I am writing to invite you to participate in a Virtual Town Hall on how California’s farm-to-table supply chain is faring under the enormous pressures of the Coronavirus pandemic. We’ll be exploring these issues as dairies are dumping milk and farmers are plowing under crops because restaurant closures have sharply limited their purchases.

This event will be Thursday, April 23, at 2 p.m.

My guests will include representatives of California farmers, farmworkers, the restaurant industry and our local farmers markets.

We will be discussing the challenges our farms and farmworkers face in growing and harvesting crops and getting them to market. We will also discuss ways in which we all can help support them by patronizing restaurants when possible and shopping at our farmers markets, which have adapted to make their markets safe under trying conditions.

You may join this conversation starting at 2 p.m. Thursday by streaming the audio over my website at https://sd07.senate.ca.gov/.

We will also have a limited number of listen-only telephone lines available. Shortly before 2 p.m.. Thursday, call 877-226-8189 and use this access code:  8344387 #

Because of the number of participants, we will be taking only written questions for this conversation. Please submit any questions you may have before or during the call to [email protected]

You may submit questions whether or not you intend to participate.

Recordings of my first 13 Coronavirus Town Halls are already on my web site.

The topics are:

  • Can COVID-19 Testing Re-Open the Bay Area? (April 21)
  • New Discoveries About COVID-19 (April 16)
  • Distance Learning: Tips for Parents (April 14)
  • Unemployment and medical leave benefits (April 8)
  • Grocery/Pharmacy Shopping, home delivery and store curbside pick-up (April 2)
  • Small Business Relief (March 31)
  • Pet Safety (March 24)
  • Coping With Stress from the Pandemic (March 22)
  • The Unfolding Health Crisis, With Sen. Richard Pan, M.D. (March 19)
  • Food and Grocery Supply Chain and Product Shortages (March 17)
  • School Shutdowns (March 16)
  • Hospital Capacity and Preparedness (March 15)
  • The Nature of the Virus and the Public Health Response (March 10).

These town halls are part of my effort to use my office to bring you accurate and up-to-date information from trusted sources. In these difficult times, I believe that access to reliable information is the best way we can arm ourselves to deal with the health, economic and personal issues that the pandemic has thrust upon us.

On my web site, which my team has redesigned to focus on COVID-19, you can also find information, links and key documents on the following topics:

•           Health, including the text of the Bay Area Stay-at-Home orders.

•           Business and Labor issues, including small business grants and  loans, unemployment insurance, and paid medical and family leave.

•           Education, including the school closures, distance learning and meals available to children even while they are learning from home.

•           Food, including information on food banks and delivery of meals to seniors and other vulnerable people.

•           Housing, including the latest information on the suspension of evictions

•           The Department of Motor Vehicle and its plans to provide services during the shutdown.

•           State and local government, with links to the latest actions taken by Gov. Gavin Newsom and Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

I know that these developments have created great stress on everyone. Thank you for taking the time to be as informed as possible so we can keep each other safe.


Steve Glazer

 California State Senator Steve Glazer – District 07

Senate District 7 is based in Northern California’s Contra Costa and Alameda counties, encompassing unincorporated areas and the communities of Alamo, Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Discovery Bay, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.