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What's in this Edition of eNews?
  • Join Us for Music on the Square Tonight, Friday, July 15
  • Enjoy Live Music and Local Brews at Pub in the Park Tomorrow, Saturday, July 16
  • Nomination Period for Redwood City City Council Candidates Opens on Monday, July 18
  • *Reminder* Share Your Thoughts on Potential Charter Amendments; Public Hearing to be held July 25
  • *Reminder* Tell Us What You Think! Take the Fire Department Top Priorities and Hopes Survey
  • Redwood City Announces $1.5 Million Utility Bill Relief Program to Assist Utility Customers in Need 
  • Redwood City Drought Restrictions; Know Your Residential Water Budget
  • Help Reimagine the Future of the San Francisco Bay Area Ferry System
  • COVID-19 Quick Facts from San Mateo County Health
  • Message From the San Mateo County Health Chief Regarding COVID-19 BA.5 Variant
  • Third Round of Free COVID-19 At-home Tests Now Available
  • FREE COVID-19 Testing
  • How to Obtain your Electronic Vaccine Record
Redwood City Cares
Join Us for Music on the Square
Tonight, Friday, July 15
The Premier Maroon Vibes Experience
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Courthouse Square map

Maroon Vibes delivers an authentic Maroon 5 experience perfect for all events. Playing an endless and ever-growing barrage of recognizable Maroon 5 hits. Maroon Vibes brings an energetic and exciting show that appeals to an ageless crowd. Led by a front-man who not only resembles Adam Levine, but hits the falsetto just the same. Come see what all the fuss is about!


Reminder - glass bottled beverages are NOT allowed at events. This policy will be enforced.
Enjoy Live Music and Local Brews at Pub in the Park Tomorrow, Saturday, July 16
Pub in the Park
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Red Morton Parkmap 

Imagine a leisurely summer afternoon, lounging in a park, while listening to live bluegrass music, sipping delicious local brews, and enjoying lawn games. Once per month on Saturdays, June-September, we'll stock our British-style inflatable pub with quality beers and ciders on tap from local breweries. Pub in the Park offers a laid-back space to hang with friends and family and enjoy some cold ones.

The Goat Hill girls play high octane bluegrass spiced with vintage country, Irish fiddle tunes, and crowd-pleasing popular originals. Tight vocal harmonies and instrumental prowess provide a fun and harmonious blend that will get your toes tapping. Veteran Bay Area players all, the band includes Kim Elking on mandolin, Linda Maki on guitar, LeeAnne Welch on fiddle, Sonia Shell on banjo, and Lisa Burns on bass.


FOOD TRUCKS:
Nomination Period for Redwood City City Council Candidates Opens on Monday, July 18
Have you ever considered running for City Council? If so, now is the time! During the upcoming election on November 8, 2022 voters in City Council Districts, 2, 5, and 6 will elect a Councilmember to represent each of their respective districts. The nomination period for City Council candidates begins Monday, July 18, 2022 and runs through Friday, August 12, 2022 during City business hours. As this will be the first by-district election in Districts 2, 5, and 6, there are no eligible incumbents.

Nomination papers will be issued by appointment during City business hours by contacting the City Clerk. For more information or to schedule an appointment with City Clerk Pam Aguilar, please call (650) 780-7220 or email paguilar@redwoodcity.org. For more information about running for City Council in Redwood City visit the municipal election page on the City website.
*Reminder* Share Your Thoughts on Potential Charter Amendments; Public Hearing to be held July 25
A City Charter defines the organization, powers, functions, and essential procedures for City government, equivalent to the constitution for federal or state governments.

The Redwood City Charter was adopted by local voters in 1929 and has been amended 17 times since then, most recently in 2018. From time to time, City Charters are amended to comply with changes in state or federal law, opportunities created by new technology, and to meet evolving good governance standards. Amendments to the City Charter must be approved by a majority of local voters. 

Proposed New Charter Amendments
The City Council will consider placing a measure on the November 8, 2022 ballot for local voters to consider the following Charter amendments:

  • To align with current Redwood City practice, officially move the date of regularly scheduled City Council elections from April in even numbered years to the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November of each even numbered year
  • To ensure time for all ballots to be counted, clarify the date by which City elections must be certified and City Councilmembers are sworn in
  • Shorten the term of Mayor from two years to one year to allow more Councilmembers to serve as Mayor during their tenure on City Council
  • Update the Charter to reflect Redwood City’s current practice of electing Councilmembers by geographic districts in which they must reside rather than by a citywide at-large vote, as required by the California Voting Rights Act 

Redwood City invites the public to share input on the proposed Charter amendments by contacting the City Clerk at (650) 780-7220 or CharterAmendments@redwoodcity.org. The community is also invited to provide input at a public hearing on the proposed Charter amendments that will be held during the meeting of the City Council on July 25, 2022 beginning at 6 p.m. To view hybrid meeting participation, visit www.RedwoodCity.org/CouncilMeetings.
*Reminder* Tell Us What You Think! Take the Fire Department Top Priorities and Hopes Survey
What are your top priorities and hopes for the Redwood City Fire Department, which serves Redwood City, North Fair Oaks and San Carlos?

