Virtual Town Halls

Virtual Town Hall Archives

Senator Steve Glazer has held 20 Virtual Town Halls to make experts available to answer constituents’ questions about this dangerous virus, how our public and private institutions are handling it, and what we can do as individuals to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. Senator Glazer and his guests answered questions from the public. Senator Glazer has been joined in these calls by Assembly members Rebecca Bauer-Kahan and Tim Grayson.

To listen to most of the virtual town halls, you can directly click onto the recordings. For other recordings, please call  (402) 970-0847 and use the access code for the specific town hall listed below.

A Conversation with African-American Community Leaders/June 2

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and ensuing protests, Senator Glazer led a conversation with African-American leaders of his Senate district to discuss how we can heal police-community relations.
Guests:
Thomas Hansen, Brentwood Police Chief
Monica Wilson, Antioch City Councilwoman
Lamar Thorpe, Antioch City Councilman
Claudette Staton, Brentwood City Councilwoman
Merl Craft, Pittsburg City Councilwoman
Shagoofa Khan, Community Activist
 
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The Future of Restaurants/May 28

Senator Glazer led a conversation about how restaurants are faring under COVID-19 and what they are doing to adjust to Shelter-In-Place conditions. World-renowned restaurant consultant Paul Pruitt joined the panel to help lead a discussion of re-imagining the world of dining out.

Guests were:

  • Matt Sutton, senior VP of government affairs for the California Restaurant Association
  • Lynn Tei, co-owner of Zephyr’s Grill & Bar in Brentwood & Livermore, and Smith’s Landing in Antioch.
  • Ed Westmoreland, owner of Eddie Papa's American Hangout in Pleasanton
  • Paul Pruitt, Founder/Principle of New School Consultants
  • Loella Haskew, Mayor of Walnut Creek
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Possible New Tools To Warn about Exposure to Coronavirus/May 21

Senator Glazer led a conversation about tools being used to warn people about exposure to COVID-19. Included in the discussion was an explanation of a new mobile phone app people could download to alert them if they’ve been around someone who later tests positive for the virus. While the information wouldn’t include names, there are still concerns about privacy and how the apps might be used.

Guests were:

  • Ben Christopher, a journalist reporting extensively on this topic
  • Dr. George Rutherford, M.D., a UCSF professor who is leading a new effort to train thousands of Californians to trace the contacts of those who test positive.
  • Tina White, a Stanford University researcher and head of COVID Watch, which is developing an app to warn you if you’ve encountered someone who has tested positive.
  • Jake Snow, an expert on contact tracing and privacy issues with the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Journalists Reporting the News During COVID-19/May 5

Bay Area journalists joined Senator Glazer in his 17th Coronavirus virtual town hall to talk about how they are reporting the news during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Guests were:

  • Julie Haener, news anchor for KTVU-2
  • Doug Sovern, reporter for KCBS (740 AM) radio
  • Laura Anthony, reporter for ABC7 KGO

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What's In the New Stay-At-Home Orders/April 30

In his 16th Virtual Town Hall on the Coronavirus, Senator Glazer led a discussion about the latest Contra Costa County Stay-at-Home Orders, changes in the order that will allow more activities, and what indicators local health officials will be watching as they consider further changes in the weeks ahead.
 
Guests:
  • Dr. Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa County’s top Public Health Officer
  • Candace Andersen, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Chair 
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    NEW: BAY AREA HEALTH OFFICERS’ INDICATORS FOR ASSESSING PROGRESS ON CONTAINING COVID-19

    Please click here for more information on how Bay Area health officers will assess progress in containing COVID-19

    Are Nursing Homes Safe?/ April 28

    Senator Glazer led a discussion about the safety of patients and staff at our nursing homes during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 
     
    This event, Senator Glazer’s 15th Virtual Town Hall during the Coronavirus crisis, is available in the audio box below.

