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The Briefing Volume 21 | April 24, 2020

#TogetherMV

The families that live along Gilmore Street came out to honor those who are essential to helping fight the COVID-19 pandemic by showing their thanks in the most artistically beautiful and neighborly way. #GoodStoriesGoodNeighbors
Neighbors helping neighbors spice up and jazz up their meals, one fresh herb at a time.
Last week, our Safeway on Shoreline ran out of fresh herbs, which we love to enhance our meals with. Our next-door neighbor decided to share fresh herbs from their garden with the whole neighborhood and it made our day! Our meals have been so delicious this week thanks to them :) -- Amanda F.

We're looking for good stories about our good neighbors.

We want to continue to highlight all that our community is doing, together, to bring positivity and goodwill during the COVID-19 pandemic. What are the best ways you've seen Mountain View band together to show support for their neighbors? Share it with us! Email your photos and stories to katie.nelson@mountainview.gov.

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

REMINDER: We want your art!

Did you do some coloring this week? 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

Virtual Town Hall

The City’s first virtual Town Hall was held on April 24. Mayor Margret Abe-Koga was joined by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and City Manager Kimbra McCarthy to answer questions from the community about:

  • The #TogetherMV rental and small business relief programs and eviction moratorium
  • Supportive programs implemented for Mountain View’s homeless and unstably housed residents
  • Updates about the City’s current economic forecast and scheduled City Council hearings on the proposed FY 2020-21 budget
  • Updates on the increased Federal funding for small businesses, hospitals, and expanded testing

You can watch the full Town Hall here.

City Council Meeting April 28

Next Tuesday's Council Meeting Agenda includes a study session on a Shoreline Blvd. & Highway 101 bike/ped bridge, an update on the City’s response to COVID-19 pandemic, an update to City policy on water services as it relates to SB998: The Water Shutoff Protection Act, and more.

Please email any public comments before 5 p.m. on April 28. See the more meeting information on Legistar.

Shout Out to our Public Services Employees

City Utilities employees working in our community to maintain our important infrastructure.

Resources for Mountain View Businesses

Paycheck Protection Program to Resume on Monday: The Small Business Administration will resume accepting PPP loan applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 AM EDT from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower.

What’s Open in Mountain View: The Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Mountain View and the Downtown Business Association, has revamped ILoveMV.org to bring your top requests to your fingertips.

COVID-19 Temporary Parking Enforcement Policy

Effective immediately, and for the duration of the local state of emergency, the City will not be ticketing cars not moved during street sweeping days. However, it is crucial we continue to clean our streets to maintain safe and sanitary roadways. We are kindly asking you to continue to move your vehicles for street cleaning, when possible.

Enforcement is temporarily suspended for the following:

  • 72-hour parking limit and towing
  • All-time limit parking (e.g., 1-hour, 2-hour, etc.)
  • Residential Permit Parking permits
  • Peak-hour tow-away zones
  • Street cleaning

We will prioritize enforcing parking rules that impact health and safety:

  • Fire hydrant zones
  • Red and yellow zones; and "No Stopping" or "No Parking" zones
  • White passenger loading zones, except in front of schools while they are out of session
  • Blocked driveways, double parking, and parking on sidewalks
  • Parking in bike or transit lanes

County, State, and Federal Updates

Today Gov. Newsom announced new resources to help seniors including a Friendship Line and a partnership with the Federal government to pay restaurants to provide meals for seniors.

The CDC has created a how-to guide for making cloth face coverings at home.

Stay at Home Resources

We're starting to see nicer weather, but we still need to do all we can to stay home and save lives! While we are at home, here are some tips to make your yard and garden environmentally-friendly.

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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.

  • Our favorite government employees of Pawnee are coming back for a special episode to bring smiles to our faces.
  • Necessity is the mother of invention -- and two British dads figured out just how to help their kiddos who wanted to go swimming from home.
  • Two Oakland women have started a non-profit from their (temporarily) shuttered nail salon to help get masks to everyone who needs them.

COVID-19 Updates

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, we will adjust and modify our approaches to reporting the most up-to-date and accurate data. Our COVID-19 graph will now represent the following categories: New Cases, Total Hospitalizations, and Total Deaths.

We will also continue to report the total case numbers in the accompanying data table. We believe this will streamline the representation of data and give residents a better picture of how the virus is evolving in our county.

Please note: Due to a data update in the Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE), managed by the California Department of Public Health, data was not updated on April 18th or 19th.