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Rep. Swalwell hosting another COVID-19 virtual town hall this week

Special guest is Colleen Chawla, director of Alameda County Health Care Services

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore), who represents the 15th Congressional District that includes the communities of Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon, will hold another virtual town hall about the COVID-19 pandemic this Thursday.

The April 9 online Q&A session starts 1:30 p.m. and will include special guest Colleen Chawla, director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency (ACHCSA).

“I look forward to providing 15th District residents the latest update on the COVID-19 outbreak,” Swalwell said. “Together we look forward to answering your questions about what happens next and providing you with the information you need to know.”

For the past three years Chawla has overseen ACHCSA, which includes the county departments of behavioral health, environmental health, public health, and the office of the agency director. Before then, she spent 13 years as deputy director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Chawla's 25 years in the health sector includes working with nonprofit HIV/AIDS services and publicly traded biotechnology companies. A longtime Oakland resident, Chawla is also the vice president of the County Health Executive Association of California and serves on the Advisory Council of the Insure the Uninsured Project.

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Rep. Swalwell hosting another COVID-19 virtual town hall this week

Special guest is Colleen Chawla, director of Alameda County Health Care Services

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Apr 7, 2020, 10:42 am

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore), who represents the 15th Congressional District that includes the communities of Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon, will hold another virtual town hall about the COVID-19 pandemic this Thursday.

The April 9 online Q&A session starts 1:30 p.m. and will include special guest Colleen Chawla, director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency (ACHCSA).

“I look forward to providing 15th District residents the latest update on the COVID-19 outbreak,” Swalwell said. “Together we look forward to answering your questions about what happens next and providing you with the information you need to know.”

For the past three years Chawla has overseen ACHCSA, which includes the county departments of behavioral health, environmental health, public health, and the office of the agency director. Before then, she spent 13 years as deputy director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Chawla's 25 years in the health sector includes working with nonprofit HIV/AIDS services and publicly traded biotechnology companies. A longtime Oakland resident, Chawla is also the vice president of the County Health Executive Association of California and serves on the Advisory Council of the Insure the Uninsured Project.

Participants are asked to submit questions before the event on the event Facebook page: Facebook.com/CongressmanEricSwalwell.

Comments

Birdland Resident
Birdland
on Apr 8, 2020 at 10:45 am
Birdland Resident, Birdland
on Apr 8, 2020 at 10:45 am
8 people like this

The information regarding the number of cases / hospitilization rates etc from the Alameda County, Pleasanton City and neighboring cities are just pathetic
The county website just lists the total number of cases and deaths without any details
It is impossible to get a sense of the severity of this pandemic in the county and to know the hot-spots and if things are getting better or worse.

Santa Clara has a very detailed dashboard see Web Link

and here is Alameda County Public health site Web Link

These times shows the needs to modernize the Public systems in the East Bay counties and Cities.


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 8, 2020 at 10:55 am
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 8, 2020 at 10:55 am
13 people like this

Has Eric been active in anything related to this? Serious question, I’m not aware of any actions he’s been involved with.


DKHSK
Bridle Creek
on Apr 8, 2020 at 12:09 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
on Apr 8, 2020 at 12:09 pm
8 people like this

Birdland Resident,

As of April 6th the latest numbers from the California Department of Public Health (which reports its numbers to the CDC) the total number of deaths in the entire state is 374 with 15865 positive infections.

Web Link

Interestingly enough, the model the Government has been relying on for hospitalization, ICU and ventilators that would be needed has been WAY off the predictions, even though the models have stipulated that lock-down was factored in to them. That is to say, the models predicted DOOM and when that didn't happen, they revised them down...twice.

So much for the model.

To put the death rate into comparison, New York City has over 5000 and the WHOLE state of California has only 374 even though we are the most populated.




DKHSK
Bridle Creek
on Apr 8, 2020 at 12:10 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
on Apr 8, 2020 at 12:10 pm
28 people like this

And there is no reason to look for anything out of Eric Swallwell. He's just going to blame Trump for the model not killing and/or hospitalizing more people than it originally predicted.


LindyLoo
Kottinger Ranch
on Apr 8, 2020 at 6:33 pm
LindyLoo, Kottinger Ranch
on Apr 8, 2020 at 6:33 pm
2 people like this

New Alameda County COVID-19 Dashboard as of 4/8
Web Link


Birdland Resident
Birdland
on Apr 8, 2020 at 7:58 pm
Birdland Resident, Birdland
on Apr 8, 2020 at 7:58 pm
3 people like this

Its great to see Alameda county post a dash board with some details..
Web Link

(I am guessing that someone from the county read my first post :)


Jman
Country Fair
on Apr 9, 2020 at 7:23 am
Jman, Country Fair
on Apr 9, 2020 at 7:23 am
1 person likes this

would still like a dashboard that is more like Santa Clara County.. would also like to see which city the 16 AC deaths are in .


