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City Manager Weekly Blog Series: November 15, 2021

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 November 15, 2021 Council meeting here.

Timestamped City Council Video: City Council Meeting — November 15, 2021

PANDEMIC RESPONSE AND RECOVERY

All Californians 5 years and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination for free

Contact your current healthcare provider or visit sccfreevax.org to schedule your appointment. Get Vaccinated– Go to sccfreevax.org or reach out to your health provider.

Pfizer, Moderna and J&J booster shot available — cdc.gov/covid19

The booster shot is recommended for those who received a second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago and are eligible according to CDC guidelines.

People who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago and are 18 years of age or older are recommended to receive a booster shot.

Free COVID-19 Testing Continues

Palo Alto Unified School District expanded testing efforts at Cubberley Pavilion, Monday — Friday from 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. No advanced registration is required but it is recommended. Curative testing continues to be offered every Tuesday at the Mitchell Park Library parking lot and Wednesday at City Hall.

Schedule an appointment that works with your schedule today!

HIGHWAY 101 PEDESTRIAN & BIKE BRIDGE OPENING

Over a decade in the making, the grand opening of the Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge is scheduled to take place with a ribbon-cutting ceremony plus a community celebration on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m., weather permitting. Ahead of the grand opening, the new Adobe Reach Trail connecting West Bayshore Road and East Meadow Drive opened on Oct. 22!

The new Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bike Bridge will connect the community all year round to amenities like the Baylands Golf Links, hiking and biking the Baylands Nature Preserve, experiencing Byxbee Park, connecting to the San Francisco Bay Trail, and so much more.

Mark your calendars for the Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge community celebration and ribbon cutting! The event begins with a speaker program at 10 a.m. on the Baylands side of the bridge, and ribbons will be cut on both sides of the bridge entrances on East and West Bayshore Roads. If you’re interested in watching the speaker program from the East side of the bridge, it will be streamed live on the City’s YouTube channel.

The community will not be able to cross the bridge for the speaker’s program, as the bridge will officially open when the ribbon cutting is concluded.

An ice cream truck will also be available for all. Note that East Bayshore Road will be closed to through traffic from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, from Elwell Court to the Pets In Need location. Staff will be out to provide traffic control.

Meet up with your neighbors and walk or bike over for a morning of fun, excitement, and a community event for everyone to enjoy.

For more about the Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bike Bridge project, go here.

PETS IN NEED CONTRACT TERMINATION

Our partnership with Pets In Need has been an important one, providing sheltering services for our community and the cities of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. Given our nearly three-year partnership, the City is disappointed to receive an announcement by Pets In Need of their intent to terminate our agreement in the next twelve months, particularly under current circumstances. The City will evaluation options and determine next steps in order to provide a smooth transition.

CLIMATE ACTION PLAN BLOG SERIES

Last week, the City hosted its monthly Sustainability and Climate Action Ad Hoc Committee meeting to discuss electric vehicles (EV) and their role in reaching the 80x30 goals, building EV charging infrastructure, and opportunities to encourage transportation electrification. Read a new blog that reviews the meeting, provides ways to get involved, and opportunities to give feedback.

Find more at www.cityofpaloalto.org/sustainabilitynews.

HORIZONTAL LEVEE PILOT PROJECT MEETING*

*This meeting happened prior to the blog being published. Watch the recording of the meeting by clicking the link below.

Join the City, in collaboration with the San Francisco Estuary Partnership and the California State Coastal Conservancy, to learn about progress on the horizontal levee pilot project in the Palo Alto Baylands. The “Sharing Space: Balancing Public Access and Habitat Enhancement at the Palo Alto Horizontal Levee Pilot Project” webinar also featured presentations from experts on wildlife-compatible public access design guidelines, research, and best management practices.

The webinar took place on Tuesday, November 16 and a recording of the meeting can be viewed here.

ALMA/CHURCHILL SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS*

*This meeting happened prior to the blog being published. Watch the recording of the meeting by clicking the link below.

Staff developed final design plans based on the Council approved Concept #1 and as next steps, a community meeting is being held to inform the community on the upcoming safety improvements for the Alma/Churchill intersection.

This intersection was identified for safety improvements as part of a project for hazard elimination at the railroad crossing. This is not a part of the City’s grade crossing initiative also underway.

The meeting was held virtually on Tuesday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. View a recording of the meeting here.

UPLIFT LOCAL COMMUNITY MEETING*

*This meeting happened prior to the blog being published. Watch the recording of the meeting by clicking the link below.

Join the City for an informal community check-in meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, November 16 at 5:30 p.m. and provide your feedback on the Uplift Local program and other City efforts.

Uplift Local is a Council-supported effort enabling outdoor dining, retail, personal services, and outdoor gyms and fitness options in business districts such as California Avenue and the downtown core and other business areas throughout Palo Alto. This program continues to evolve based on business and community input.

Watch a recording of this meeting here.

SPECIAL HOLIDAY EVENTS

As the holiday season begins, there are several ways the community can celebrate together. A new blog shares events and ways for the community to give back and connect in November, December and beyond.

The community is invited to decorate the exterior of your home, a front door/window, or your business in holiday-themed décor! This year’s contest judging will take place between December 16–20 and there are 3 different categories: Home, Business, and People’s Choice.

Learn more about rules, prizes and how to sign up to participate by December 15 here.

If you’re looking for handmade gifts, consider the Art Center Studio Holiday Sale. The sale showcases unique artworks created by local artists working in the studios at the Palo Alto Art Center. The sale opens to the public on Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Join the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation as a member to gain early access at paacf.org.

With Thanksgiving only next week, the City invites you to save the date and join the community for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in early December. Join us on December 3 at 5:30–7 p.m. to watch the annual tree lighting in person or via the City’s YouTube channel. There will also be live entertainment.

If you would like to donate a toy for a local child in need, please bring an unwrapped gift for the toy drive.

More details are at www.cityofpaloalto.org/TreeLighting.

All these events and more in the Holiday Events Blog here.

NOTABLE TENTATIVE UPCOMING COUNCIL ITEMS

Note: There will be no City Council meeting the week of Thanksgiving

November 29

  • Grade Separation Alternatives at Churchill Ave
  • Safe Routes to School Annual Report
  • California Avenue Temporary and Permanent Street Closure Discussion

December 6

  • Potential Redevelopment of New Parking in the Downtown
  • Objective Standards Ordinance Adoption

December 13

  • NVCAP Concept Plan Review
  • Sustainability/Climate Action Ad Hoc Update

January 3, 2022

  • Council reorganization

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

STAY INFORMED AND STAY CONNECTED, JOIN THE CONVERSATION!

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

Gain Coronavirus Updates at: CityofPaloAlto.org/Coronavirus

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

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