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Milpitas Business Assistance Resources

Office of Economic Development 

April 7, 2023 

The Milpitas Office of Economic Development provides this Constant Contact message that includes information regarding free on-demand rides, layoff assistance guidance, the City's temporary food delivery fee limits and the new state law on single use food items. 

Free On-Demand Rides Anywhere in Milpitas

In celebration of Earth Day, Milpitas SMART is offering free rides for the entire month of April. Reduce your carbon footprint by sharing rides when traveling around town. Milpitas SMART is a new on-demand rideshare service that gets you around Milpitas quickly and safely. Use this service for your local daily trips to work, school, shopping, medical appointments, and other needs. This service is available for everyone to use.

How Milpitas SMART works:

  1. Book rides using the Milpitas SMART app, visiting book.weride.rideco.com,or calling (408) 330-3302.
  2. Pick-up locations are existing bus stops or other locations that are safe and convenient. They are a short walk from your current location.
  3. Arrive at your pick-up location 5 minutes before your scheduled pick-up window begins and enjoy your ride! 

Book rides on demand or schedule a ride up to a week in advance. The Milpitas SMART service is ADA accessible. More details available at milpitas.gov/smart

Milpitas SMART operates Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Layoff Assistance Webinars

NOVAworks and the Employment Development Department are hosting upcoming layoff assistance webinars. People facing recent or future layoffs can learn about resources to assist with career transition during free, one-hour webinars, including:

• Filing for Unemployment Insurance

• Certify weekly Unemployment Insurance benefits

• Register for Covered California healthcare

• Support, coaching and training resources

Upcoming Webinars

April 11

April 25

NOVAworks: 408-730-7232 • [email protected]novaworks.org

Temporary Limit on Third Party Food Delivery Fees Lifted

The City of Milpitas' temporary limit on third-party food delivery service fees charged to food service facilities has expired. This restriction ended when the City Council adopted a resolution to end the City's Local Emergency Order related to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 7. The City Council adopted the resolution following Governor Newsom's proclamation terminating the State’s COVID-19 State of Emergency on February 28. The County of Santa Clara also transitioned out of the emergency phase of the pandemic by the end of February to align with the State’s action.

Adopted as an urgency ordinance by the City Council on October 20, 2020, the temporary food delivery fee cap limit is to expire when the City Council ends the City's Local Emergency Order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The urgency ordinance limited the fees third-party food delivery services charged local food service facilities to 15% of the purchase price of customers' food and beverage delivery orders and 10% of customers' non-delivery orders.

New State Law Restricts Restaurants' Distribution of Utensils, Condiments and Other Items

A new state law took affect January 1 restricting how food facilities including restaurants provide customers with single-use items to customers. Per Assembly Bill 1276, Food service facilities can no longer automatically provide single-use items like plastic utensils, straws, napkins and condiments as part of customers’ food orders. This law is intended to reduce the volume of single-use items in the waste stream. To obtain single-use items as part of their food orders before leaving the food service facility. A food facility that uses a third-party platform shall customize their menu with a list of available single-use accessories or condiment. Only those items chosen by the consumer will be delivered. More information is available from the California Department of Public Health.

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