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Key Highlights
What's in this Edition of eNews?
  • Public Comments on the Redwood City Draft Housing Element Due by Monday, September 26
  • Help Shape the Future of the Transit Center; Join the Virtual Community Design Input Meeting on Wednesday, September 28
  • Want To Learn More About Fire, Reach and Building Codes? Join the Community Meeting on October 4 
  • Zoppé Italian Family Circus Returns to Downtown Redwood City on October 7
  • Join the Redwood City Police Advisory Committee (PAC) Town Hall on October 12
  • Register to Vote in the November 2022 Municipal Election by October 24
  • Bird Scooter Safety Tips; How To Report an Issue
  • *Reminder* Sign Up Today for Discounts on Solar and Battery Storage
  • Message From San Mateo County Health on New Bivalent Boosters
  • COVID-19 Testing
Redwood City Cares
Public Comments on the Redwood City Draft Housing Element Due by Monday, September 26
What’s new in the Housing Element?  
In response to discussions and comments provided in the July 8, 2022 letter from California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) additional analysis, information, and program actions have been added to the Housing Element. A matrix of HCD comments and the City’s responses/revisions to the Housing Element is included to facilitate review. In addition to the revisions that respond to HCD comments, the City made a few additional edits to address typographical errors, changes in circumstances in the sites inventory, and to address public comments. 
 
The City is receiving public comments and questions related to the Housing Element update. There are three ways to provide your input:

  1. Use the comment form here
  2. Email comments to housingupdate@redwoodcity.org
  3. Mail comments to City of Redwood City, Attn: Apollo Rojas 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA 94063

The Draft Housing Element public comment period is open until
Monday, September 26, 2022

Additional information is available on our website WelcomeHomeRWC.org and on our Interactive Housing Sites and Strategies Explorer.
 
Questions?
If you have any questions, please contact us at housingupdate@redwoodcity.org.
Help Shape the Future of the Transit Center; Join the Virtual Community Design Input Meeting on Wednesday, September 28
Help shape the future of the Transit Center, including the Train Station and Bus Depot, in Downtown Redwood City by joining us for a virtual community design input meeting!

A great Transit Center design will support the vitality of Downtown, create a community gathering place, welcome visitors, and improve travel to and from Redwood City. This new connector and community hub has the opportunity to strengthen our City’s identity and integrate place making through design, signage, open space, and public art.

As we develop the project, we’d like to hear your thoughts and share how past community feedback has shaped the planning.

Join us for this important conversation!
When: September 28, 2022, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Meeting ID: 985 2563 0585
Call-in phone #: (669) 900-6833

Interpretation services are available upon request.

To find out more about the project, please visit our website at RWCTransitPlan.com or email us at transitplan@redwoodcity.org.
Want To Learn More About Fire, Reach and Building Codes? Join the Community Meeting on October 4 
Curious what changes could be coming to the 2023 fire, reach and building codes?

On Tuesday, October 4 City staff will share fire, reach and building code changes that are likely to be recommended to City Council on October 24. Come join us in-person in the City Hall Chambers or online via Zoom to hear directly from staff and to give feedback. Those attending in-person will receive a box lunch if they sign up in advance.

Also, don't forget to share your feedback on Redwood City’s current all-electric reach codes. Fill out this survey to give your opinion on how Redwood City should address all-electric building codes this year.

For more information on Redwood City's reach codes and to review the current policy, check out our website here.
Zoppé Italian Family Circus Returns to Downtown Redwood City on October 7
Main Library Parking Lot, Downtown Redwood City - 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City - map

The circus is coming to town! Zoppé will welcome guests back into the authentic one-ring circus tent, starting October 7 for matinee and evening showtimes. 

The theme this year for the circus is Liberta. The Zoppé Italian Family Circus offers a taste of freedom and liberty for everyone, bringing refreshing times that people can enjoy with friends and family.

This year, the Zoppé Circus brings thrilling new acts, where you will be wowed by the Kamorov Cossack Horseback riders; amazed by Alek Alegria Ramos, trapeze artist; inspired by the Kaloleni Acrobats from Kenya; on the edge of your seat with Jim Decker on the highwire; impressed by Gabriella Zerbini's new dog act; breathless from Brayan Portugal's Ladder of Death; delighted with new Ring Master Henry Lowrance; awed by Mia Riley and her Liberty Pony, especially amused by the antics of Nino the Clown; and there's even more to discover and enjoy!  

