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City Manager Weekly Blog Series: January 31, 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.

You can also watch the City Manager share this week’s updates and news at the January 31, 2022 Council meeting.

Timestamped City Council Video: City Council Meeting — January 31, 2022


Free COVID-19 Testing Options and Test Kits

Free COVID-19 Testing
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

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 more 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


To provide near real-time information for enhanced community awareness, the Palo Alto Police Department, in collaboration with the City’s Information Technology Department, developed a new calls for service web portal.

The new online map is in response to the City’s Race and Equity community conversations and related City Council priorities. This dedicated website shows a snapshot of calls for service to which the Palo Alto Police responded to within the previous 24 hours. The portal is in a beta, pilot phase and is subject to change.

View the new service portal at


Celebrate the Year of the Tiger at the Mitchell Park Community Center February 6 from 3 to 6 p.m.! The celebration includes performances, music, free food, and interactive booths for youth and families centered around Asian culture and traditions. This event is free and open to all. It is an outdoor event, so dress for the weather. Masks are required. For more information about this event, visit

On February 9 at 4 p.m. join the Library and Leung’s White Crane Dragon & Lion Dance Association virtually for a special Lunar New Year performance that includes a lion dance and percussion! Register online today to receive the zoom link to join.


Saturday, February 5

  • City Council Retreat

February 7

  • FY 2022 Mid-Year Budget Review
  • Cal Ave. and Ramona St. Street Closures

February 14

  • Cubberley update
  • Pets In Need

February 28

  • Civil Grand Jury Response on Housing

*No meeting on February 21 in observance of President’s Day

Find City Council meeting agendas, minutes, and videos at


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