO-TV Channel 7. Not shown: Coastsider photographer Barry Parr.

Maybe Mr Lantos should have travelled in the commute traffic to really get a sense of how the slide closure is effecting our community.

I don’t know when Congressman Lantos was at Cafe Lucca, but I must have just missed him!  It’s just as well… With all the cameras there, I may have made the local news and been forced to explain to my boss why I was sipping on a frappacino in shorts and sandals at 3 in the afternoon.

I take it your boss doesn’t read Coastsider.