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The Briefing Volume 50 | September 10, 2020

Mountain View News

What's Open in Mountain View

Curious about what is open -- and what is not -- in Mountain View following the new tier system issued by the state? Check out our city's handy webpage that will let you know where you can visit, dine, and more.

AskMV -- The Gateway To Connecting with City Departments

AskMV is a service available 24/7 and is an easy way to send your questions, concerns and compliments directly to the City staff person who can help you. AskMV can connect you to any of the City Departments, and is available as an app both on Apple and Android phones.

To report an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

REMINDER: Local Policing Listening Sessions

The City's Human Relations Commission will be hosting a series of listening forums to allow community members to discuss local policing, their experiences, and next steps. There are two more opportunities to engage, as listed above. More can be found at engage.mountainview.gov.

Don't forget! FREE COVID-19 Testing in Mountain View

El Camino Healthcare District is now offering free, COVID-19 testing for anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills (and small sections of Sunnyvale, Cupertino and Palo Alto)

Get your appointment today!

REMINDER: MVPDx: Partnering for the Future of Policing

The Mountain View Police Department is launching a new program designed to bring community members and police officers together to listen and learn and begin to plan for what law enforcement and policing will look like for future Mountain Viewers.

Called MVPDx: Partnering for the Future of Policing, the program is a series of listening and learning events that bring residents together with Mountain View police officers to discuss, collectively, what next steps look like for our City when it comes to how the department protects and serves those who live, work, and visit our community.

The program, which will take place over seven sessions, will deep-dive into various themes and topics that will allow community members to ask questions, foster dialogue, and increase connections with local law enforcement to build the best future possible for policing in Mountain View. The first cohort will be starting in September with representatives from a range of groups and individuals who have contacted the Police Department seeking to engage on this topic. The interest list will be used to help fill future cohorts.

We would love to have more folks sign up for future cohorts -- the next group would tentatively begin later in the fall. To learn more and to sign up for the program interest list, visit here.

MV Business Resources

Mountain View Universal Gift Card: The Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Association launched Mountain View's Universal Gift Card! Powered by Gifted.co. This app allows you to shop at multiple participating business with a single card. Click here to purchase a gift card or click here to add your business (or let us know of one that should be added!).

Castro Summer StrEATS Program Extended

The City Council voted unanimously this week to extend having Castro Street open to pedestrians until the emergency is lifted, rather than the hard date of December 31! That means that the 100 block to the 400 block of Castro Street will remain closed for diners, shoppers, and pedestrians to enjoy the area!

The Mountain View City Council voted unanimously this week to also permit outdoor business operations citywide. Some highlights include:

  • No permit or fees needed if a business operates within the set of requirements on private property. A no-fee simplified license agreement, similar to that used for the Castro StrEATs Pilot Program, is required to operate within City rightof-way or on City property
  • Use of on-site parking lot areas for temporary outdoor business operations will be allowed (percentage to be determined based on need and circumstances)
  • Outdoor operations allowed until 9:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 10:00 p.m. on weekends, to limit disturbance to surrounding residential neighbors
  • Limited use of amplified speakers for group gatherings between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m (Live entertainment and amplified music continues to be prohibited by County ordinance)

More on how this program will develop and how it will look coming soon!

County, State, and Federal Updates

Census Workers Heading Out For Final Count Efforts

The U.S. Census deadline is just a few weeks away! The County of Santa Clara is working with community partners to send canvassers into neighborhoods to answer questions and offer resources, especially in immigrant communities before the September 30 deadline.

In the coming days, canvassers will start knocking on doors to ask residents how they have been impacted by the pandemic and the wildfires, and what resources they need. They will also help answer questions on how to complete the census questionnaire before the September 30 deadline.

The County is partnering with community-based organizations, such as Working Partnerships USA, to support canvassing efforts in local neighborhoods, ensuring that canvassers are equipped with protective gear and proper guidance on social distancing when knocking on people’s door.

The 2020 Census questionnaire only takes about 10 minutes to fill out and can be completed through the end of September. It can be completed at my2020census.gov or by a toll-free call to (844) 330-2020.

State Updates to COVID-19 County Monitoring System

Have you seen the revised tier system that Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week? See the state's tier system and what that means for our county on how we monitor and track COVID-19 cases and how that impacts their communities.

Currently, Santa Clara County falls into the "red" category, which indicates substantial transmission in our communities of the disease.

Stay-at-Home Resources

Every little bit helps for those parents whose children may have special needs in the classroom but are currently at home while schools remain closed.

Fall is on its way -- and just because it's 2020 doesn't mean we can't still enjoy some aspects of autumn. Check out some great ways to enjoy the season while staying healthy.

COVID-19 Updates

You may notice that the number of new cases from day to day might not always add up to the cumulative total of cases. This is because the county’s quality control measures and those of the California Department of Public Health may determine a need for reclassification of some cases. These small adjustments are due to changes in results from inconclusive or pending, or duplications in results, and are normal occurrences in the day-to-day collection of complicated data.

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