ME
Bridle Creek
on Apr 9, 2020 at 11:47 am
ME, Bridle Creek
on Apr 9, 2020 at 11:47 am
15 people like this

To all you haters out there, STOP making this situation political. All the negativity does NOTHING to solve the problem with the virus.


Bev
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 10, 2020 at 8:07 am
Bev, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 10, 2020 at 8:07 am
15 people like this

@me, why don’t you tell Swalwell to be positive and not blame the President for everything. He can’t help himself from being a partisan political hack, and Pelosis mouthpiece for her radical socialist agenda...“Never let a good crisis go to waste” is their motto.


Wombat
Downtown
on Apr 10, 2020 at 9:15 am
Wombat, Downtown
on Apr 10, 2020 at 9:15 am
12 people like this

Swalwell and others are right to blame Trump for not taking the coronavirus threat seriously even now. What kind of a nut of a President boasts about the ratings of his Press Briefings in the middle of a national crisis??! Americans are worried about the well being of loved ones and their savings and their jobs, but this petty, petty self-absorbed President is more concerned about his ratings compared to Monday Night Football and Bachelor Finale???

Donald Trump (on Twitter, 4/9/20, 12:35pm) :
“ The Wall Street Journal always “forgets” to mention that the ratings for the White House Press Briefings are “through the roof” (Monday Night Football, Bachelor Finale, according to @nytimes) & is only way for me to escape the Fake News & get my views across. WSJ is Fake News!”


Me
Bridle Creek
on Apr 10, 2020 at 4:02 pm
Me, Bridle Creek
on Apr 10, 2020 at 4:02 pm
8 people like this

Bev, The buck stops with the Commander and Chief. He was admiring himself in the mirror when the virus hit the U.S. instead preparing for the virus. Stop watching FOX News! You might hear the truth. Oh, YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!


Pete
Downtown
on Apr 10, 2020 at 5:23 pm
Pete, Downtown
on Apr 10, 2020 at 5:23 pm
1 person likes this

A big nothing burger. Media creation.


Charlie
Avignon
on Apr 10, 2020 at 5:57 pm
Charlie, Avignon
on Apr 10, 2020 at 5:57 pm
4 people like this

Here’ a few questions to ask Mr. Biden:
1) There were meds delivered to hospitals from the Fed stockpile that had expired in 2010. Why would he allow meds to expire on his watch?
2) The faulty ventilators shipped to CA from the Fed stockpile did not work. From what I understand they need to be periodically maintained - similar to what my company has to fo when we store equipment in warehouses for an extended period of time. Why didn’t he make sure the stockpile equipment was maintained by ensuring they had a process set up to do this? He should have made sire when he was in charge that something was pit in place.
3) What exactly did he do during his 8 years in the White House to ensure this country was prepared for a pandemic?

My point here is you can blame Trump all you want, but what you should really be asking everyone in our city, county, state and federal governments is why none of them were prepared for this?

It is all their faults, not just Trump’s.


Me
Bridle Creek
on Apr 10, 2020 at 6:46 pm
Me, Bridle Creek
on Apr 10, 2020 at 6:46 pm
2 people like this

Charlie and Bev,
GET A ROOM


Wombat
Downtown
on Apr 10, 2020 at 7:10 pm
Wombat, Downtown
on Apr 10, 2020 at 7:10 pm
8 people like this

@Charlie

Trying to blame Obama and Biden for Trump’s lack of preparedness is lame. Trump has been in the White House for OVER THREE YEARS. It was his responsibility when he entered the White House to do a top-down review and make sure that he and the Federal government were prepared to his satisfaction for any national emergencies including a pandemic. THAT WAS HIS JOB. What the heck was Trump doing for over the last 3 years that was more important than doing his job as President?


Charlie
Avignon
on Apr 11, 2020 at 5:21 am
Charlie, Avignon
on Apr 11, 2020 at 5:21 am
17 people like this

Being blind to the weaknesses of our city, county, state and federal governments and just blaming Trump isn’t the answer.

I did not vote for Trump and I did not vote for Clinton - two of the worst choices for president in history.

