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  • Redwood City is Listening: We've added additional capacity for our upcoming Community Dialogue Sessions. Register today by visiting www.redwoodcity.org/racialequity
  • Eat, Sip and Be in Redwood City. New this week: Main Street open for two way traffic between Main Street and Stambaugh Street
  • Learn How to Build a Resume with this Week's Home for the Summer with RWC Teens Series
  • Online Bilingual Mindfulness Meditation on August 11 and August 26
  • San Mateo County Job Fair - Tuesday, August 4
  • We want you to run for City Council! The Nomination Period for the November 2020 Election is Now Open
  • Last Day to Apply! Submit your Board, Commission or Committee application by 11:59 p.m. TODAY!
  • Calling all Renters - Join Us to Hear About Updates on State and County Housing Laws on August 10
  • There is Power in Numbers - Complete your 2020 Census today. Census Bureau workers will begin knocking on doors August 11
  • SamTrans Launches Ride Now Taxi Subsidy Pilot Program
  • San Mateo County Added to State's COVID-19 Monitoring List, Preparing for Potential Additional Business Shutdowns
  • COVID-19 Quick Facts from San Mateo County Health
  • Free COVID-19 testing available
Redwood City Cares
Redwood City is Listening: We've Added Additional Capacity for our Upcoming Dialogue Sessions
The City has a partnership with the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, who will be hosting this series of dialogue sessions to help us create meaningful change in City policies, service delivery and policing. We invite you to share your perspectives so that, as a community, we can better understand the complex issues related to racial equity, and find ways for City services to work better for everyone.

We heard how our community wanted additional opportunities to participate so we have added capacity to our previously scheduled sessions and have added a new session. Use the registration links below to join us!

Saturday, August 8 (Spanish with English interpretation)
10 a.m. - Noon
Register here

Thursday, August 13 (Youth focused session)
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Register here

Monday, August 17 (English with Spanish interpretation)
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Register here

Thursday, August 27 (Spanish with English interpretation)
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Register here

Wednesday, September 2 (English with Spanish interpretation)
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Register here

Each Community Dialogue Session will include simultaneous interpretation, and one session is specifically designed for youth participants. Please note, to ensure all participants have the opportunity to share their experiences while respecting everyone’s time, each session will be limit the number of participants and registration is required.

The Community Dialogue Sessions will culminate in a Virtual Town Hall with the City Council this Fall to report themes and recommendations based on the community conversations. More information can be found on our website here www.redwoodcity.org/racialequity, or by texting “Policing” to 474747.
Eat, Sip and Be in Redwood City
Who’s ready to safely get out to Eat, Sip & Be in RWC? Downtown Redwood City’s open-air dining experience is here!
 
Local restaurants have been invited to expand dining to the street seven days a week through September 30, 2020. The businesses will take over various downtown streets to allow extra capacity for diners.

New this week: Main Street from Stambaugh Street will be open for two-way traffic (Main Street from Stambaugh Street to Middlefield Road will remain closed).

Automatic hand sanitizer stations for public use are placed throughout the Eat, Sip & Be in RWC area. In addition, social distancing protocols will be enforced, and diners are recommended to make reservations at participating restaurants of choice in advance.
 
Please come out and support our local restaurants by dining outside or ordering take-out!
Learn How to Build a Resume with this Week's Home for the Summer with RWC Teens Series
Home for the Summer? No problem, learn some new skills, stay connected with us, and take great care of yourself.

This week, we are teaching you how to build a resume. Set yourself up for the future, starting now!

Visit our Parks, Recreation and Community Services Facebook page here to watch this week's video and learn more.
Online Bilingual Mindfulness Meditation
Please join us for an opportunity to experience the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation or deepen your practice, in Spanish and English.

Tuesday, August 11 at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Please RSVP for a required Zoom login by emailing Roz Kutler at rkutler@redwoodcity.org

More information here .
Meditatión mindfulness bilingüe con Jana Kiser y Selena Nadal
Únase a nosotros para experimentar los beneficios de la meditación Mindfulness o profundizar en su práctica, en español o inglés.

