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The Briefing Volume 16 | April 13, 2020

#TogetherMV

Yes, we can do this. A very special thanks to the Waverly Park resident who brought this bright message to life on their driveway!

What are the best ways you've seen Mountain View band together to show support for their neighbors? Neighborhoods continue to come together to spread love and hope to community members.

Want to share how your neighbors are showing and bringing hope while we shelter in place? Email your photos and stories to katie.nelson@mountainview.gov.

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

Did you do some coloring this weekend? 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

City Council Meeting Tomorrow

Tomorrow's (April 14) Council Meeting Agenda is now posted and includes appropriation of $1.134 mil CDBG funds for COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, public art approval for new parks (Mora and Pyramid), COVID-19 update from City Manager and more.

To ensure your comment is included in the public comments section of the city council meeting, you can:

  • Email comments for Closed Session or Regular Session items to city.council@mountainview.gov by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Emails regarding Regular Session items received after 5:00 p.m. and prior to the Mayor announcing that public comment is closed for each item will be read into the record by the City Clerk at the meeting (up to 3 minutes, at the discretion of the Mayor).
  • Click this link to register in advance to access the meeting via Zoom Webinar
  • Call 650-903-6436 and leave your comments in a voice mail message before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Voice mail comments on Closed Session items will be forwarded to the City Council. Voicemail comments on Regular Session items will be played during public comment for the item at the meeting (up to 3 minutes, at the discretion of the Mayor).

To watch City Council meetings while we continue to shelter in place, visit the following:

WiFi Hotspots Added to Homeless Resources Map

This interactive map, which will be updated in real-time as services come online, now includes WiFi hotspots for community members who need them. This map also includes where you can locate services, hygiene stations, meal services, safe parking sites and more.

Hygiene Kits, Masks, Grocery Gift Cards Distributed by MVPD

This is just one of several efforts underway to help ensure everyone in Mountain View is able to stay safe and healthy.

On Saturday, the Mountain View Police Department Neighborhood and Event Services Unit, which includes the department's Community Outreach Officer, shared several emotional moments with community members as they handed out 300 disposable masks, 380 hygiene kits, and 170 grocery gift cards.

As the team moved from vehicle to vehicle, they were able to connect and speak with so many people, some of whom shed tears of joy when they saw what the team brought to them, as well as them knowing that MVPD and stakeholders are here to help.

The ability for the department to be able to pass out all these donations is thanks to incredible contributions from our community through the Mountain View Public Safety Foundation, CSA, and local churches.

"During this time of crises, there is nothing more rewarding than working with our community stakeholders to help those that are in need," said Sgt. Wahed Magee. "Seeing smiles and tears of joy by our efforts was priceless. I am very proud of everyone involved in this outreach effort and thrilled to be a part of the Mountain View outreach team!"

Resources for Mountain View Businesses

Nextdoor isn't just for those who live in Mountain View -- it's for local businesses too. See their resource page for what businesses may need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Special Edition 'View' Coming Soon

A special four-page special edition of 'The View,' focused on the City’s COVID-19 response, is on its way to Mountain View residents and business with extra copies to pass out.

Follow the City's Social Media for the Latest News

County, State and Federal Updates

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced today that, in conjunction with the governors of Oregon and Washington, he intends to release a plan this week to reopen California. More information on that decision will be released tomorrow in the Governor's daily press conference at noon.

REMINDER: The State has launched a portal for information and resources for those who are feeling stressed or who are looking for resources on mental health related to coping with COVID-19.

You are not alone. Even though we have to physically distance right now, we can still connect in other ways with one another.

Stay at Home Resources

Bored at home? Here are 80 reasons not to be.

Depending on your mood, there's a lot you can get done while you are staying at home to save lives. Here's a list of what that looks like.

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.

  • Not all superheroes wear capes. See how this artist re-imagined frontline workers as the heroes we all knew we needed, but maybe didn't know we always had.
  • Take a break and bust a move, just like this 97-year-old World War II Navy pilot who found some joy while sheltering-in-place at his home
  • Staying home to save lives doesn't mean good things still can't happen.

COVID-19

The below graphic and accompanying data table depict the total cases, number of hospitalizations, and deaths associated with the COVID-19 virus beginning March 12th, progressing chronologically. Data is sourced from Santa Clara County Department of Public Health.

Please note: for dates that have no associated data, information was not available from the county public health website.