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The Briefing Volume 24 | May 1, 2020

#TogetherMV

Our hearts are full -- the Cuesta Park neighborhood collected over one ton of food for donation to Community Services Agency (CSA).
The Old Mountain View neighborhood has a message that resonates with all of us -- we are strong, and we can and will grow stronger, together.

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

Expanded COVID-19 Testing for Essential Workers

Stanford Medicine has expanded priority COVID testing at multiple drive-through sites to include both essential workers and first responders in our area. These essential workers include active military personnel and government workers, as well as those employed in grocery stores/food delivery, drug stores, laundry, banks and financial services, waste management and utilities, and health care professions.

Homeless Resource Map locations now on Waze

You can now use Waze to see the City's homeless resource map locations. A search for "free food" will also produce search results for Mountain View food aid locations.

Public Works Projects Updates

City staff has identified 23 signalized intersections with heavy pedestrian activity to be adjusted to “pedestrian recall” (which means that the pedestrian phase is triggered automatically without pushing the button). The City’s signal maintenance contractor has adjusted those intersections to pedestrian recall between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. The adjusted signals are located at the following intersections:

  • Castro Street at Church, Mercy, California, Dana, and Villa streets
  • Evelyn Avenue at Hope and Bush streets
  • Dana Street at Calderon Avenue
  • Shoreline Boulevard at Montecito Avenue
  • California Street at San Antonio Road, Pacchetti Way, Showers Drive, Ortega Ave, Rengstorff Ave, Escuela Ave and Mariposa Avenue
  • Rengstorff Avenue at Latham Street and Stanford Avenue
  • San Antonio Road at Fayette Drive
  • Grant Road at North Drive/Eunice Avenue and Bentley Square
  • Cuesta Drive at Miramonte Avenue and Montalto Drive

The annual Shorebird Way Egret Rookery Closure is today. Streets staff will close a portion of Shorebird Way nearest to Charleston Road to limit the impact of vehicle traffic through the Egret Rookery. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be permitted through this small section of road.

Complete your Census!

It has been one month since #CensusDay! Thousands of our Mountain View neighbors have responded, but it’s not too late for your voice to be heard. Programs that rely on census data: healthcare, nutrition assistance, emergency preparedness, roads & more.

MV High school Students Build Website to Offer At-Risk Populations Assistance

Three MVHS students launched a program called MV Helps to provide grocery assistance or other services to healthcare workers, anyone who is high risk, and those over 60. You can sign up to receive assistance or to volunteer to help on their website.

Business Resources

On Wednesday May 13, 2020 at noon, the Chamber of Commerce is virtually hosting their monthly Business Issues and Public Policy Forum. The meeting will be a panel discussion with several local financial institutions, including US Bank, Bank of America, Meriwest Credit Union, and Star One Credit Union. Panelists will discuss what they have available and what they are able to do, as well as insight into the "back end" of the process and what local businesses can expect going forward. Please register here to receive login instructions and to submit questions in advance.

County, State, and Federal Updates

Yesterday Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new statewide portal for Californians working in essential sectors to find childcare using an interactive map of qualified licensed child care providers nearby.

Stay at Home Resources

May is National Bicycle and Bike Safety Month! Check out these ideas to take part in National Bike Month (while maintaining social distance). #BikesUnite

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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.

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.

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.