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City Manager's Weekly Update May 15, 2020
Message from Mayor Lieberman
San Mateo County is now entering Stage 2 of its Stay-At-Home plans. This means that more relaxed rules are going to apply to certain retail, childcare, and other businesses. While stores are not typically allowed to be open for business as they were prior to the Stay-At-Home restrictions, many will be allowed to provide curbside service. For more details about this, click here. https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/ County updates can also be found here: https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus. Read the Mayor’s entire message.
Earlier Today San Mateo Health Officer Morrow Provided Updates to the Shelter in Place
The San Mateo County Health Officer’s revised Health Order is directing all individuals in the county to continue sheltering at their place of residence except for identified needs and activities, in compliance with specified requirements; continuing to exempt homeless individuals from the order but urging government agencies to provide them shelter; requiring all businesses and recreation facilities that are allowed to operate to implement social distancing, face covering, and cleaning protocols; and directing all businesses, facility operators, and governmental agencies to continue the temporary closure of all other operations not allowed under this order. You can read the full May 15, 2020 Health Order
Additionally, these HO’s also came out today.
Health Officer Order Appendix A: Social Distancing Protocol (Implementation and applicable safety measures for businesses)
Back to Basics
It’s only natural that when people hear about things beginning to reopen, they will want to get out more and reconnect with friends and family members. Please remember, the following health orders are still in place:
- Stay home except for exercise, essential needs and to visit a reopened business.
- No gatherings of any kind with people not in your household. Even with face coverings.
- Bring a face covering with you when you leave home and put it on if you can’t maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
The CDC put out this video a few days ago featuring a case study that does a good job of illustrating how something as simple as going to a family birthday party and other small get-togethers can still have dire consequences. COVID-19 is highly contagious.
As we enter our third month of the COVID-19 public health emergency, it’s easy to get lax in the most basic precautions, which also happen to be the most effective defense:
- Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds several times throughout the day
- Don’t touch your face
- Maintain 6 feet of distance from those not in your household
- Wear a face covering when you leave home
- Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces often
- Stay at home
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) recently released details of one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance for undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance, including through the CARES Act. Details regarding the program, deadlines, application process, and immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations that will help individuals apply for and receive assistance in their region can be found here: https://cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/immigration/covid-19-drai.
Network of Care Resources for Seniors on San Mateo County’s Website
The County of San Mateo’s COVID-19 website now includes a senior resources page where older adults can find just about everything from getting assistance with things like prescription deliveries, caregiving and even connecting with others and coping with stress. The page also lists COVID-19 resources and provides links to information on financial assistance, food assistance, health and housing, library services and much more. See www.smcgov.org/senior-resources
San Mateo County COVID-19 Cases
San Mateo County Health has updated the number of positive cases to 1,536 as of May 13, 2020. County Health provides detailed information on cases by age group and deaths by age group. Learn more at www.smchealth.org/coronavirus
COVID-19: What you Need to Know About Testing
Beginning Monday, May 18, the number of COVID-19 testing sites operated by Verily will expand. 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 (use this hyperlink: https://bit.ly/2xk73OL)
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 County can help residents who have an appointment but lack transportation to the test site. After being screened online and receiving an appointment time, individuals with no other means to reach the testing site can call 650-779-9375 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to arrange transportation.
TESTING LOCATIONS & SCHEDULE
Appointments are required. Schedule here https://bit.ly/2xk73OL
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
550 Bell Street, East Palo Alto
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Testing locations closed.
A message from our sports heroes to keep us SMCSTRONG (Steve Young and Jerry Rice)
While State Faces Massive $54B FY 2021 Budget Deficit, Belmont and Other Cities Mostly Spared in Governors May Revision Budget Proposal
On Thursday, facing a massive revenue shortfall of $54B due to the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19 on the state’s budget, the Governor proposed a multiyear recovery in the May Revision by tapping every available reserve and counting on federal support to create a balanced budget. This is the State’s first deficit in eight years and it dwarfs previous deficits.
The May Revision budget proposal is scaled down to $203B from January’s $222.2B plan with a focus on the following core values: public education, public health, public safety, and people hit hardest by COVID-19. Fortunately for Belmont, along with other local governments, the Governor of the belief that locals are on the front lines, protecting communities and delivering services throughout the pandemic, so therefore should be spared from State takeaways, additional borrowing schemes or budget cutting efforts, at least so far.
The May Revision proposes to use $16.2B in the Budget Stabilization Account (Rainy Day Fund) over three years, cancel planned or previously proposed program expansions, spend available federal funds, and build automatic budget controls in the event that new federal stimulus dollars are approved.
Of particular interest to Belmont, the May Revision allocates $450M of the State’s CARES Act funding to cities and $1.3B to counties to be used toward homelessness, public health, public safety, and other services to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The $450M is to go to cities that did not receive a direct allocation under the CARES Act, like Belmont. This pronouncement finally clarifies that CARES Act relief will be passed down to cities less than 500,000 in population.
