The Briefing Volume 29 | MAY 15, 2020

Mountain View News

Today is Peace Officer Memorial Day, which caps off National Police Week, a somber reminder of the lives lost in the line of duty across our country. More than 300 names of fallen officers were added this week to the memorial of those who laid down their lives so their communities could stay safe.

This week, kindergartener Lily was asked to write about a community helper and she decided to choose a police officer as the helper she wanted to highlight.

Folks sometimes ask “why would anyone sign up to be a police officer?”

For our Mountain View Police Department, it’s because of people like Lily. It’s because of communities like Mountain View.

Business Resources

Join the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, the City of Mountain View, local businesses, and the community for a "Back to Business" Series on May 21 at 2 p.m. to discuss opening a portion of Castro Street to pedestrians in order to help local businesses while following social distancing guidelines. Please RSVP here to receive the Zoom meeting link. For any additional questions, emailinfo@chambermv.org.

County, State, and Federal Updates

Low risk activities now open at Santa Clara County Parks. Learn about the social distancing guidelines for these activities and get information about wide trail parks here.

Supervisor Simitian will host a COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall on Sunday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. featuring public health and medical personnel from area hospitals. Register here.

This week Gov. Newsom released a revised proposed state budget that contains plans to close the $54 billion deficit brought on by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

Stay-at-Home Resources

Want to jump start your summer garden? Nourish the soil with compost! Residents can pick up free compost from the SMaRT Station during their public hours Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents must bring their own shovel and container for compost, and bring proof of residence. Please be mindful of any social distancing requirements when you visit. All employees and members of the public are required to wear a face mask at the SMaRT Station.

You don't necessarily need a garden (or a green thumb) to grow your own produce. See this list of greens that can be regrown with only water and sunlight.

It's still Bike Month! Treat your bike to an at home DIY Tune-Up before your next ride.

PBS put together some responses to questions from kids about the current crisis.

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.


Four-year-old Mountain View resident Lucy is lighting up our free coloring pages with her fantastic artwork, as shown here. Thank you for sharing, Lucy!
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