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City Club Presentation by Former U.S. Congressman David Camp; Night Market in Asiatown

On Friday, June 24th, we went to the City Club to hear a presentation by former U.S. Congressman David L. Camp who was Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means from 2010 to 2014.

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He said that tax reform was his passion and, from the conservative point-of-view, made an excellent case regarding the need for it. He contended that taxes were too high for corporations and the entire process was not promoting the stability needed to promote long-term economic growth.

We had the U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed the non-implementation of DACA and DAPA in the back of our minds so we asked him about immigration reform. Congressman Lamb acknowledged that this was a pressing issue but no one could agree on what to do about it. He, himself, said that he believed that we do need to know who is coming in and going out of our country. He predicted that it would figure quite prominently in the U.S. Presidential election this year.

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At lunch, we shared a table with Mr. F. Eric Jochum, Attorney at Law who has an office in Gates Mills, and his daughter, Ms. Maura Jochum who used to work for U.S. Congressman David Joyce and now works at Jones Day. As it turned out, Mr. Jochum is a good friend of Dr. Javier Lopez, who we used to work with when we worked for former U.S. Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich.

Immigration reform came up again in a conversation that we had with Mr. Matthew Wilhelm, Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PWC) about the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. Mr. Wilhelm told us that he watched an immigration lawyer from Europe speak about it in-depth on TV about how this will affect future immigration policies between the UK and Europe. We are very anxious to follow this too and look forward to developments in the next few weeks and months.

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Friday night we went, for the first time, to the "Night Market" in Asiatown at Rockwell and 21st Street. We talked to Mr. Josh Maxwell, Creative Director and Event Organizer, who told us that this summer series was started last year in 2015 and has been very successful.

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There were an abundance of people there and sometimes it was tough to turn around as we walked through the rows of vendors. One man saw our name tag so he walked over and shook our hand saying that he had the same first and last name.

We ran into our friend Mr. David Badagnani with the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble who told us that his group had performed there an hour earlier and urged us to try a "shaved snow" dessert produced by the SnowBros Shavery so we did and found it to be a delicious; an interesting blend of shaved ice, ice cream and various beans and berries. We also sampled "kimchi" for the first time which is a spicy combination of cabbage, onions and garlic and spices.

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Due to the crowd, we had a tough time seeing the acts performing on the main stage but we enjoyed standing and the corner and watching a really off-beat band named "Miss Macy and the Low Pay Daddys" and bumped into (and those are the words) several good friends of ours like Mr. Eduardo Munoz of MetroHealth and Ms. Anastasia Palacios.

We participated in a survey put together by a person from the University of Massachusetts Amherst whose purpose was "to better understand the aspects of place-making events that contribute to a sustainable and well-rounded community."

We had never been there before and thus didn't know what to expect and thus we found "Night Market" to be a very pleasant surprise and we hope we can work another visit into our schedule on either July 29th, August 26th, or September 30th

By:

Michael Patterson 

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC

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