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City Manager Weekly Blog Series: June 13, 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 June 13, 2022 Council meeting.

Timestamped City Council Video: City Council Meeting — June 13, 2022

COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE

COVID-19 Vaccine for Young Children Coming Soon, Prepare Now

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration found Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccine for kids 6 months to 5 years old to be safe and effective, and tentatively plan to meet on Wednesday to review data from each to potentially authorize their use. It will then go to the CDC for review and approval.

Santa Clara County Public Health last week released steps parents could take to get ready for when the vaccine for 6 months to 4 years old is available. They recommend calling your child’s doctor to ask if they will offer the vaccine and if your child does not have a regular doctor, call (866) 967–4677 for assistance.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccination for children, go here.

Continued Palo Alto Testing Options

A mobile unit continues to provide COVID-19 vaccine, boosters, and antigen testing.

The County and Curative also continue providing testing opportunities throughout the City. The next Santa Clara County testing at the Palo Alto Art Center is June 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only.

Find more testing opportunities at www.cityofpaloalto.org/testing.

DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS AND UPDATES

California’s severe drought continues, and local and state water restrictions are in effect with more under consideration. It is currently prohibited to use a hose without a nozzle or shut-off device, outdoor irrigation or watering ornamental landscapes or turfs between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., washing driveways, sidewalks, and other hard surfaced areas except for health and safety needs, and more. The State issued new emergency regulations prohibiting irrigating with drinking water in certain circumstances. This prompted Palo Alto to implement additional restrictions including requiring restaurants to provide water upon request only and hotel/motels to provide guests the option to opting out of daily laundry services.

On June 20, Council will consider staff recommendations restricting using drinking water for ornamental landscape irrigation and lawns to two days per week and other measures to ensure State compliance.

For more about drought restrictions, water conservation tips, and updates, go here.

APPLY FOR THE HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION

Want to make a difference in Palo Alto? The City is recruiting for one vacant seat on the Human Relations Commission (HRC).

HRC strives to create a community where civility, respect and responsible actions are the norm by discussing issues and concerns within the community such as those associated with race & equity, social & economic justice, employment, education, ownership & rental of housing, and governmental services and benefits.

Applications are due July 27. Learn more and apply at www.cityofpaloalto.org/BCrecruit.

CONNECT AS A COMMUNITY AT THE MSC OPEN HOUSE

Connect as a community at the City of Palo Alto Open House at the Municipal Services Center (MSC) on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get a “behind the scenes” look at the work done on behalf of the Palo Alto community. Watch the Utilities Line Crew pole climbing demonstrations, eat delicious food offered by attending food trucks, check out e-Bikes, and interact with adoptable pets from Pets in Need and meet Sequoia, the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo’s bald eagle, and more animals. Located at 3201 E Bayshore Road, join in the fun at the MSC and experience an educational day with demonstrations and displays, food, music, and other activities. Don’t forget to bring your reusable water containers!

Learn more at www.cityofpaloalto.org/MSCOpenHouse.

WORLD MUSIC DAY ON JUNE 25

Kick off the summer Twilight Concert Series with a full day of music at the World Music Day celebration on June 25, beginning at noon. Regularly scheduled Twilight Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day of acoustic music throughout the newly redesigned Rinconada Park. The day will consist of multiple concerts and stages, food trucks, and fun for the whole family.

Find the day’s lineups and locations for each musical performance at www.cityofpaloalto.org/worldmusicdayschedule.

PET CARE ASSISTANCE MONTH

Pets In Need is hosting a series of services for its first annual Pet Care Assistance Month during the month of June. As a commitment to the community, Pets In Need is providing greater access to care to ensure the pets in our community thrive.

This month, they are offering expanded access to free and low-cost veterinary services and pet supplies to low-income pet guardians, as well as all members of the community. Each pet may receive one free vaccine and microchip; additional vaccines are $10.

Learn about free pet vaccine appointments and the Pet Care Assistance Day on June 29 at www.petsinneed.org/blog/assistance.

NOTABLE TENTATIVE UPCOMING COUNCIL ITEMS

June 20 & June 21*

*These City Council meetings will begin at 3 p.m.

  • City Budget Adoption
  • Adoption of the Community Development Block Grant Funds for FY 2022–23
  • 2850 West Bayshore Residential Project Review
  • Potential gun sales regulation
  • Reproductive Rights Resolution Colleagues Memorandum
  • Consideration of a Homekey Project third story design located at 1237 San Antonio Rd.

The City Council will be on summer break from June 22 to August 1.

August and beyond

  • Airplane Noise Study Session
  • Palo Alto Fiber Joint Study Session with the Utilities Advisory Commission
  • Buena Vista Mobile Home Park Study Session
  • Housing Element Goals, Policies, and Programs Approval

Find City Council meeting agendas, minutes, and videos at cityofpaloalto.org/councilagendas.

BE INFORMED AND STAY CONNECTED

Read the City Manager Comments Blog Series at: Medium.com/paloaltoconnect

Gain Coronavirus Updates at: CityofPaloAlto.org/Coronavirus

Sign Up for Open Town Hall

City Calendar of Events and Meetings: CityofPaloAlto.org/Calendar

City of Palo Alto Website: CityofPaloAlto.org

Sign Up for City Updates at: CityofPaloAlto.org/newslettersignup

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