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City Manager Weekly Blog Series: June 6, 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 6, 2022 Council meeting.

Timestamped City Council Video: City Council Meeting — June 6, 2022

COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE

CDC Approves the COVID-19 Booster for 5- to 11-year-olds

The CDC approved emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to authorize a single booster dose for individuals 5 through 11 years old, at least five months after completion of the primary series. Expanding youth access to the booster shot supports community health and recovery and enhances expanded protection against severe disease. In addition, the CDC also strengthens their recommendation for people over 12 and immunocompromised, and those over 50 to get the second booster shot at least four months after their first.

Talk to your healthcare provider or find a vaccine clinic here.

Free Masks and COVID-19 Tests

Each adult can get 3 FREE high-quality masks at many pharmacies in Santa Clara County, go here to find a location closest to you. Order 8 more FREE home tests from the federal government at covidtests.gov

Mobile Vaccine Unit & Continued Palo Alto Testing Options

Ravenswood Family Health Center and Mayview Health Center Mobile unit continue to provide COVID-19 vaccine and boosters, and antigen testing in Palo Alto at the Office of the Public Defenders parking lot, 231 Grant Ave., on Tuesdays in June from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Find out more about the mobile unit and other testing opportunities here.

CITY/SCHOOL SAFETY COORDINATION

In light of recent school safety incidents in other states, the Police Department has ongoing contact with the Palo Alto Unified School District regarding campus safety. PAPD has increased visibility at Palo Alto schools and coordinate closely on safety planning, emergency response, and crisis communications.

In the event of an incident, the Police Department and PAUSD administration have designated points of contact. With the shift from school resource officers, patrol officers now ensure school concerns are addressed promptly.

The Police Department and PAUSD leadership are meeting to discuss safety planning, recent national events, and PAPD response protocols in the event of a threat to a school campus. City will continue to work with PAUSD on any potential improvements to campus safety.

For more on the Palo Alto Police Department go here.

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.

TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES

The Twilight Concert Series is back for another summer of musical fun. Kicking off the summer series is a World Music Day celebration on June 25, starting at noon. The day will consist of multiple concerts, food trucks, and fun for the whole family. Join us at one of six concert nights this summer.

Learn more at www.cityofpaloalto.org/TwilightConcerts.

CLIMATE ACTION BLOG SERIES

Palo Alto has long been a leader in sustainability, making impressive progress toward reducing its carbon impacts, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and resource consumption. The City Council set “Climate Change- Protection and Adaptation” as a Council priority for 2022 and through rebates, programs, and more, the City is providing tools for residents to make better choices in their homes by moving away from natural gas appliances and taking advantage of Palo Alto’s carbon neutral electricity. Reducing emissions within Palo Alto starts with its residents. A new blog shares three ways to act locally through home improvements, that can have a global impact on climate change. Looking to create change that will have a lasting positive impact on the environment? Get the gas out by switching to electric appliances such as water heaters, induction cooktops, and more.

The next S/CAP Ad Hoc Committee meeting on June 14 at 8:30 a.m. will focus on the Residential Building Electrification Working Group Teams updates and their progress to-date. In addition, a new blog shares ways to act locally through home improvements, that can have a global impact on climate change. Learn about the June 14 S/CAP Ad Hoc Committee meeting here. Read the new blog about ways you can take climate action in your home here.

GREER PARK SKATEPARK COMMUNITY MEETING

The City invites you to join a virtual community meeting about the feasibility of expanding the existing skatepark at Greer Park, per Council direction. At this meeting, staff will review the skatepark expansion concept to seek community input. Provide your input and feedback on the proposal at the meeting on Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m.

To register for the zoom meeting, email peter.jensen@cityofpaloalto.org.

SIGN UP FOR SUMMER CAMPS

The Community Services Department provides a wide variety of summer camps for children from the Children’s Theatre, Art Center, Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, and our Recreation Division. From dance and music to creative writing and Foothills adventure camp, there’s something for everyone. It’s not too late to sign up!

Visit cityofpaloalto.org/summercamps to view available camps.

NOTABLE TENTATIVE UPCOMING COUNCIL ITEMS

June 13

  • Draft Business License Tax and/or Utility Tax Ballot Measure and Third Survey Results
  • Utilities Rate Schedules

June 20 & June 21

  • 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

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

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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