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Weekly City Manager Blog Series: February 7, 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 February 7, 2022 Council meeting.

Timestamped City Council Video: City Council Meeting — February 7, 2022

COVID-19 UPDATED

City Council and Board, Commission and Committee Meetings Return to Hybrid

Based on current pandemic conditions, the City Council will return to hybrid meetings on February 14 and Board, Commission and Committee meetings will return to a hybrid schedule on March 1.

Library Reopening to Pre-Omicron Service Hours

Beginning Wednesday, February 16, Downtown, College Terrace, and Children’s branches will reopen. Rinconada will return to its previous hours and study rooms at Mitchell Park, Rinconada, and Downtown will reopen.

Stay up to date at library.cityofpaloalto.org/current-library-services.

FREE COVID-19 VACCINE AND TESTING OPTIONS

Free Community COVID-19 Testing Continues

  • Curative every Tuesday at Mitchell Park Library parking lot and every Wednesday at City Hall. The Curative van will not be available at City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 9 and it will return next Wednesday, Feb. 16.
  • County testing continues at the Art Center Auditorium on Feb. 11 & 24

Learn more and find testing site locations at www.cityofpaloalto.org/testing.

California State Mask Mandate Set to Expire Feb. 15*

While the State’s extended mask mandate will expire on Feb. 15, at which point California will make further recommendations as needed in response to the pandemic, the Santa Clara County mask mandate continues. For more about State guidance, go here.

* The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced today, Feb. 9 that it will not lift local indoor masking requirements. The County will continue to base decisions on whether and when to lift indoor masking requirements on the risks posed by COVID-19 by using clearly defined metrics related to vaccination, hospitalizations, and COVID-19 case rates. For more information about County requirements and guidelines, go here.

Get Vaccinated & Boosted

Everyone 5 years and older is strongly recommended to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit sccfreevax.org to schedule an appointment or myturn.ca.gov.

Progress continues for vaccines for children under 5, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will review the benefits and risks at their Feb. 15 meeting.

SIBLING CITY KICKOFF CELEBRATION

On Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. join Neighbors Abroad and Sibling Cities in an event as Palo Alto and Bloomington, Indiana launch the historic first sibling city pair kickoff celebration.

Coach Tara VanDerveer, who played at IU-Bloomington and coaches at Stanford, will talk about the two cities and Professor Cornell William Brooks, former NAACP President, will speak about the importance of coming together.

The mayors will also sign a sibling cities agreement

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

S/CAP AD HOC COMMITTEE MEETING

The next Sustainability and Climate Action Plan Ad Hoc Committee meeting is this Thursday, February 10 from 9–11:30 a.m.

Staff, committee members, and field experts will discuss funding and financing building electrification.

Register to join and learn more at www.cityofpaloalto.org/sustainability.

ARTLIFT MICROGRANTS CALL FOR ARTISTS

The Palo Alto Public Art Program is making ten $4,000 Microgrants available to artists and creatives with the goal of helping the community find connection and joy through the arts and creative outlets.

Deadline to apply is March 31 at 11:59 p.m.

For more information, call the Public Art Program at 650–329–2227 or visit cityofpaloalto.org/publicart.

FIBER COMMUNITY INFORMATION SESSION

The City is in the process of assessing the feasibility to provide fiber to residents and businesses via the Palo Alto Fiber project.

Join a Community Information Session on Thursday, February 24 at 5:30 p.m. to learn about where the project is at right now, next steps, and get your questions answered and ways to stay engaged.

Register for the info session here. Learn more about the project at www.cityofpaloalto.org/PaloAltoFiber.

NOTABLE TENTATIVE UPCOMING COUNCIL ITEMS

February 14

  • Cubberley Update
  • Pets In Need Update

February 28

  • Public Hearing on Weed Abatement
  • Civil Grand Jury Response on Housing
  • Council Committee Workplans and Council Procedures and Protocols (retreat carryover)
  • Cal Ave and Ramona St Temporary and Permanent Closures

March

  • City Council/Utilities Advisory Commission Sustainability Climate Action Plan Update
  • Semi-Annual Council Discussion with the Independent Police Auditor
  • Roth Building Lease
  • 2023–31 Housing Element Update
  • Follow-up on actions related to SB9
  • Discussion on Community Engagement (retreat carryover)
  • Changes to the City’s Accessory Dwelling Units Ordinance

*No meeting on February 21 in observance of President’s Day

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

NOTABLE INFORMATIONAL REPORTS AND COMMITTEE ITEMS

January 10 Council Agenda Packet

  • Informational Update on Utilities Operational Improvements

January 31 Council Agenda Packet

February 8 Policy and Services Committee Agenda

  • Race and Equity Update

February 14 Council Packet

  • Independent Police Auditor’s Report on Investigations Completed: 7/1/20 to 11/1/21

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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