The Briefing Volume 17 | April 15, 2020


Our youngest Mountain Viewers are sharing the ways in which they are helping us stay resilient and positive while we stay home to save lives.

What are the best ways you've seen Mountain View band together to show support for their neighbors? Neighborhoods continue to come together to spread love and hope to community members.

Want to share how your neighbors are showing and bringing hope while we shelter in place? Email your photos and stories to katie.nelson@mountainview.gov.

Download a copy for your kids to draw on and share!

Did you do some coloring this weekend? Show some community togetherness spirit! After you download a copy, have your kiddos show off their artistic skills and send it to katie.nelson@mountainview.gov, along with your name and neighborhood, so we can share with the community. Rumor has it we might even showcase some of them at the Center for Performing Arts marquee!

Mountain View News

City Council Approves Additional $1.1 Million in Relief Aid

During their April 14 meeting, City of Mountain View Councilmembers approved an additional $1.134 million for the City’s COVID-19 Rent Relief Program.

This is in addition to the $1.3 million relief package already passed in March that was earmarked to help local small businesses, seniors, homeless and the unstably housed, and provide services for community members in need due to COVID-19 related hardships.

Essential Workers Continue to Assist Our Community

This week, we are highlighting all those members of City Staff who are essential to the daily function of our City. We are all so proud to serve you, and we will continue to be there for you. Stay healthy. Stay safe.

Meet the Strategic Communications Team

Wave hello to the Strategic Communications Team.

It's time you met the team behind The Briefing! Meet the recently-formed Strategic Communications Team, which has been tirelessly working to keep Mountain View informed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team is comprised of members from the City Manager's Office, Human Resources, the Police Department, and the Fire Department.

They will continue to work to provide you the latest information from your city, the county, the state, and the federal government on the city's website, on our city's social media channels, and elsewhere.

Census Opportunity

Nearly 60 percent of Mountain Viewers have filled out the Census! But, that means that there are still about 40 percent of us who need to take just a few minutes to fill out the census to make sure your count matters.

So, check your mailbox! You'll be getting the paper census form from the U.S. Census Bureau if you have not filled it out online or by phone. Fill out it and return it ASAP.

Resources for Mountain View Businesses

Business owners interested in learning more about small business assistance can email SmBizCOVID19Help@mountainview.gov to get on an interest list. Businesses will be notified of program updates.

Nextdoor announced today a new product releases to help local businesses, including the ability for businesses to add their takeout and delivery options, gift cards, and GoFundMe campaigns to their Nextdoor business pages.

REMINDER: Business Impact Survey Reminder -- The survey stays open through Sunday, April 19. Survey responses will help the City understand impacts to Mountain View business and to the local business community. -

The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce maintains a list of essential businesses open to support our community. Please help us keep this list up to date! Email the Chamber with any additions or changes at info@chambermv.org.

Follow the City's Social Media for the Latest News

County, State and Federal Updates

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced today announced new initiatives to support the millions of California workers who have lost jobs or wages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom revealed six six critical indicators the State will consider before modifying the stay-at-home order.

In light of the disruptions caused by COVID-19, Tax Day in California has been extended to July 15.

Stay at Home Resources

The Magical Bridge Foundation is hosting free, family-friendly, multigenerational concerts on the Magical Bridge Facebook page every day at noon PST.

Senior Resource Guide

Are you a senior who is in need of assistance while you shelter in place at home? The City of Mountain View has several resource options for you, from transportation, to food delivery, and more.

It's Ok to Smile

You asked -- we've answered. An overwhelming number of you requested in our survey that we begin sharing something fun, funny, or highlight goodwill from community members.

Here are some recent examples of ways we are bonding together, despite the distance.

  • Actor Justin Theroux and his pup, Kuma, have candlelit dinners for two while they shelter in place at their home.
  • Mountain View Police dispatchers decided to bring the Happiest Place on Earth to their center to help bring a smile while they did essential work to keep our community safe.
  • We will persevere -- today, Notre Dame rang its beloved bell to commemorate the year since the cathedral burned. We can overcome any obstacle.
  • Not today, COVID -- a 106-year-old woman in England, the oldest patient in the country, just left the hospital after beating the virus.


The below graphic and accompanying data table depict the total cases, number of hospitalizations, and deaths associated with the COVID-19 virus beginning March 12th, progressing chronologically. Data is sourced from Santa Clara County Department of Public Health.

Please note: for dates that have no associated data, information was not available from the county public health website.