    The guests were:
    • Anita Chabria, covers California state politics and policy for the Los Angeles Times and is based in Sacramento.
    • Craig Cornett is the CEO/President of the California Association of Health Facilities.
    • Joel Goldman is a senior partner in the Senior Housing and Care Practice Group at Hanson Bridgett LLP.  
    • Mike Dark, staff attorney at California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, a San Francisco-based non-profit that advocates for people in long term care.
    • Nicole Howell, the Executive Director for Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, Solano and Alameda.
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    Is the Fresh Food Supply Chain Breaking Down?/April 23

    Senator Glazer spoke to experts about how California’s farm-to-table supply chain is faring under the enormous pressures of the Coronavirus pandemic. He explored these issues as dairies are dumping milk and farmers are plowing under crops because restaurant closures have sharply limited their purchases.
     
    This event, Senator Glazer’s 14th Virtual Town Hall during the Coronavirus crisis, is available in the audio box below.

    The guests were:
    • Jamie Johansson, president of the California Farm Bureau
    • Estella M. Cisneros, Regional Director of Advocacy, Agricultural Worker Program, California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
    • Matt Sutton, senior vice president of government affairs for the California Restaurant Association
    • Ben Palazzolo, Direct of marketing for the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association, which manages markets in Dublin, Concord and Brentwood as well as other locations throughout the Bay Area.

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    Is Testing the Way Out?/April 21

    Senator Glazer spoke with two local public health officials and a San Francisco Chronicle reporter about California’s readiness to use widespread testing for COVID-19 to relax the stay-at-home orders that have been used to control the spread of the virus.

    This event, Senator Glazer’s 13th Virtual Town Hall during the Coronavirus crisis, is available in the audio box below.

    The guests were:

    • Ori Tzvieli, Contra Costa County Deputy Health Officer 
    • Kimi Watkins-Tartt, Alameda County Public Health Director,
    • Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle health reporter

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    What We've Learned About COVID-19/April 16

    Senator Glazer heard from three medical experts on what we’ve learned about COVID-19 since the disease was first found in California two months ago.

    This event, Senator Glazer’s 12th Virtual Town Hall during the Coronavirus crisis, is available in the audio box below.

    The guests were:

    • Dr. Annie Luetkemeyer, a physician, professor and clinical researcher at UC San Francisco, and an expert on the spread of infectious disease.
    • Dr. Tom Sugarman, an Emergency Department doctor at Sutter Delta Hospital in Antioch.
    • Dr. Chi Perlroth, an Emergency Department doctor at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek and past president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, CA chapter.

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    Parental Survival Skills for Distance Learning/April 14

    Senator Glazer discussed distance learning and what parents can do to help their children while schools remain shut down for the rest of the current school year by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.

    This event, Senator Glazer’s 11th Virtual Town Hall during the Coronavirus crisis, is available in the audio box below.

    The guest was:

    • Denise Pope, an author and lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

    For a look at tips experts are offering parents as a guide to distance learning with their children, please read this.

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    Securing Unemployment Benefits/April 8.

    Access Code: 1234157#

    Senator Glazer hosted two lawyers from Legal Aid At Work to discuss unemployment benefits, medical and family leave, and other programs.

    The guests were:

    • George Warner, a lawyer and fellow at Legal Aid At Work’s Wage Protection Program, and
    • Jenna Gerry, senior staff attorney at Legal Aid At Work, a non-profit organization based in the Bay Area that advocates for workers and provides individual counseling for low and middle-income employees. Please visit their website here.

    For information on how to secure unemployment benefits in response to COVID-19, please visit the Department of Employment Development site here.

    For more employment resources, please visit my Business/Employment Resources page on this website.

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    Grocery & Pharmacy Shopping/April 2.

    Access Code: 1234157#

    Senator Glazer hosted representatives from Safeway and Rite Aid to discuss the latest developments affecting our ability to safely obtain groceries and medication during the pandemic, including the grocery and pharmacy supply chain, home delivery and store curbside pick-ups.

    The guests were:

    • Brad Street, president of Safeway’s Northern California Division
    • Stefan Vanwyk, divisional vice president for Rite-Aid

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    Small Business/March 31

    Access Code: 3044296#

    Senator Glazer hosted three small business experts to discuss the effects of the pandemic and the economic shutdown on small businesses and their employees. The conversation also detailed the state and federal assistance available.

