SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – With California reporting a record number of new COVID-19 cases on June 24, KRON-TV hosted a town hall with local mayors to find out how each city is balancing public pressure to reopen and the threat of a surge in virus cases. See how your city is responding to the pandemic below.
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Concord: Addressing the Threat of a Surge
Mayor McGallian was asked “How is your city balancing the threat of a surge and the economic impact of a shutdown?” The mayor’s response is below:
Fremont: Balancing the Need for Jobs
Mayor Mei was asked “Are you satisfied that Tesla is taking proper precautions, and how are you balancing COVID-19 concerns and the need for jobs?” See the mayor’s response below.
Santa Rosa: Managing the Homeless Population
Mayor Schwedhelm was asked: “There are reports few homeless people are wearing masks, social distancing and agreeing to be tested. How is the city addressing those concerns?” See the mayor’s response below.
Oakland: Saving Social Programs
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was also a participant in the town hall. In May, Mayor Schaaf had proposed tapping into Oakland’s $31 million rainy-day fund to offset pandemic losses and save social programs.
Mayor Schaaf was asked “With expenses tied to demonstrations, added to pandemic losses, how will programs that help undeserved communities be affected?” See the mayor’s response below.
Vallejo: Preventing Long-Term Economic Harm
Also on the panel was Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan. The city of Vallejo had already been facing a multi-milion dollar budget deficit before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mayor Sampayan was asked “Is your city reopening at fast enough pace to prevent long-term economic harm?” See the mayor’s response below.
San Rafael: Protecting Renters
Mayor Phillips was asked “What are your worries about renters being forced out once the (eviction) ban is lifted and what will San Rafael do about it? See the mayor’s response below.
Daly City: Keeping Community Healthcare Open
Daly City Mayor Glenn Sylvester was also invited to participate. Seton Medical Center in Daly City was given money by the state to help it operate during the pandemic, but questions remain about its future.
Mayor Sylvester was asked “Is anything being done to keep the hospital open in your community to deal with any future health crisis”.
San Francisco and San Jose
San Francisco Mayor London Breed and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo each participated in a one-on-one interview during the Mayoral Town Hall. You can watch the entire town hall here.
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