The Briefing Volume 47 | august 20, 2020

Mountain View News

No Evacuations for Mountain View

We know there is a lot of smoke in the air, and a lot of the news is about wild fires that are burning in and around our county.

Mountain View remains safe, and we will ensure that residents would be well aware if anything were to change, including updates on our social media channels, email and text alerts, and in-person notifications.

Air Quality In Santa Clara County

Due to high temperatures and regional wildfires, air quality in Santa Clara County is currently poor. As we take precautions in light of air quality and fire, we must continue to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19.

The County Public Health Department urges those with health conditions who need to stay indoors because of the smoke to shelter at home, where they can be safe from both smoke and COVID-19. When you need to leave you home, please continue following all COVID-19 precautions, including wearing face coverings when in public.

The air quality varies across the county, and more information on conditions where you live are available at airnow.gov.

All County-run COVID-19 testing sites – both drop-in and appointment only – will remain open. Additional safeguards for patrons and staff are in place in light of the wildfires and heat.

Shoreline Lake Expands Patio Dining & Launches Kids' "After-Home School" Program

The American Bistro has expanded its patio seating and is now offering waterfront dining during the week, as well as weekends. Check out the tasty lunch menu!

All food is prepped in takeaway containers, so it may be enjoyed at the patio – where seating complies with social distancing mandates – or as a picnic. Bistro staff maintain an eye on things to handle additional cleaning, plus a self-sanitizing station is also available for guests.

Shoreline Lake is also rolling out, in addition to the recently launched Weekend Camps Program sessions, a new "After-Home School" Program, for kids (ages 8-13) who cannot take part in organized after school activities. These 4-week sessions are offered Tuesday & Thursday (3:30 - 5:30pm), starting September 1st.

Next steps are easy: either complete online registration and learn more details about both these programs.

Also, given the very much appreciated support for these After-Home School sessions (and influx of registrations for the Weekend Camps), Shoreline Lake is also considering adding another combination of days (Monday & Wednesday), and is seeking additional input from the community. To provide feedback, please contact the Boathouse by email or call (650) 965-7474.

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!).
  • Legal Expertise Webinar: Small Business Majority and CAMEO invite you to join The Chamber of Commerce for a weekly virtual update where we will discuss small business policy and regulatory updates. Topics of discussion include: state policy updates including Props 15 and 22, where to find free legal expertise in your community, California Small Enterprise (CASE) Taskforce legal resource book, and free resources for your small business. Register here.

County, State, and Federal Updates

On Tuesday, August 11, the Board of Supervisors approved an urgency ordinance that provides tools for the County to enforce mandates in the Health Orders issued to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Under the ordinance, the Public Health Officer can designate enforcement officers, which can include sworn peace officers, but also other county employees. Administrative fines will be between $25 and $500 for individuals and $250 to $5,000 for businesses. There is also a 72-hour grace period to allow businesses to correct the violation before fines are imposed.

See FAQs about the County Shelter in Place Order here.

Stay-at-Home Resources

School is back in session, but weekends are still free. Here are some safe, socially-distant ways to still have fun while we power through the last few weeks of summer.

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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