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The Belmont City Manager has proclaimed a Local State of Emergency to protect the public health and safety caused by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). More information...


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City Manager's Weekly Update July 31, 2020

Post Date:07/31/2020 4:30 PM

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San Mateo County Added to State’s COVID-19 Monitoring List

On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, San Mateo County 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 beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up.

During the first three days, as long as it remains on the list, the county will be involved in active engagement with the state while the case rate is closely monitored. The county’s case rate today, based on a 14-day rolling average, is 110.4 positive cases per 100,000 of population. The state’s threshold for inclusion on the monitoring list is a case rate of 100.

Read the entire news release

COVID-19 Testing Available Aug. 3-7
San Mateo County’s no-cost COVID-19 testing is available without restriction to anyone. Because only 500 tests are allocated each day, it is advisable to schedule an appointment with testing provider Verily/Project Baseline

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: Aug. 3 San Mateo County Event Center 1346 Saratoga Drive
Half Moon Bay: Aug. 4 Cunha Intermediate School 600 Church Street
San Bruno: Aug. 5 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 975 Sneath Lane
North Fair Oaks: Aug. 6 & 7 Everest High School 455 Fifth Avenue

Find the complete calendar and valuable testing information at:

San Mateo County COVID-19 Cases
San Mateo County Health has updated the number of positive cases to 5,398 as of July 29, 2020.

County Health provides detailed information on cases by age group and date and deaths by age group. Learn more at

Call Center
Residents with non-medical, non-emergency questions about the coronavirus can call 211 or 800-273-6222 at any time, day or night. Callers from landlines and cellular telephones located within San Mateo County are connected with a trained service professional from 211, a confidential service available in 180 languages. 

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Public Art Master Plan – One more week to participate in the Survey!
The City of Belmont is developing a Public Art Master Plan. While addressing COVID-19 impacts certainly tops the City's immediate priorities, the City continues to advance this vital component of the ongoing Placemaking effort, which began as a Council Priority in FY18 and continues as part of the City’s 2020 Strategic Plan. This Master Plan will provide the process framework to realize the City’s commitment to maintaining and enhancing its character and quality of life through art and expression and catalyze the city's long term economic rejuvenation.  More information is available here

Please take a moment to complete the Public Art Survey to share your vision for more art in Belmont.   For inspiration, here are some examples of public art in other cities:

Temporary Trail Closure on 8/1
A local Eagle Scout is replacing a bridge on the Chaparral Trail on Saturday, August 1.  Please use an alternate route. 

Camp SOAR completed the first week of our third and final session of the Summer. Campers experienced a Swinging Safari with all kinds of animal themed crafts, games, and activities.


Public Works



10:00 AM—1:00 PM

Belmont City Hall

One Twin Pines Park

The City of Belmont and Rethink Waste invite you to our document shredding/e-waste
drop-off event! Bring your confidential documents for shredding and any
unwanted electronics for proper disposal.

For more information please contact Belmont Public Works at (650)-595-7425 or email: 

Tips on How to Replace Driveways and Sidewalks
The Public Works Department has noticed an uptick in unpermitted construction activity, mostly at single family homes in Belmont neighborhoods. Many of the issues relate to residents wanting, understandably, to replace old cracked driveways and sidewalks. Permeable pavers have some great benefits to allowing drainage, decreasing runoff and usually are quite aesthetically pleasing. However, for long-term maintenance of infrastructure in the city "right of way," (which commonly includes sidewalks and driveway aprons), pavers are only allowed for walkways up to homes or in driveways, but not on aprons or sidewalks. Public Works staff have prepared a "Frequently Asked Questions" on the topic, so for those curious or, for just about any property owner in the city, this is an informative read. 

CalPERS FY20 Investment Return Falls Short of 7% Objective

CalPERS is reporting a 4.7% investment return for the year ended June 30, 2020, short of the 7% target. Losses dipped dramatically between March and April, but partially recovered through June 30th. [More

Community Partners and Bay Area News Updates

Plan Bay Area 2050: Here’s what is coming up this month...                   

Special Note: Long-Range Planning Continues Despite COVID-19

Still Time Remaining... Make Your Voice Heard on the Draft Blueprint through August 10!
As the Bay Area continues to contend with the coronavirus pandemic that requires residents to maintain physical distancing, MTC/ABAG is offering digital workshops  to provide the public the ability to give input on the Plan Bay Area 2050 Draft Blueprint. The public is urged to weigh in by the end of the public comment period, Monday, August 10. [More]

Bay Area Ride Partners – News from SamTrans, Caltrain, and Transit Authority
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.

    Low-Income Caltrain Riders Start Saving with Clipper START

  • As Caltrain ridership slowly climbs back from the steep decline caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the new Clipper START program will allow adults age 19-64, who are lower-income, to receive fare discounts on select transit services around the region.

    Caltrain Surveys Show Riders Plan to Return

  • Caltrain has released a series of recent surveys and studies that show that its riders plan on returning to the service. The COVID-19 Rider Survey sought a clearer picture of how the pandemic would affect future ridership patterns.

    US 101-Willow Interchange Project Wins California Transportation Foundation Award

  • The San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA), the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG), and Caltrans District 4 have received the California Transportation Foundation's Interchange Project of the Year Award for the US 101-Willow Road Interchange Reconstruction.

    Caltrain Hires Naming Rights and Sponsorship Consultant

  • The Caltrain Board of Directors awarded Elevate Sports Ventures, LLC of Santa Clara with a consulting contract to manage the agency's naming rights opportunities. Read more from Peninsula Moves

Caltrans is constructing express lanes on U.S. 101 from the San Mateo County/Santa Clara County line to I-380 in South San Francisco. Construction is expected to be completed in mid-2022 with the full lanes opening to traffic late 2022.caltrain 101

New Video! Check out the project’s new video and learn more about the scope and sequence of construction, now available on Click here to watch!

Nighttime ramp closures: Short-term nighttime ramp closures are possible the week of August 2nd (between Sunday night and Friday morning) in/near the cities of Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont, San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame, and Millbrae

2020 Census- There’s Still Time, But Avoid A Knock At Your Door, Register Online
If you haven’t filled out the #2020Census, expect an in-person visit from a Census worker. This is a method every single household in California gets counted. There’s power in numbers and we need all the strength we can get behind the 2020Census. You can still do it online or by phone, and avoid having a census bureau employee knock on your door. They start August 11, so fill it out today! or 844-330-2020.

A verified Census worker will have this badge as identification:


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