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Simitian Swearing-In Events to Feature Award-Winning Documentary Film

Newly elected Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian will be featuring the screening of a new documentary titled, The Waiting Room, during his Palo Alto and San Jose swearing-in ceremonies on March 17th and 19th, respectively.
Simitian assumed office on January 7, 2013, and said he hopes to use the traditional ceremonial swearing-in exercise as “an opportunity to shine a light on the healthcare challenges we face both here in the County and across the country.”
Following a brief swearing-in ceremony, Simitian will screen The Waiting Room, an award winning film about an Oakland public hospital struggling to care for its multifaceted community and how our common vulnerability to illness binds us together. 
The Washington Post writes: “If I could choose one film to play in the White House screening room this year, it would be The Waiting Room.”
Admission to both events is free. The Oath of Office will be administered by Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo on March 17th and by President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Ken Yeager on March 19th. The screening is co-sponsored by The Health Trust, a Silicon Valley foundation dedicated to advancing healthy communities.
Simitian said he chose The Waiting Room because he found it “compelling in the story it tells and the issues it raises.”
Brief swearing-in ceremony followed by the screening of The Waiting Room. The events will conclude with a Q&A session with Supervisor Simitian and Producer Bill Hirsch.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Palo Alto Children’s Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301
11:00 a.m. – Swearing in ceremony
11:15 a.m. – Movie screening
12:35 p.m. – Q&A session and light refreshments
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Board Chambers, County Government Center
70 West Hedding Street
San Jose, CA  95110
11:15 a.m. – Swearing in ceremony
11:30 a.m. – Movie screening
12:50 p.m. – Q&A session and light refreshments
Please visit to view the film trailer.
The events are free, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, visit:
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell, Office of Public Affairs 408-299-5119;
Christine Stavem, Office of Supervisor Joe Simitian, (408) 299-5050 or (650) 289-9038
Posted: March 13, 2013