The Belmont Permit Center is Now Open for Permits/Submittals Online
The Permit Center is still physically closed to the public, however, online permitting and applications are moving forward.
If you would like to apply for building permits, submit plans, schedule inspections or any other activity related to your construction project, please visit our in-depth permit center page that will walk you through each process and safety protocols for conducting business. Visit https://www.belmont.gov/departments/permit-center
Wildland Fire Preparedness Town Hall
The San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department will be presenting a Wildland Preparedness Town Hall meeting on May 28 at 6PM. Speakers will include Fire Chief Ray Iverson, Fire Marshal Robert Marshall, and other members of the SMC Fire Team. Topics will include changes to state law affecting buildings in wildland areas, what is the risk, how to prepare, which will be followed by a question and answer period. Please join us!
Welcome Belmont PD Newest Member
Belmont PD is proud to introduce its new K9 team, Officer Adam Baggetta and K9 Bandit. Officer Baggetta has been with BPD for 3 years and was formerly an officer with the Peninsula Humane Society. Bandit is a 3 year old German Shepherd and is trained in Narcotic Detection and People Tracking. Bandit loves snacks and being around people! Visit the attached link and watch Bandit in action! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJYH0MDhgbI
Project and Traffic Updates
North Road Pump Station and El Camino Real Force Main Rehabilitation Project:
On the week of May 18th, the contractor will start excavation and pipe installation in northbound direction of El Camino Real across the street from 600 El Camino Real continuing north through 500 block of El Camino Real. Lane #2 (on the right) will be closed to traffic during work hours.
Sanitary Sewer Easement Project:
On the week of May 18th EPS, Inc. will conduct the following work:
• Pipebursting in the easement on Continentals Way
• Abandonment of the gravity sewer main pipe on El Camino Real at Broadway On the week of May 26th EPS, Inc. will be conducting trenchless pipe replacement (pipebursting) in the easement between 2500 block of Carmelita Avenue and 2400 block of Casa Bona Avenue. Residents have been notified. Traffic control will be in place. Always refer to our Traffic Advisories webpage for updated project information.
Reminder Be Smart, Be Seen During
Recreation Programs and Updates
Happy Bright Kids Interactive Puppet Show: Round 2! There’s a live, interactive puppet show coming your way. HBK troupe has diversified talent, we can entertain and teach them about magic, puppetry, ventriloquism, and even balloon twisting. We look forward to offering this free show to Belmont Residents! Join us on Monday, May 18th 11:30 AM via zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86404371629. No RSVP required!
- The City’s Virtual Rec web page is updated weekly with new activities and ideas for all ages (https://www.belmont.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/virtual-rec-2285)
- Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the City has determined that it will not be able to provide an aquatics program at Carlmont High School this summer. More information about Camp SOAR and other in person and virtual summer camp and learning opportunities is coming soon!
- Our Belmont Community Learning Center offers full day care for children of essential workers (as defined by the County Health Order). Contact us at 650-588-7448.
- Seniors, if you’d like to receive an Activity Kit filled with fun puzzles, brain teasers and helpful information, please call 650-595-7444.
- The County’s Great Plates meal delivery program provides delicious meals to seniors 65 and over and adults 60-64 who are at high risk. Contact our senior center for more information. (https://covid19.ca.gov/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors/
Belmont Poetry Night on Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00 pm
Nancy J. Morales, John Johnson, and Terry Ehret have been working for six years on translating the poems of renowned contemporary Mexican poet, Ulalume González de León. She was a fascinating poet whom Octavio Paz called “the greatest Mexicana poet since Sister Juana Inez de la Cruz.” I'm so excited to have access to her works in translation, now from Sixteen Rivers Press.
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The AARP Tax Preparation Program
The program which is run by volunteers who are mostly over the age of 60, remain willing and on standby to continue to provide services in June or July if it is safe to do so by then. The Tax Preparation services usually take place at the Twin Pines Senior & Community Center once a week between February and April, but due to the outbreak had to suspend services at the beginning of March. This is one of the few agencies that provide this service free of charge to low-income households and seniors.
Hillsdale Station to Temporarily Close for Construction
This Saturday, May 16, Caltrain’s Hillsdale Station in San Mateo will temporarily close for up to six months as part of the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project.
During the closure, trains will not serve the Hillsdale Station. Passengers are advised to utilize the Belmont Station instead. To accommodate San Mateo riders, Belmont Station parking will be free of charge for Caltrain customers until the newly constructed Hillsdale Station opens in the fall. For more information on station access alternatives, including free connecting SamTrans bus and shuttle service, visit www.caltrain.com/HillsdaleTempClosure.
For the entire press release and more information visit: Caltrain