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District representative: What I do and how much I make

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my name is Fernanda Morales I'm 27 and I'm a representative for state senator ben allen's office my main responsibilities I would say that the first one would be outreach and that's about sixty percent of my responsibilities in the office and that's going to community meetings whether it's a chamber meeting or a neighborhood council or homeowners association hearing what the issues are there whether it's homelessness in Hollywood or transportation in the mid-city area and really getting to have my hand to the pulse of the community so that I can communicate that to the senator a lot of the times that involves speaking on his behalf when he is in Sacramento for the legislative session so I get to be his proxying in many ways which is exciting and a little it does a little anxiety when I have the public speak but I do enjoy doing that part of my job another 30% of my responsibilities in the offices they are mostly administrative or clerical whether it's planning or setting up logistics for events producing letters or certificates for community members whether it's graduation Eagle Scouts or whatever it may be making sure that I can complete that for for those constituents the last 10% is staffing the senator which means attending with him to different community events letting them know which community members have the questions and the concerns and making sure that he can address them and go to them to get to you know have some one-on-one time and hear them out no one day is the same at my job and I tend to enjoy that back when I was younger I had this fantasy of having this job in which I went to sleep in a different place and where I woke up it was just constantly moving a little bit I realized I could do that in the same place it's just um every minute of the day and every different days different regarding which event I could attend the communities that I represent are so diverse that there's just such a wide array of issues and conversations so I could be at a gala for nonprofit or you know it could be at a neighborhood council meeting talking about planning and some of the issues that the constituents have been encountering there so there's a very wide range and a lot of times it leaks in tonight's very early morning sometimes weekends but when it's it's all different so at least it never gets boring district representatives on average make about anywhere from thirty five thousand dollars to fifty thousand fifty five thousand dollars in my particular case I had some experience before hand in public relations and have been in this similar position for about three years one year of that in the state assembly so my current salary is about forty three thousand dollars or so whenever I was told I had the job I was has what you know what salary I was expecting or what I would you know what I would need and I actually like significantly undershot them just from being paid hourly before I said look I know I'll take thirty thousand and then you know they left first like I said I never we were going to give you thirty five we thought you were going to go higher so if I had been a little fattier I'm sure I could have started up a little higher so my job comes with great benefits when it comes to health care dental and vision and you know it's not the most competitive pay so I think that is something that needs to be taken into consideration as well other than the benefits are some perks to the job and the purse would include having access to certain people that know and they're the specialists of whatever field are in you know I could talk to a professor at UCLA who's been doing you know groundbreaking research on like neurobiology I could talk to a CEO of a tech company and the silicon beach community that's growing at some point I could talk to the secretary of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and I have and it's just it's really exciting to be able to hear it directly from people that are effecting that change in whatever it may be
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