California’s tourism industry forcefully made its case to key state lawmakers yesterday at a hearing designed to outline the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva, the new chair of the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media, convened the informational hearing, and was joined by three other legislators: Assemblymembers David Chiu of San Francisco and Richard Bloom of Santa Monica as well as Sen. Richard Pan of Sacramento.
“We’re here to listen to you,” Assemblymember Quirk-Silva said at the outset. “We really want to hear details. We want to be here to find out how we can help…You can consider me a cheerleader for California…We need a cheerleader for our state because we want to make sure the industries you represent not only have somebody who’s going to stand up and fight for them, but who’s going to cheer you on because that’s the way we’re going to get doors open.”
Added Assemblymember Chiu: “This is an industry that has been utterly decimated. I’m here because I want to hear every idea that is out there and what we can do to move things forward.” Read More