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City Manager Weekly Blog Series: September 13, 2021

Learn about recent 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.

If you’d prefer, watch the City Manager share this week’s updates and news at the September 13, 2021 Council meeting.

Timestamped City Council Video: City Council Meeting — September 13, 2021

PANDEMIC RESPONSE AND RECOVERY

COVID-19 Update

While cases are lower in children than adults, they can still get sick from and spread COVID-19. The CDC issued a new Pediatric Dashboard to track and map cases in children ages 0–17. Go to bit.ly/CDTped to browse the new dashboard and read more.

Everyone over 12 years old is eligible to be vaccinated for free. Visit sccfreevax.org to schedule your appointment to get vaccinated, or talk with your current healthcare provider.

Free COVID-19 testing continues in Palo Alto.

  • Tuesdays at Mitchell Park Library parking lot
  • Wednesdays at City Hall
  • County administered testing on September 16 & 30 and October 14 & 28 at the Cubberley Pavilion

Visit cityofpaloalto.org/testing to find testing dates and times that work in your schedule.

TOGETHER AGAIN PALO ALTO — A WEEK-LONG SERIES OF EVENTS TO CONNECT AS A COMMUNITY

Join us this week to celebrate being together again with a series of fun events through Saturday, September 18. Events range from live music on California and University Avenues, discounts for Stanford athletics, the Moonlight Run, and more!

Lawn signs can be picked up at Cubberley, Lucie Stern, and Mitchell Community Centers, and each library. For more information about the events and picking up a lawn sign, visit cityofpaloalto.org/togetheragain. Hope to see you out there!

CALIFORNIA GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION*

*Updated since Monday’s Council meeting.

The California Gubernatorial Recall Election was held this past Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

Governor Newsom was voted to remain in office with an overwhelming majority of Californian’s voting no on the recall. For election results, maps and other election data, go here.

You can track your ballot, register to vote, or get answers to questions by visit the County Registrar of Voter’s office.

THE ANNUAL COASTAL CLEANUP DAY IS SATURDAY!

Join us for the annual Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday, September 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. The City is hosting in-person clean up sites at Matadero and Adobe Creeks and will help provide trash bags, gloves, and litter sticks.

You can also choose to pick up trash independently in your own neighborhood. If you choose to host your own cleanup and would like assistance with supplies, be sure to select that option when registering. For more information and to sign up visit cleanacreek.org.

UPLIFT LOCAL COMMUNITY MEETING*

Staff and the community came together for an informal check-in meeting to provide feedback on the Uplift Local program.

The Zoom webinar was held on Tuesday, September 14.

For future meetings and more, go to www.upliftlocal.org.

THE ART OF DISABILITY CULTURE

Join the Palo Alto Art Center on Friday, September 17 from 6 p.m.–8 p.m. virtually or in-person for “Friday Night at the Art Center.” You can experience a new exhibit called the Art of Disability Culture, meet the artists, participate in hands-on art activities, listen to a performance by a spoken word artist, and partake in an inclusive movement activity.

For more information and to register for the evening, go here.

NOTABLE TENTATIVE UPCOMING COUNCIL ITEMS

SEPTEMBER 20

  • North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan Public Hearing

SEPTEMBER 27

  • Project Homekey Application
  • Objective Standards Ordinance — 1st Discussion

OCTOBER 4

  • Commercial Linkage Fee Study

OCTOBER AND BEYOND…

  • Tree Ordinance Revisions
  • Grade Separation: Churchill Workplan
  • Objective Standards Ordinance — 2nd Discussion
  • Quarterly Finance Update
  • Various Parking Policy Updates

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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