The hatred for Trump is causing this country to head in a really bad direction - people are making really bad choices and making really bad decisions that will negatively impact this country far into the future.

If you don’t want to open your eyes to what is really going on, you are free to live the rest of your lives in. state of denial.

Goodbye to all - I will return to the real world and leave you all to continue your hatefest


Bob
Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 11, 2020 at 8:21 am
Bob, Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 11, 2020 at 8:21 am
15 people like this

Wombat

Your lack of understanding of how your country's government is structured and functions is sadly very common.

It’s also pretty clear you have no experience managing very large organizations.

Let’s all see how Biden does if he is elected president. I don’t expect a nice guy who is clearly limited by his almost 80 year old, feeble mind (has stated in rallies he is running for US Senate) to perform very well. It’s the reality of old age.

When he starts having trouble I expect him and all the haters to point to Trump as the cause. How many times over the 8 years of the Obama presidency did the two of them blame Bush rather than blame themselves or the government- the real cause of the troubles.

Close your eyes, tap your heals together and lose yourself in your own reality


Wombat
Downtown
on Apr 11, 2020 at 9:06 am
Wombat, Downtown
on Apr 11, 2020 at 9:06 am
8 people like this

@Bob wrote “ It’s also pretty clear you have no experience managing very large organizations.”

I’m pretty sure that when a manager of a large organization, such as the CEO of a large corporation, assumes command he takes full responsibility for its operation and doesn’t try to blame his predecessor who left years ago for his own lack of preparedness if things go wrong. How about you? When you take over a large division or large section in a company, do you try to blame your predecessor of years ago when things go wrong under your watch?

As for “feeble mind” you described Trump’s current mental state perfectly. Why don’t you explain to us why in this current national crisis with people losing their jobs, being evicted from their apartments, having their lives overturned, and with over 18,000 deaths at this time, that Trump is taking to Twitter and happily boasting that his White House Press Briefing is getting a higher viewership rating than Monday Night Football and The Bachelor Finale??? What kind of a fruitcake of a President does that during a national crisis with over 18,000 dead?


Bob
Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 11, 2020 at 9:50 am
Bob, Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 11, 2020 at 9:50 am
12 people like this

And the hate continues.......

Open your eyes to the real problems and it is not Trump

After all this time you can’t get past the fact he is a New York a$&$$&e and he clearly does not hide that fact, you are a lost cause.

You’re not in Kansas anymore Toto - get past the hate and get real

And yes I have managed large organizations and I do know how they work and I did own the solutions to problems that needed to be fixed. I also recognized the weaknesses of the orgs, and rather than ignoring them I worked to improve them.

Don’t ignore the weaknesses of your government because of your hatred of Trump.

Oh and I have worked in government for a short time so I do understand the inherent challenges leading that type of org


Wombat
Downtown
on Apr 11, 2020 at 10:44 am
Wombat, Downtown
on Apr 11, 2020 at 10:44 am
7 people like this

@Bob wrote “ After all this time you can’t get past the fact he is a New York a$&$$&e and he clearly does not hide that fact, you are a lost cause.“

I see. So you’re saying that if instead of focussing on doing his job in a time of national crisis this President spends his time tweeting and boasting about how his tv press ratings are better than Monday Night Football and The Bachelor Finale, then that’s OK because he is a “New York a-h” and that’s the way he is. And if he publicly pushes unproven drugs to treat coronavirus, then that’s OK, too, because he’s a “New York a-h” and that’s the way he is. And if habitually tells outrageous lies as naturally as he breathes, well that’s OK, too, because, after all, he’s a “New York a-h”. Gee, this “New York a-h” thing is a great catch-all excuse, isn’t it? In your mind, Trump can do virtually anything he wants to and be excused for it because he’s a “New York a-h” and doesn’t hide it, and if anyone objects then they’re the one with the problem, not Trump, because they “hate” Trump and “can’t get past the fact that he is a New York a-h”. Brilliant, Bob!

OK, seriously. Either you’re a total idiot or you think that I am.


Bob
Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 11, 2020 at 10:56 am
Bob, Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 11, 2020 at 10:56 am
1 person likes this

And the hate continues.........


DKHSK
Bridle Creek
on Apr 11, 2020 at 11:29 am
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
on Apr 11, 2020 at 11:29 am
13 people like this

"I’m pretty sure that when a manager of a large organization, such as the CEO of a large corporation, assumes command he takes full responsibility for its operation and doesn’t try to blame his predecessor who left years ago for his own lack of preparedness if things go wrong"

This is a breathtakingly ignorant response and does not reflect what really happens when any executive comes in to replace a failed executive.