The Zoppé Family Circus is a once-a-year event not to be missed, so get your tickets early!

PLUS! Kids won't want to miss Zoppé Circus Camp the week of Thanksgiving Break! Click here for more info!
Join the Redwood City Police Advisory Committee (PAC) Town Hall on October 12
Help make Redwood City safer for all!

Join the City of Redwood City Police Advisory Committee (PAC) Town Hall on Wednesday, October 12, from 6-7:30 p.m. to share your thoughts on policing in the community.

  • Spanish interpretation available
  • Dinner and childcare provided!
  • Small group discussions on key issues in local public safety
  • Give feedback anonymously or "on the record"

To register for this event, please visit RWCPACTownHall.Eventbrite.com.

For more information about the Police Advisory Committee, please visit www.RedwoodCity.org/PAC.
Register to Vote in the November 2022 Municipal Election by October 24
Remember to register to vote by October 24, 2022.

You can register to vote online at RegisterToVote.CA.gov or you can fill out a paper registration form, which can be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office or can be mailed to you.

All registered voters in Redwood City will receive a ballot by mail for the November 8, 2022 election. Be on the lookout for your ballot to arrive starting in October. We encourage you to mark and return your voted ballot promptly. Be sure to sign the return envelope!

For more information about the upcoming municipal election in Redwood City, please visit www.RedwoodCity.org/ElectionInformation.
Bird Scooter Safety Tips; How To Report an Issue
Help keep our city safe and accessible for everyone. Always ride responsibly with these helpful tips:

  • Stay off the sidewalks
  • Be mindful of pedestrians and other riders
  • One passenger per scooter
  • Wear a helmet
  • Use a bike lane when available or ride along the side of the road

Help Bird Keep Sidewalks Clear
If you see a Bird that's blocking the public right of way, please let us know. Remember, you don't need to be a Bird user to report issues.

There are several ways to alert Bird when there's an issue:

  • On the App: In the bottom left corner of the Bird mobile app, click on the Community Mode icon ⚠️ and file a report. This sends an immediate action alert to the Operations team
  • Email Bird: Send an email with details of the location to redwoodcity311@bird.co to file a report with the Operations team
  • Call Bird: Call the 24/7 support line at +1 (866) 205-2442 is here to help resolve any reports quickly and efficiently

For more information about our Shared Micromobility program, please visit www.RedwoodCity.org/SharedMicromobility.
*Reminder* Sign Up Today for Discounts on Solar and Battery Storage
The City of Redwood City is working with Bay Area SunShares to help create a more sustainable community through cleaner energy.
 
Bay Area SunShares provides a discount on turnkey solar installations and home battery storage. Redwood City residents can sign up for the SunShares discount between September 1 and November 15, 2022. In addition to the discounts, the program also offers:
 
  • Free, no-obligation solar and storage proposals from pre-vetted installers
  • Informational webinars about solar and storage
  • Partnerships to learn about electrifying your home and transportation
 
Secure your discount at www.bayareasunshares.org before November 15!
COVID-19 Updates
Message From San Mateo County Health on New Bivalent Boosters
The significant news on the vaccination front is that the FDA has authorized and CDC recommended the updated COVID-19 booster for Moderna for adults 18 years and older and for Pfizer for those 12 years and older. This updated booster is now recommended for everyone age 12+ who has completed the primary series. We recommend that populations at greatest risk of severe COVID infection, including the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions, get the booster as soon as they are eligible. In addition, those in group settings, such as schools and congregate living facilities, are encouraged to get the updated booster as soon as possible.

The updated COVID-19 boosters add Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 spike protein components to the current vaccine composition, helping to restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination by targeting variants that are more transmissible and immune-evading. This bivalent vaccine protects against two strains – the original virus strain and the Omicron variant. The COVID-19 booster dose can be co-administered with other vaccines, including flu vaccines. 
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.
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.