Community input is a critical component of evaluating services provided by the Redwood City Fire Department. Your feedback on services, expectations and priorities for the department is key as we reimagine how best to provide service to you!

Haga clic aquí para realizar esta encuesta en español.
Redwood City Announces $1.5 Million Utility Bill Relief Program to Assist Utility Customers in Need 
Redwood City has rolled out a new Utility Bill Relief Program to provide $1.5 million in one-time funding to assist Redwood City’s utility customers struggling to pay pandemic-related debt. The majority of funds will be provided to Redwood City utility accounts 90 days or more in arrears as of June 15, 2022; this will prevent customers from facing penalties or shut-offs due to City utility debt. The City will automatically apply the credit to all qualifying accounts – both residential and commercial – without the need of a burdensome application process. One-time credits will also be given to customers who are current on their payments and are enrolled in the City’s Water and Sewer Rate Assistance Program (WSRAP)
Redwood City Drought Restrictions; Know Your Residential Water Budget
On January 10, 2022, Redwood City declared a Stage 2 water shortage emergency which calls for all customers to reduce water use based on their water allocation. In a Water Allocation Program Stage 2 residential customers have an indoor allocation of 45 gallons per person per day, and an outdoor reduction for irrigation of 35%.

In addition, outdoor water use for irrigating ornamental landscapes or turf not supplied through a dedicated irrigation meter is only allowed two days per week as follows:

  • Addresses ending with an odd number only irrigate on Mondays and Thursdays
  • Customers with no address only irrigate on Mondays and Thursdays
  • Addresses ending with an even number only irrigate on Tuesdays and Fridays

Most residential customers can meet the outdoor reduction requirement by irrigating two days per week as required above.

To learn more about Redwood City Drought Restrictions, visit our Drought Information webpage.
Help Reimagine the Future of the
San Francisco Bay Area Ferry System
What do you want the future of Bay Area water transit to look like? The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) is currently developing a shared vision of the San Francisco Bay Area ferry system in 2050. 
 
From regular riders to first-time users, community input is an important part of the development process. Explore the Bay Ferry 2050 website to take a quick priorities poll, subscribe for updates, and help WETA re-imagine the future of water transportation: www.BayFerry2050.org
COVID-19 Updates
San Mateo County Health Quick Facts
Number of Cases
According to San Mateo County Health, as of July 15, 2022 there have been a total of 155,691 COVID-19 cases with 776 deaths in San Mateo County. The County is sharing data daily on the cases, including cases by City, hospital data, and long term care facility data, which can be found here. Visit San Mateo County's All Together Better site here to explore local data on a broad range of topics, such as demographic information, health outcomes and important resources in our Country.

2-1-1
A reminder that residents needing social service assistance may call 2-1-1 for information about a wide variety of resources in the community.

Stay Informed
Sign-up for information from San Mateo County Health by texting “coronavirus” to 2-1-1-2-1-1. You may also visit www.smchealth.org/coronavirus.
Message From the San Mateo County Health Chief Regarding COVID-19 BA.5 Variant
Our situation is influenced significantly by the BA.5 variant that is now dominant in California. As the variants outcompete their predecessors, we see that they are even more transmissible and able to evade the immune response of both vaccination and prior infection, prolonging this period of high community transmission.

As of June 30th, we are in the CDC “high” tier, reflecting substantial virus transmission in the community as well as increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations for San Mateo and San Francisco counties.
Third Round of Free COVID-19 At-home Tests Now Available
Free at-⁠home COVID-19 tests from the federal government are here!

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a third round of at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free and orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

These tests are rapid antigen at-home tests, not PCR. They can be taken anywhere and give results within 30 minutes (no lab drop-off required). Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.

If you need to test now, find testing locations near you by visiting smcgov.org/testing.
COVID-19 Testing
Testing remains an important strategy in continuing to reduce the spread of the disease and to protect individuals who have not been vaccinated. Testing is available for all ages, including young children and infants, and all testing sites now use more comfortable testing methods by swabbing the front part of the nose or mouth.

People who are vaccinated or unvaccinated should get tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19. Unvaccinated persons should get tested if they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 or have concerns about being infected or exposed.

See smcgov.org/testing for more information about locations and schedules. In addition to these sites, testing is also available from health care providers and other community organizations.
How to Obtain Your Electronic Vaccine Record
Did you know the state of California has provided an online portal to display your electronic vaccination record? The vaccine records website is a trusted source to verify a resident's vaccination status and it is more secure than a paper document that can be lost or forged. Speaking of which, if you lost your original paper vaccine card and need a new one, you can print the digital record from the website!

Still need to get vaccinated? Head over to https://myturn.ca.gov/ to check for walk-in sites near you and to book your FREE vaccine.
Join the Conversation
Want to learn about different ways you can join the conversation with the City of Redwood City, from City Council meetings to committee and board meetings? Click here to get the latest City Council schedules and agendas. You can also receive City information and upcoming meeting agendas on a regular basis by going here.