City Manager Weekly Blog Series: January 24, 2022
Learn about City of Palo Alto updates and news.
Each Council meeting, City Manager Ed Shikada provides “City Manager Comments” sharing recent City news, and updates for the community to stay informed on important issues. This blog series summarizes these weekly updates.
This week’s City Manager Comments were not shared verbally at the meeting. You can watch the January 24, 2022 Council meeting here.
City Council Video: City Council Meeting — January 24, 2022
PANDEMIC RESPONSE AND RECOVERY
Service Changes for Community Safety
The City continues to monitor service levels in response to COVID-19 case levels and staffing limitations. To support community safety:
- City Council meetings will be held by virtual teleconference only through Monday, February 7. There will be no in-person participation.
- Several Library services changes went into effect Tuesday, January 18 including temporary closures of Children’s, College Terrace, and Downtown Libraries. Rinconada Library will reduce hours to Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.
For all service changes, go here.
Get vaccinated, boosted, tested, and wear a mask.
Everyone 5 years and older are strongly recommended to get the COVID-19 vaccine; Pfizer-BioNTech booster eligibility was expanded for everyone 12 years and older.
Free COVID-19 Testing Opportunities
The City continues to provide community testing with limited availability by Curative every Tuesday at the Mitchell Park Library parking lot and every Wednesday at City Hall. County testing continues at the Art Center Auditorium on February 11 and February 24.
For testing locations, go to www.cityofpaloalto.org/testing
Free COVID-19 Test Kit Options
The White House and U.S. Postal Service have coordinated for every residential address in the U.S. is eligible to receive four (4) free COVID-19 test kits. Tests can be ordered online and will usually be shipped within 7–12 days of ordering. No ID, credit card, or health insurance information is required. For details, go here.
Santa Clara County recently announced a by-appointment systems to pick up limited free COVID-19 test kits at County locations. North County drive-thru sites are: Vasona County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos; and Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
For details, go to https://www.sccfreetest.org/
PALO ALTO FIRE DEPARTMENT PARTNERS WITH COUNTY TO OFFER FREE IN-HOME VACCINATION PROGRAM
The Palo Alto Fire Department is participating in the County of Santa Clara free In-Home Vaccination Program for individuals who are unable to leave their place of residence. For a patient to be eligible to receive home-based vaccination under the County’s program, the patient must be “confined to the home” (homebound) under the definition used by the federal Medicare program.
*This is a County program and eligibility and the application process is administered by the County, not the City of Palo Alto.
For more information, go here.
AERIAL MOSQUITO TREATMENT OF BAY MARSHES*
*Since the information was originally provided, the treatment has taken place.
The Santa Clara County Vector Control District has scheduled aerial treatment of the Bay Marshes on Wednesday, January 26 starting at 7:30 a.m. in the Palo Alto Flood Basin, a non-residential area of the City to reduce the nuisance mosquito population. A helicopter will be used to apply the treatment to the marsh area and may make low altitude passes over the area including local trails.
The public is advised to avoid the area and Baylands Nature Preserve trails will not be open to the public during this time. The District encourages the public to report mosquito activity and to take preventive measures, such as dumping standing water around the home, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and applying insect repellent when spending time outdoors.
For more information, visit www.sccvector.org.
FREE VIRTUAL MEDITATION SESSIONS
In furthering the City’s Community and Economic Recovery efforts by enhancing wellness and well-being options, the Palo Alto Art Center recently announced weekly virtual meditations.
Join the Art Center and stress management consultant Julie Forbes, Ph.D. on Thursdays at noon from January 27-June 30.
Registration details are available on the City’s event calendar.
VIRTUAL FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE ART CENTER
The Art Center’s new exhibit, Creative Attention, is opening this Friday, January 28, 6:15–8:00 p.m. The opening celebration for Creative Attention will be held online and promises to retain all the fun and community in a virtual context.
Join us for this free special celebration of the exhibition, featuring a virtual exhibition walkthrough, a meditation with artist Angela Hennessy, a reading by artist Paz de la Calzada of her invocation for El Palo Alto, hands-on art activities, and more!
For more information and to register for the event, go here.
COUNTY HOMELESS CENSUS/SURVEY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The County is hosting the annual countywide Homeless Census/Survey on February 23 and 24 and local volunteers are needed to count all sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness.
Count data are the primary data used for federal funding allocations and national estimates of homelessness. Join the County Office of Human Services at an upcoming meeting on Tuesday, February 1 at 2 p.m. to learn more about volunteering.
Visit the County’s website for more.
JOIN THE PALO ALTO FIBER COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
The City is in the process of scheduling a series of discussions on the Palo Alto Fiber effort and is encouraging the community to save the date on upcoming discussions taking place.
- February 2, 5 p.m.: Utilities Advisory Commission (UAC) meeting update (virtual)
- February 24, 5:30–6:30 p.m.: Palo Alto Fiber Community Information Session (virtual)
- February 28 — March 4: Fiber Neighbor Meetup Week
- April: Tentative UAC meeting update
- May: Tentative City Council Study Session
NOTABLE TENTATIVE UPCOMING COUNCIL ITEMS
- Consider Sale of unused Individual Supply Guarantee (ISD) to BAWSCA Member(s)
Saturday, February 5
- City Council Retreat
February 7 and beyond
- FY 2022 Mid-Year Budget Review
- Cal Ave. and Ramona St. Street Closures
- Cubberley update
- Pets In Need
- Civil Grand Jury Response on Housing
- Housing Element Update
Find City Council meeting agendas, minutes, and videos at cityofpaloalto.org/councilagendas.
STAY INFORMED AND STAY CONNECTED, JOIN THE CONVERSATION!
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