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City Manager Weekly Blog Series: September 12, 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 September 12, 2022 Council meeting.

Timestamped City Council Video: City Council Meeting — September 12, 2022

COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE

Santa Clara County Offers Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Vaccine

Available at all County mass vaccinations sites and local clinics, the booster, which targets the original strain and the currently dominant Omicron BA.5, is recommended for all eligible.

  • Pfizer: 12 years and older
  • Moderna: 18 years and older

Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are bivalent and should provide a greater level of defense against COVID-19. For more about the new booster, check out this online resource from the Food and Drug Administration. Talk with your doctor or visit sccfreevax.org to schedule an appointment.

White House Officials Expect COVID-19 Vaccination Cadence to be Annual

Though some vulnerable populations may need more frequent vaccinations, experts predict that an annual vaccine should provide a high level of protection against serious illness. Read the White House’s press briefing here.

CDC Isolation and Exposure Calculator

If you test positive for COVID-19, isolate and stay away from others for 5 days, and wear a mask until day 10. If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk with your doctor about possible treatment. Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, you may end isolation on day 6 or later if you never had symptoms or if you are fever-free for 24 hours and other symptoms have improved. Through day 10, everyone should wear a mask or use two negative antigen tests to decide when to stop wearing a mask and avoid people at high risk of getting very sick. A new Isolation and Exposure Calculator is available from the CDC to help determine what you should do if you test positive. Go here to find the calculator.

Palo Alto COVID-19 Testing Options Continue

The County continues to provide testing opportunities at the Palo Alto Art Center on September 23 and October 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only. Curative continues to provide testing opportunities in Palo Alto with a testing Kiosk at Mitchell Park Mondays — Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at City Hall on the Ramona Street side every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Find more testing opportunities at www.cityofpaloalto.org/testing

RECENT UTILITY OUTAGES

Last week, there were four power outages impacting customers with a variety of causes, with the most recent occurring yesterday morning, initially impacting over 3,000 customers. This outage was due to a car striking an electrical pole on the northbound 101 off-ramp at Embarcadero Road. Crews worked most of the day to repair the pole and restore power to customers.

Overall, there have been 19 unplanned outages this calendar year, eight of which Utilities would consider major due to size of customers impacted. The City Manager referenced that further information will be released soon about follow-up actions that the Utilities Department is taking to address gaps in communication and public notifications, and other items. *On September 13, a new blog was published that provides details on the recent power outages, answers community questions, and shares ways the Utilities Department is working to restore community confidence through increased power outage communications.

For future outage details, Utilities is increasing their public notifications on Twitter and real-time updates will continue at www.cityofpaloalto.org/outageinfo. Follow Palo Alto Utilities on Twitter @PAUtilities and for initial notification of an outage, sign-up for Nixle Alerts.

THE FUTURE OF THE 340 PORTAGE AVE SITE

On August 1, the City Council held a public study session and prescreening to report on a development framework for 340 Portage Avenue, the site of the former Fry’s Electronics. A new blog recently published shares details on the experience of developing this framework from the perspectives of the Council Ad Hoc members, a summary of the proposal, and details on what’s next.

To read the blog, go to: bit.ly/PortageBlog.

ARTLIFT WORKSHOP — SMALL GESTURES

Artlift, a collaboration connected to the City’s Uplift Local effort, connects the community together through art. Join artist Victoria Heilweil for a pop-up art workshop on September 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cal Ave Farmers Market and engage in conversation about value and beauty through postcard writing.

The artist created limited edition cards featuring photography with scenes around Palo Alto taken by the artist and Palo Alto Camera Club. Postcards include a question on the back that prompts participants to reflect on value, beauty, and community. Learn more about the 2022 Artlift Microgrant Projects and find out more about Small Gestures here.

SUPER FAMILY SUNDAYS AT THE PALO ALTO JUNIOR MUSEUM & ZOO (JMZ)

Join the community for a free event when the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo is open exclusively to families with children who have disabilities, sign up for an upcoming Super Family Sunday today!

Children with all disabilities are welcome as well as parents, siblings, and grandparents. To maintain a non-crowded environment, tickets are limited and reservations are required. The next Super Family Sunday is set for Sunday, September 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visit bit.ly/SuperFamSundays to sign up to be notified about ticket release announcements.

NOTABLE TENTATIVE UPCOMING COUNCIL ITEMS

September 19

  • Pre-Screening Study Session: 3398, 3400 & 3490 El Camino Real residential project (Deferred to October 17)
  • Palo Alto Fiber Joint Study Session with the City Council and Utilities Advisory Commission

September 26

  • S/CAP Update Goals and Key Actions and Advanced Heat Pump Water Heater Program
  • Council Position on Ballot Measures

October 3 and beyond

  • Building Code Update and Proposed Local Energy Code Amendments
  • S/CAP Update Goals and Key Actions and Advanced Heat Pump Water Heater Program
  • NVCAP Refined Preferred Alternative
  • Permanent Parklet Standards and Policies

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: CityofPaloAlto.org/CityManagerBlogSeries

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

Santa Clara County Cooling Centers: bit.ly/HotWeatherSafetySCC

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