FROM THE CITY OF MONTEREY
Local update on COVID-19 & more
January 29, 2021
Happy Friday
Do you prefer pillowy clouds or billowy winds? Pillowy clouds win, and hang in the sky as the major storm system departs the Monterey Peninsula. Partly cloudy skies will remain for the weekend - have a good one!
UPDATES FROM PARKS AND RECREATION
Family and Senior Drive Thru Produce Distribution - Space Available Now for February!
Reservations are available for the February 2021 Senior and Family Produce Distributions offered by the City of Monterey Recreation and the Food Bank for Monterey County. Due to COVID-19, this is a contact-less drive thru program and reservations are required.
  • Mondays, February 1, 8 and 22 (No distribution Feb. 15)
  • 10:00am – 1:00pm (by appointment/reservation only; every half hour)
  • Dennis the Menace Parking Lot, 777 Pearl St. Monterey
Monterey Sport Center Outdoor Group Exercise Classes Re-Open - Registration is also available for Monterey Sports Center Outdoor Group Exercise classes re-starting February 1, weather permitting. SEE SCHEDULE
Veteran's Park Campground Reopens - the picnic areas and playgrounds remain closed at this time. Check the Services Dashboard for the latest status of city facilities - closures are based on state and county Covid-19 stay at home orders. For more information on camping and hiking, visit the Camping and Hiking page at monterey.org/parks.
Four Measure S Construction Projects in the Works
We received new schedules for the current Measure S projects in the works as follows, and also available at monterey.org/construction:
  • MEASURE S Citywide Sidewalk Phase 5 - Downtown and Oldtown areas - Prep work starts the week of 2/15 - SCHEDULE
  • MEASURE S Citywide Road Rehab. Ph.1 - Mar Vista Dr. (From Mar Vista to Monte Vista), Ramona Ave. (Montecito to Fremont), Munras Ave. (Munras to Fremont) - SCHEDULE
  • MEASURE S Franklin Street Storm Drain Improvements - SCHEDULE
  • MEASURE S Citywide Curb Ramps Phase 3 - Downtown - SCHEDULE
Central Coast Community Energy (3CE), formerly Monterey Bay Community Power, Offers Rate Assistance Programs
Struggling to keep up with mounting energy bills due to the pandemic? 3CE offers Rate Assistance Programs: CARE, FERA, AMP, HEAP and Medical Baseline is available to Central Coast Community Energy customers, as well as PG&E customers, and provides the same discount regardless of enrollment with Central Coast Community Energy or your utility provider. Customers enrolled in Central Coast Community Energy continue to receive their CARE, FERA, AMP, HEAP and Medical Baseline discount within their PG&E delivery charges; there is no need to reapply with Central Coast Community Energy.

3CE supports all customers and wants to remind them that you may be eligible for rate assistance programs such as CARE, FERA and Medical Baseline. You may be eligible to receive up to 20% off your bill.
To learn more about CARE/FERA, please visit this website.
To learn more about Medical Baseline, please visit this website.

Watch this short video to learn more about 3CE:
Volunteers Needed Now to Help With Vaccine Rollout and More
In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the County of Monterey is seeking Healthcare professionals and other healthy adults to meet the County's continued resource demands in critical areas of the COVID-19 emergency response efforts.

Thank you for your service during this unprecedented public health emergency. See a list of volunteer opportunities at https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/human-resources/benefits/emergency-volunteers

Every day matters. Pandemic fatigue is real and has been with us for some time. We need to dig-in and together we will get through this momentous time sooner than later. Thank you for volunteering if you can.
Vaccinate All 58 (Counties)
Per the Monterey County Health Department Covid-19 Vaccination Registration web page, we are currently scheduling COVID-19 appointments for Phase 1A, Tiers 1-3: Healthcare Workers and law enforcement personnel that frequently respond to medical calls AND Phase 1B, Tier 1: Individuals 75 and older.

Which vaccines are being offered?
The County of Monterey receives both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. You will receive your doses dependent upon availability.
Pfizer EUA Fact Sheet: English and Spanish
Moderna EUA Fact Sheet: English and Spanish
Help stop the spread of misinformation. Stay safe and informed. For more information, visit https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/health/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19 or call the United Way of Monterey County's information line at 211.
COVID-19 Numbers for 93940
Below are CHOMP's daily COVID-19 numbers and ICU capacity. Also posted at https://chomp.org/coronavirus. To see more data visit https://www.chomp.org/coronavirus/data
Have Your Say Monterey - the City's new public engagement portal:
  • Watch your mailbox for a print version of the survey - complete and drop in the mail, postage paid!
  • Take the cannabis survey - due by Feb. 7. Please register and let us know your thoughts about commercial cannabis in Monterey! Help us move the dial and get 500 responses!
  • The commercial cannabis discussion - Survey results will be presented to City Council for discussion at a Feb. 24 Study Session.
Visit https://haveyoursaymonterey.org and register to have YOUR say!

Second Town Hall Available on YouTube, 29 Jan 2021
The second Cannabis Town Hall event was held on January 28, 2021 and attracted over 20 attendees. You can also watch both town hall events at youtube.com/cityofmonterey.
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