Harris visits hometown in first trip back to Bay Area since becoming VP


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Vice President Kamala Harris made her first trip back to her hometown in the Bay Area since taking on the second-in-command post.

Harris landed at Oakland International Airport Monday morning after spending the Easter holiday weekend in Los Angeles.

She spent time with Governor Gavin Newsom, Sen. Alex Padilla and Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

The vice president was only in the Bay Area for a few hours, but she spent her time there focusing on jobs, small businesses and the importance of investing in infrastructure.

While in Oakland, Harris toured a facility related to its goal of expanding access to clean drinking water.

“We must understand how precious this resource is,” she said. “We must understand the equities and inequities of distribution and access to clean water, especially clean drinking water. And address it in a way that is about supporting what governments must do at a local, at a state and on a federal level.”

Harris also spoke about the need for more union jobs and called for lead pipes to be replaced to stop water contamination.

After that, the vice president held a listening session with California leaders and a small business owner in Oakland who received financial and technical assistance. 

She will fly back down to L.A. before heading to Chicago on Tuesday for an event on vaccine equity.

Harris was born in Oakland and raised in Berkeley.

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