City staff have been working on a detailed “Restoration of Operations” plan (ROOP) that will serve as a playbook for all of the complex criteria and decisions that must be evaluated, and actions implemented, before restoring City services, programs, and facilities. The draft ROOP will be made available to the public on the City’s Coronavirus webpage by early next week. Please also see an updated Coronavirus Response letter from the Mayor to the community, which discusses beach parking, small business assistance, and other essential City business.

Also of note, at the May 26, 2020 City Council meeting the City Council indicated majority support of the sale of Safe and Sane fireworks this year with the following caveats: fireworks will not be permitted for use on any beach or parking lot where they have been permitted in previous years, block parties will not be permitted, and the sale of the fireworks will have to follow explicit health and safety guidelines, to be issued in an emergency order by the City Manager.

Check out other information and announcements below.

City Manager
San Mateo County Health Officer Issued a new Shelter in Place Order today.
Update from the Mayor
Mayor Martin issued a new Coronavirus Response letter to the community this week, which discusses beach parking, small business assistance, and other essential City business.
For the most up-to-date COVID-19 resource guide for San Mateo County residents, see .

Additionally, the County updates their COVID-19 Data Dashboard daily. Click below for the latest data.
COVID-19 Testing Sites Expanded to Include
Daly City & East Palo Alto
The County of San Mateo is expanding the number of COVID-19 testing sites operated by Verily to include locations in East Palo Alto and Daly City on a rotating schedule. Verily will continue to operate its San Mateo County Event Center site on Mondays and Tuesdays, while adding the old Serramonte High School campus in Daly City on Wednesdays and Thursdays and the YMCA in East Palo Alto on Fridays and Saturdays.

The new sites and schedule will begin operating on Monday, May 18.

Testing is free and available without restriction to anyone, though an appointment is required in advance. To make an appointment, residents can visit Project Baseline’s website at

After being tested, residents will receive results and other information by email. San Mateo County Health will reach out to residents who test positive.

The expanding of testing sites is part of the County’s strategy to bring more resources to more locations. The new sites, in the northern and southern parts of the county, will make it easier for residents to access free testing. The County is also planning to add a location on the Coastside.

“We want everyone in San Mateo County who wants a COVID-19 test to be able to get one,” said County Manager Mike Callagy. “Testing is key to understanding the spread of the disease and to further opening our economy. We want to make sure that there are no barriers, including geography, that might prevent someone from seeking a test.”

To meet State guidelines, San Mateo County needs to administer about 1,200 tests per day, through hospitals, private testing companies, and the free program available through Verily.

The County can help residents who lack transportation to a test site. After being screened at the Project Baseline website and receiving an appointment time, individuals with no other means to reach the testing site can call (650) 779-9375 Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM to arrange free transportation.

Mondays & Tuesdays – San Mateo
San Mateo County Event Center
1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesdays & Thursdays – Daly City
Serramonte High School
699 Serramonte Boulevard, Daly City
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Fridays and Saturdays – East Palo Alto
Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA
550 Bell Street, East Palo Alto
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Testing locations closed
Second Unit “One Stop Shop” Pilot Program
Apply before Monday, June 1
If you are a homeowner who is:
  • Ready to build a second unit,
  • Want free feasibility and project management, and
  • Willing to work with a trusted nonprofit partner…
Then apply at before June 1. Applications are being reviewed, NOW.
Applying is free and simple!

Bright in Your Own Backyard is San Mateo County’s NEW Second Unit One Stop Shop. Nonprofit Hello Housing will provide up to 100 hours of free feasibility and project management support to participating homeowners who want to add a second unit to their property. NOW accepting applications from eligible homeowners in East Palo Alto, Redwood City, Pacifica, and unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. 
Not sure if you can build a second unit on your property in Pacifica? You can explore your property’s second unit potential at . Start by typing in your address and the website will guide you through the process. 
Sanchez Art Center
Newly Opened Pop-Up Collection “Art x Nature x Art”
Newly opened in the Sanchez Art Center Virtual Galleries , is a special pop-up collection, “ Art x Nature x Art ”. An event planned for early in May as a fundraiser, “Art x Nature x Art” was to bring the creations of local floral designers to the Sanchez Art Center galleries with works inspired by pieces in the 2020 Left Coast Annual. A glimpse is offered here for what SAC looks forward to presenting in 2021! 

For this “Art x Nature x Art” preview, five floral designers selected materials, from tillandsias and textured bark to smooth semi-precious stones, an array of flowers, other natural elements and an assortment of vessels. They sculpted them into fragrant, multi-dimensional arrangements paired with eleven randomly selected 2020 Left Coast Annual artworks.

The talented team of floral designers included: Nancy Davis, Susan Landry, Orna Maymon, Michele Coxon, and C. Starship. Special thanks go to Nancy Davis at Shelldance Orchid Gardens in Pacifica, CA. Her enthusiasm along with her floral colleagues makes this event a virtual delight! Enjoy.
Pacifica Senior Services is Here to Help!
Click the image to see how Pacifica Senior Services have stepped up to meet new challenges during the pandemic!
Pursuant to Updated Shelter in Place Order, the City of Pacifica closed a number of public spaces.
Please note : This newsletter is sent weekly on Friday and content is current at that time. Those who have not opened the email by Monday receive a reminder email, and some content may no longer be current.
6/1 – Planning Commission Meeting CANCELLED. See Cancellation Notice here.

6/8 – City Council Meeting 7pm | 100% virtual. Watch live on channel 26, at, or For public participation information, please see the Agenda, will be available here.

City Council & Planning Commission
  • Meetings are scheduled for essential business items. Further updates will be provided.

Other Committees & Commissions

Recent City of Pacifica and Pacifica Police Department press releases are available on the City of Pacifica website under City Government - Press Releases & Media Bulletins.
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