Martes 11 de agosto, 3:30 p.m.⁠
Miércoles 26 de agosto, 6:30 p.m.

Contactar a Roz Kutler para unirse  rkutler@redwoodcity.org

Mas información aquí.
Important Announcements
San Mateo County Job Fair - Tuesday, August 4
San Mateo County will be hosting the Job Fair Summer 2020 on Tuesday, August 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City (1221 Chess Drive). Full time, part time and seasonal positions, furloughed, unemployed, returning to the workforce, career advancement, supplemental income, all are welcome! Admission and parking are free.

  • Speak directly with representatives and hiring managers from local companies that are hiring now
  • Full time, part time and seasonal positions
  • Imperative to attend if you are: exploring new job opportunities, interested in a new industry, want to supplement your income or you are currently unemployed
  • Bring multiple copies of your resume and dress to impress

This event will implement procedures to follow health guidelines including physical distancing and face coverings. Thank you for your cooperation.

Register here .
Interested in Running for City Council? The Nomination Period for the November 2020 Election Now Open
The City Council candidate nomination period is now open! One of the best ways to become civically involved is running for a City Council member seat. Starting July 13 through Friday, August 7 at 5 p.m. nomination papers are available through the City Clerk, by appointment. Four members of the City Council representing Districts 1, 3, 4 and 7 will be elected. Not sure which district you live in? Go here .

Don't delay! For more information about the November 3, 2020 election and running for City Council, check out the 2020 Municipal Election Information page here .
Last Call: Applications to Join a Board, Commission or Committee Due Today - Friday, July 31 by 11:59 p.m.
Are you passionate about public art, City projects, zoning and planning, the City's history and design review, or do you know someone that is? The City welcomes and encourages your active participation by serving on a Council-appointed Board, Commission or Committee. 

The City is seeking a pool of volunteers to fill vacant seats for a variety of Boards, Commissions and Committees. Join the volunteer members in shaping policy initiatives and services affecting the community.

General application requirements include applicants who have an interest in civic involvement, must be 18 years of age or older, and be a registered voter. Some volunteer positions may have additional requirements or preferred areas of expertise.

Open Seats:

Applications are due Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Apply  here ! For more information about Advisory Boards, Commissions or Committees, click  here .
Calling all Renters - Join Us to Hear About Updates on State and County Housing Laws on August 10
Join staff from Project Sentinel for an up-to-date overview of state and county regulations on rental caps, just cause evictions, and other fair housing issues. Bring your housing-related questions to this interactive presentation!

Project Sentinel is a non-profit organization whose primary function is to assist individuals with housing problems such as discrimination, mortgage foreclosure & delinquency, rental issues including repairs, deposits, privacy, dispute resolution, home buyer education, post purchase education and reverse mortgages.

For more information and to RSVP, visit our Library events page here.
There is Power in Numbers - Complete your 2020 Census
As of July 29, Redwood City has a 77.4% response rate for the 2020 Census! Although that is great news, we still hope to reach the rest of you so we can get 100% of San Mateo County residents counted.

If you haven’t filled out the 2020 Census, expect an in-person visit from a Census worker beginning August 11. This is a method so that every single household in California gets counted. Please review helpful tips to identify a verified Census worker here .  

It's not too late! You can still complete your Census online or by phone, and avoid having a Census Bureau employee knock on your door. Visit www.my2020census.gov to complete your Census today.
SamTrans Launches Ride Now Taxi Subsidy Pilot Program
Starting August 1, 2020, SamTrans will begin accepting applications for qualifying customers to participate in Ride Now , a subsidized taxi service for seniors and people with disabilities, including existing Redi-Wheels customers. The pilot program operates within a designated service area covering San Carlos, Redwood City and North Fair Oaks .

Riders can access applications through SamTrans’ website or by calling 1 (800) 660-4287 (TTY 650.508.6448). Once approved and enrolled in the program, customers can book trips directly through Serra Yellow Cab . Riders pay a $5 copay per one-way trip, as well as any meter fare amount exceeding $25. Those enrolled in the program can take up to eight qualifying one-way trips per month.