Trump is nearly responding to questions. Someone asks (paraphrasing): why aren't there enough respirators in the federal stockpile. Trump says truthfully, 'because the last administration did not replenish the stockpile after they had used it up.'

So he answers a question truthfully, but somehow he's blaming someone else?

This man has had to clear up so many problems left over by Obama that it is just plain crazy to harp on things like the above.

As I've said before, I'm a c-level executive. I've been hired after a previous executive was let go due to incompetence. When I get into the situation I assess what the problems are and I set about fixing them.

That is what is being done now by Trump and he's been doing this since day 1.

You guys are just never satisfied and you can't beat him. So you just sit here on your keyboards and write this silly stuff.

Tiring.


Wombat
Downtown
on Apr 11, 2020 at 11:58 am
Wombat, Downtown
on Apr 11, 2020 at 11:58 am
2 people like this

@DKHSK wrote “So he answers a question truthfully, but somehow he's blaming someone else?“

Dan, you never fail to amaze me.. This was covered quite thoroughly in the previous posts written here. Even Bob appears to at least understand the point I was making although he doesn’t agree with it. But you? You just come barreling in here and going “Huh? I don’t get it! Explain it to me because I just don’t get it!” as if you haven’t read or comprehended anything that was written here.


DKHSK
Bridle Creek
on Apr 11, 2020 at 12:19 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
on Apr 11, 2020 at 12:19 pm
4 people like this

Wombat,

So far as I can't rebut anything I've said. You have nothing but lame insults.

You truly have no fact or experience to opine on anyones experience, let alone Trumps.

Why not give it a rest?


DKHSK
Bridle Creek
on Apr 11, 2020 at 12:19 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
on Apr 11, 2020 at 12:19 pm
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Edit:

"So far you.."


Bob
Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 11, 2020 at 12:26 pm
Bob, Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 11, 2020 at 12:26 pm
5 people like this

Yep, Wombat always moves to the insults.....he is one of the haters

Trump uses Twitter and Wombat uses this Pleasanton Weekly site.

Two peas in the pod - Trump and Wombat


Wombat
Downtown
on Apr 11, 2020 at 12:30 pm
Wombat, Downtown
on Apr 11, 2020 at 12:30 pm
2 people like this

@DKHSK

Dan, if you want a serious discussion, you have to show that you’ve at least made an effort to read and understand the other person’s point of view. When I read your posts, I almost never get the feeling that you’ve done that.


Bob
Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 11, 2020 at 12:31 pm
Bob, Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 11, 2020 at 12:31 pm
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I believe Dan and I are on the same page as we share the experience of having to fix failing or under performing orgs.


Wombat
Downtown
on Apr 11, 2020 at 1:42 pm
Wombat, Downtown
on Apr 11, 2020 at 1:42 pm
2 people like this

@Bob wrote "I believe Dan and I are on the same page as we share the experience of having to fix failing or under performing orgs."

Yes, next time you two go in to interviews for new positions, don't forget to mention to the hiring committees that you both believe in blaming your years-gone predecessors for problems that happen during your watches.
:-)


Bob
Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 11, 2020 at 4:46 pm
Bob, Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 11, 2020 at 4:46 pm
2 people like this

And the hate continues.,.......


FrequentWalkerMiles
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 12, 2020 at 4:23 am
FrequentWalkerMiles, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 12, 2020 at 4:23 am
5 people like this

Don’t state level governments like Ca and N.Y. think they are better at handling issues like immigration. health care, criminal justice, etc, better than the feds?

Or is that only when there is no crisis, upon which suddenly everyone extends their hand for their share from Donnie?


Bob
Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 12, 2020 at 9:53 am
Bob, Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 12, 2020 at 9:53 am
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Frequent Walker

Excellent understanding of how our government is structured- things are managed from the bottom first and then it moves up. The Feds have no control over what individual states do.

California was at the center of the resistance movement......

It will be interesting, or perhaps devastating, when CA is eventually hit with a major earthquake. It will happen.

How many people think the state is prepared to deal with this?

How many individuals are prepared? Seems most don’t even stock enough tp for more than a week or so. How about good?

judging from this virus pandemic, I don’t think things will go well unless we all look to see what the gaps are for us as individuals and what our city / county / state government gaps are and fix them.

Blaming Trump won’t be possible, although I‘m sure the haters will figure how to pass the blame to, or anybody they can to avoid accepting responsibility themselves.


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