The Briefing Volume 19 | April 20, 2020


Springer Elementary School teachers and staff held a car parade for students last week to let them know just how much they miss their classroom communities!

Physically distant parades are "in!" Mountain View Police and Mountain View Firefighters teamed up to help bring smiles and celebration to a Mountain View resident who was celebrating her birthday recently while she was sheltering in place.

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. We'd love for you 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!

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 on April 23 at 4 pm

Join us next week from the comfort of your home as your Mayor and City Manager sit down to answer your questions related to our City's response so far to the COVID-19 pandemic in a live Zoom meeting. Register here, or you can always watch on our City's dedicated YouTube channel.

We highly encourage you to submit your questions ahead of time in the link when you register.

City Council Meeting Tomorrow

Tomorrow's Council meeting agenda includes: Capital Improvement Projects and Senate Bill 743 (CEQA Transportation Analysis) study sessions, and a resolution to denounce xenophobia and anti-Asian sentiment due to COVID-19 pandemic. Public comments must be submitted to city.council@mountainview.gov by 5 p.m. on April 21. See the full agenda and other ways to give public comments on Legistar.

How to Watch Council Meetings: watch online on Legistar, on YouTube, or on Comcast Channel 26.

New Mountain View Community Resources Page

The City has compiled an overview of community resources on our website with details about programs and contact information to help residents navigate available resources to meet their needs.

Street Sweeping Update

Street sweeping services return to Mountain View on a reduced schedule. Residential streets will be swept one time per month, and major streets such as Shoreline Boulevard and Rengstorff Avenue will be swept two times per month. During this period, parking restrictions for regularly scheduled sweeping will not be enforced.

Resources for Mountain View Businesses

REMINDER: The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce maintains a list of essential businesses open to support our community. Please help us keep this list up to date! Email the Chamber with any additions or changes at info@chambermv.org.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE: Need information on filing for unemployment insurance and registering for Covered California, as well as to offer free job-search assistance and more? NOVA offers informational webinars every Thursday at 10:00 am.

County, State, and Federal Updates

On Friday, the County of Santa Clara's Public Health Department issued expanded guidance that strongly urges all individuals to wear face coverings when out of their homes to perform essential activities.

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

Stay at Home Resources

Wednesday is Earth Day! Check out these resources from Red Tricycle for some stay at home Earth Day activities for Bay Area kids, which include virtual visits to parks and wildlife viewing.

Ever wanted to try and learn that special hobby you just haven't had the time for before? Try out learning how to juggle!

Spend your Mondays with Michelle Obama. Former First Lady Michelle Obama will be doing readings of children's books on the PBS Facebook page every Monday through May 11. You can watch her first reading of “The Gruffalo” from earlier today on their page and tune in next Monday at 9 am PST to listen in.

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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.

  • For many teens, prom is an important part of their high school experience. When one son was about to miss out on his major moment, his mom stepped up.
  • A meteorologist was doing the best he could to keep his community updated with weather reports, but it was his cat, Betty, who stole the show.
  • A pet owner has gone viral for her ingenious way of keeping her pup calm while she clips their nails while the two shelter in place.
  • Messaging about safe social distancing isn't just for humans in the city of Draper -- they make sure to communicate with dogs too.

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.