Valley Residents Seek Guidance in Congressman Brad Sherman’s Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall
Sherman Oaks – Last night, thousands of Valley residents called in to an interactive “Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall” hosted by Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks).
Thousands of residents from all over the San Fernando Valley called in and participated in a conversation with Congressman Sherman for over an hour. During this time, the Congressman addressed the questions and concerns of constituents about the government’s response to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and what is still required, such as incentivizing stronger government funding into medical research, to help navigate Valley residents through this unprecedented public health crisis.
“Telephone Town Halls have always been a regular part of my outreach to constituents,” said Congressman Sherman. “With the Coronavirus raging through the United States, including in Southern California, having accurate information is critical and that is why my Telephone Town Hall last night allowed me to easily interact with thousands of Valley residents and provide an avenue for me to keep my constituents informed during this critical time in our country.”
The Congressman was joined by Dr. Frank Alvarez, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Regional Health Officer, who discussed the progression of the virus and steps people can take to protect themselves and their loved ones. Local leaders California Assembylmember Jessie Gabriel and Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz were also on the line to provide information on local response efforts and resources for assistance.
During the Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall, Sherman requested input from his constituents by asking a series of survey questions about their thoughts on next steps forward in this public health crisis. The results of the survey questions are as follows:
1. Should we spend more money on government funded medical research?
o Yes: 82%
o No: 6%
o Undecided: 11%
2. Is the $1200 per individual/$500 per child and unemployment sufficient, assuming we get back to work by June?
o Yes: 9%
o No: 79%
o Undecided: 12%
Congressman Sherman will host a series of Telephone Town Halls during this crisis. The next one will be within the next two weeks and will feature information for small business and gig workers. To learn how to participate in the next townhall go to BradSherman.house.gov/TownHalls.