Past Tele-Town Halls

   

 

Thank you for staying home and doing your part to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). For as long as our public health orders prohibit large in-person gatherings, I will be hosting  Teleconference Town Halls to provide all of you with a forum to express your concerns and learn about the virus as well as any resources and services available to you. Our primary goal is to help you and your loved ones stay as safe and healthy as possible during this crisis. Please check back here following our tele-town halls to download a recording or to locate any of the programs or resources we discussed. 


Past Tele-Town Halls 

 
 
   

 

Thursday, August 5, 2020

I hosted a tele-town hall discussion with two county public officials about San Diego County’s T3 strategy of Test, Trace, and Treat for combating the spread of COVID-19 and strategies are being used to contain the virus at this point in the pandemic. I was pleased to be joined by: 
 
Nick Macchione | Director of San Diego County’s Health and Human Services, Main Architect of County's "T3" Strategy
Dr. Paul Gothold | Superintendent of San Diego County Office of Education
 
We talked about how experts in epidemiology, public health, and intensive care are working to bring the virus under control and get San Diego County off of the state’s watch list. The discussion also touched on how the county and the state are interacting to make complicated back-to-school decisions that prioritize safety for all while striving to meet the needs of students. 
 
You can listen to an audio recording of our discussion or download a copy.
 

 
 

 

   

 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

I hosted a tele-town hall discussion with Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara about resources available to small businesses during the pandemic and insurance-related issues. Our discussion went in depth on how businesses can access relief and strategies for navigating the difficulties of this pandemic economy. 

I was joined by:
 
  • Ricardo Lara | California Insurance Commissioner   
  • Jamye Pritchett Solorzano | Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration 
  • Xiomara Peña | California Program Director, Small Business Majority 
 
You can listen to an audio recording of our discussion or download a copy.
 

 

 

   
 
Thursday, July 9, 2020
 
I hosted a tele-town hall discussion about Wildfire Preparedness & Emergency Planning. Our discussion went in depth on the dangers of fire season in North County and what you can do to make sure you household is prepared. I was joined by some experts in fire safety and emergency response as well as a representative from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). We touched on the issues of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) and how these events may be complicated by factors realted to the ongoing pandemic. 
 
I was joined by:
 
-Doug Huls | Senior Emergency Services Coordinator, CalOES
-Augie Ghio | Director of Emergency Management, SDG&E
-Sean Mahoney | Regional Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross
-David Harrison | Assistant Director of Emergency Services | City of Carlsbad
 
You can listen to an audio recording of our discussion or download a copy.
 

I hosted a tele-town hall about workforce training & certification programs and their increasingly important role in an adaptive COVID-19 economy. 

The discussion went in depth on the services, programs, and various resources available to individuals or business owners who are looking at retraining their employees and need assistance in order to do so. I was joined by: 
 
- Andy Hall | Chief Impact Officer, San Diego Workforce Partnership
- Linda Kurokawa | Executive Director, Community Education & Workforce Development at MiraCosta College
 
You can listen to an audio recording of our discussion or download a copy.
 


Thursday, May 21, 2020

I hosted a teleconference town hall discussion with Secretary of State Alex Padilla and two local census professionals about the status of the 2020 Census and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on the get-out-the-count effort. Topics covered will included what’s at stake for California in this year’s census, why a complete count is important to ensuring North County San Diego gets its fair share of resources, and how census methods have been adapted during the pandemic. I was pleased to be joined by:
  • Alex Padilla | California Secretary of State
  • Connie Hernandez | Regional Program Manager for Region 10, San Diego & Imperial Counties
  • Dr. Arcela Nuñez-Alvarez | Co-Founder/Co-Director, Universidad Popular
You can listen to an audio recording of our discussion or download a copy.


Thursday, May 14, 2020

I hosted a teleconference town hall discussion about COVID-19 scams with San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan and Deputy DA Brendan McHugh. 

We talked about social security and IRS scams, price gouging, phishing e-mails, and other common types of financial fraud to look out for. We'll also talked about the sure signs of fraud and where you can report fraudulent activity if you believe you may have been the victim of one of these attempts. 

You can listen to an audio recording of our discussion or download a copy.
 

Thursday, May 7, 2020
 
I hosted a discussion on how parents and guardians can support students during COVID-19 with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, two local educators, and a child psychologist. We addressed some of the major questions and concerns we've been hearing from parents and guardians. As more information becomes available on the plan for schools, we will make sure to host another forum to keep parents and guardians informed and empowered to keep their children on track.
 
I was joined by:
  • Tony Thurmond | California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Colleen Hervey | President, Ninth District PTA
  • Kristina Hohmann | Education Specialist, Oceanside Unified School District
  • Dr. Anne Bird | Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, UCSD Health 
You can listen to an audio recording of our discussion or download a copy.


Thursday, April 30, 2020

I hosted a teleconference town hall discussion with some experts about what our county, state, and local organizations are doing to help older adults maintain both mental and physical well-being during this period of change and uncertainty. I was joined by:
 
• Kimberly Gallo | Aging & Independence Services Director, County of San Diego
• Christina Selder | Government & Community Relations Manager, Serving Seniors
• Dr. Steve Huege | Geriatric Psychiatrist, UC San Diego Health
 
You can listen to an audio recording of our discussion or download a copy.
 


Thursday, April 23, 2020

I hosted a teleconference town hall focusing on all of the various forms of financial relief available to our North County small businesses at this time. My guests offered their expertise and answered questions about small business assistance during this crisis. I was joined by:

  • Congressman Mike Levin
  •  California State Treasurer Fiona Ma
  •  Daniel Fitzgerald | Associate Regional Director, San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network

You can listen to an audio recording of our discussion or download a copy.


Thursday, April 9, 2020

I moderated a conversation with a panel of local San Diego County public health and medical professionals about the latest medical advice on the coronavirus and what we can all do to stay healthy. My panel of experts included:

  • Dr. William T. Tseng, AAMD Kaiser Permanente
  • Dr. David Folsom, MD from UC San Diego Health
  • Caroline Smith from the County Office of Strategy & Intergovernmental Affairs

You can listen to an audio recording of our discussion or download a copy.