State Senator Steve Glazer has held six telephone town halls since March 10 on the coronavirus epidemic and the impact it is having on residents of California’s 17th Senate District, which includes Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore. Assembly members Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, 16th Assembly District, and Tim Grayson, 14th Assembly District, also participated in each town hall.
The recorded town halls, covering such topics as mental health; how vulnerable populations can shop for food, medicine and supplies; and how parents can work with their children during school shutdowns can be listened to by calling (402) 970-0847 and entering an access code.
These town halls, their central topic, the experts who participated, and the access codes are:
March 10 – Dr. Ori Tzvieli, acting Contra Costa County health officer, Dr. Arthur Reingold, University of California, Berkeley epidemiologist and expert on the spread of infectious diseases, and Lynn Mackey, Contra Costa County superintendent of education, explained the nature of the coronavirus and the steps federal, state and local health officials are taking to contain it. Access code: 5392575#
March 15 – Dr. Erica Pan, Alameda County health officer and an expert on infectious disease emergencies, Marty Ardron, Kaiser Permanente senior vice president and manager of the Diablo Service Area, and Dr. Russell Rodriguez, medical director for John Muir Health’s emergency departments, discussed steps local health officials and medical providers are taking to contain the coronavirus and their plans for dealing with the virus if it continues to spread. Access code: 6107048#
March 16 – Karen Monroe, Alameda County superintendent of schools, Kelly Bowers, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District superintendent, Robert Martinez, Mt. Diablo Unified School District superintendent, and Dr. Tzvieli, acting Contra Costa County health officer discussed how school shutdowns would work. Access code: 3936615#
March 17 – Kelly Ash, California Grocers vice president of government relations, Victoria Castro representing SaveMart, which operates FoodMaxx & Lucky’s, Chelsea Minor, head of public affairs for Raley’s, Maureen Cormier, CVS Health division vice president, and Stefan Vanwyk, Rite-Aid division pharmacy leader, addressed the challenges of shopping for food, medicine and other necessities during the coronavirus crisis. Access code: 1991783
March 19 – Dr. Richard Pan, a practicing pediatrician in Sacramento and chairman of the state Senate Health Committee, discussed the nature of the coronavirus, its spread, and what individuals can do to minimize the risk of infection. Access code: 9965261
March 22 – Clinical psychologist Dr. Ali Mattu discussed the effects that stress can have on mental, emotional and physical health, and how families can cope under the statewide stay-at-home order. Access code: 6790989.