The SamTrans Mobility Plan and the San Mateo County Paratransit Coordinating Council identified affordable, same-day transportation as a top need for seniors and people with disabilities in South County. The pilot aims to meet that demand and potentially offset some of the high operating cost of Redi-Wheels paratransit service, which provides over 1,000 trips per month within the Ride Now coverage area. It is one of four such taxi subsidy programs in San Mateo County, the others of which operate in Daly City, Pacifica and San Mateo.

The Ride Now pilot, made possible through a Federal Transit Administration grant , is currently funded through April 2021.

For more information, call SamTrans Customer Service at 1 (800) 660-4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.samtrans.com/RideNow
COVID-19 Update for San Mateo County
San Mateo County Added to State's COVID-19 Monitoring List, Preparing for Potential Additional Business Shutdowns
On July 29, the County of San Mateo was added to the state’s monitoring list due to an increase in the rate of COVID-19 cases in the county. If the county exceeds the state’s case rate threshold for three consecutive days, certain industries and activities will be required to cease operations unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up. 

As long as it remains on the list through today, July 31, the county will be involved in active engagement with the state while the case rate is closely monitored.

The county’s case rate as of July 29, based on a 14-day rolling average, was 110.4 positive cases per 100,000 of the population. The state’s threshold for inclusion on the monitoring list is a case rate of 100 per 100,000 people. San Mateo County Health continues to partner closely with hospitals about their capacity and surge plans.

The three-day clock began Wednesday, which means additional restrictions would take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 1. County officials believe that the local case rate will not decrease by Saturday, and urge businesses and the community to prepare now for the additional restrictions.

According to state guidelines, the following industries or activities must shut down, unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up:

  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Places of worship and cultural ceremonies, like weddings and funerals
  • Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors
  • Personal care services, like nail salons and body waxing
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Shopping malls

Shops that offer tattoos, piercings, and electrolysis may not be operated outdoors and must close. The state provides guidance for personal care services to operate outside in this document.

On July 17, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that schools in counties on the monitoring list will not be allowed to hold in-class instruction. However, elementary school districts may request a waiver of this prohibition from the health officer. Counties must remain off the list for 14 consecutive days before schools (absent a waiver) can reopen for in-person learning. 

“We’ve been anticipating being added to the monitoring list as our case rate hovers above the state’s target,” said San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy. “It’s clear that COVID-19 continues to spread in our community and in the Bay Area. It’s vital that we all do everything we can — wearing face coverings, washing our hands, and avoiding gatherings — to slow and eventually stop the spread. These individual actions can make a huge difference.”

The state has not offered guidelines for when restrictions might be lifted. Additional information from the state may be found here:

Information about the County of San Mateo’s response to COVID-19 is at  www.smcgov.org .
San Mateo County Health Quick Facts
Number of Cases
According to San Mateo County Health, as of July 30, there are 5,469 COVID-19 cases with 119 deaths in San Mateo County. There are 1,140 confirmed cases in Redwood City. That equates to 133.8 cases for every 10,000 residents. 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.

County Manager’s Media Briefing on YouTube
The July 22, 2020, media briefing on the County of San Mateo’s response to COVID-19 hosted by San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy can be viewed here. Subscribe to the County’s YouTube channel here .

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.
FREE COVID-19 Testing Available
San Mateo County’s free COIVD-19 testing is available without restriction to everyone. Because only 500 tests are allocated each day, it is advisable to schedule an appointment with Verily/Project Baseline, San Mateo County’s free testing provider here . If you don’t have access to the internet, there may be a volunteer on site who can assist you. 

The following locations are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

San Mateo: August 3
San Mateo County Event Center
1346 Saratoga Drive

Half Moon Bay: August 4
Cunha Intermediate School
600 Church Street

San Bruno: August 5
The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints
975 Sneath Lane

North Fair Oaks: August 6 and 7
Everest High School
455 Fifth Avenue
Construction News


For updates about construction-related road closures, street detours, and other potential traffic impacts, go here .
Join the Conversation
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