    The guests were:

    • Zae Perrin, president and CEO of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Scott Rogalski, associate director of the Small Business Development Corporation for Northern California
    • Mark Herbert, California Vice President for Small Business Majority

    Here are links to their web sites and other resources:

     

    Pet Safety/March 24:

    Access Code: 8825803#

    Senator Glazer had a discussion with animal professionals on how to care for their pets during coronavirus, and on issues such as whether pets can transmit COVID-19; how to exercise safely with pets that comply with social distancing and stay-at-home orders; how animal shelters are operating during this crisis.

    The guests were:

    • Dr. Janice Cain, a veterinarian at the Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center in San Ramon https://www.webvets.com/
    • Melanie Sadek, executive director of the Valley Humane Society, which has a shelter in Pleasanton https://valleyhumane.org/
    • Brandy Kuentzel, general counsel and advocacy director, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in San Francisco. https://www.sfspca.org/

    Here’s a form you can fill out to help another person or agency care for your pet if you are unable to do so:

    https://valleyhumane.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Emergency-Pet-Profile.pdf

    Also, please visit www.avma.org for questions you may have on care for your pet during Coronavirus.

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    Coping Skills/March 22

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    Senator Glazer discussed the effects of stress the Coronavirus crisis has had on our mental, emotional and physical health; how families can cope as they remain under a stay-at-home order throughout California. 

    Guest was:

    • Ali Mattu, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist

    For mental health assistance go to the California Psychologists Association Website, www.cpapsych.org.

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    Future Outlook/March 19

    Access Code: 9965261#

    Senator Steve Glazer was joined by Dr. Richard Pan, who is a practicing pediatrician in Sacramento and chairman of the Senate Health Committee.

    Senator Glazer and Dr. Pan discussed the nature of the Coronavirus, its spread, and what public health experts are saying about the implications of the epidemic’s current rate of growth.

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    Food Shortage/March 17

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    Senator Glazer  addressed issues with shopping for food, medicine and other necessities of life during this time of crisis. Discussion centered on the situation at grocery stores and pharmacies in our community, and on how they are working to keep their shelves stocked and their workforce and customers safe from infection.

    The guests were: 

    • Kelly Ash, vice president of government relations for the California Grocers Assn.
    • Victoria Castro of SaveMart, which operates the FoodMaxx & Lucky’s stores in our area.
    • Chelsea  Minor, head of public affairs for Raleys
    • Maureen Cormier, division vice president of CVS Health
    • Stefan Vanwyk, division pharmacy leader for Rite-Aid.

    School Shutdowns/March 16

    Access code: 3936615#

    Senator Glazer was joined by the Contra Costa County Health Officer to discuss the Shelter in Place order and three school superintendents explaining how the school shutdowns will work.

    The guests were:

    • Karen Monroe, Alameda County superintendent of schools
    • Kelly Bowers, Livermore Valley Union School district superintendent
    • Robert Martinez, Mt. Diablo Unified Superintendent
    • Dr. Ori Tzvieli, Acting Contra Costa County Health Officer

    Hospital Preparedness/March 15

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      Senator Glazer was joined by Alameda County’s top public health official and medical leaders from Kaiser Permanente and John Muir Health, who discussed steps local health officials and medical providers are taking to contain the virus and their plans for dealing with the virus if it continues to spread.
       
      The guests were:

      • Dr. Erica Pan, Alameda County Health Officer and an expert on infectious disease emergencies.
      • Marty Ardron,  Kaiser Permanente‘s Senior Vice President and Area Manager of the Diablo Service Area, overseeing two hospitals, six medical office buildings and three mental health clinics in an area stretching from Antioch to Livermore.
      • Dr. Russell Rodriguez, Medical Director of John Muir Health’s Emergency Departments.

      Virus Review March 10

      Access code: 5392575#

      Sen. Glazer spoke with Bay area leaders and experts, who explained the nature of the coronavirus and the steps federal, state and local health officials are taking to contain it. They also discussed contingency plans schools are making should the virus continue to spread.

      The guests were:

      • Dr. Ori Tzvieli, M.D., acting Contra Costa County Health Officer
      • Dr. Arthur Reingold, UC Berkeley epidemiologist and expert on the spread of infectious diseases
      • Lynn Mackey, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Education.