Updated: Aug 9, 2020
Monday, April 6, 2020
Redwood City- 6:00 pm
Federal COVID-19 Task Force, CA Governor Newsom, Congresswoman Speier, Congresswoman Eshoo, Health Officer of San Mateo County, San Mateo County BHRS, U.S. State Department, Cal-OES, Supervisor Dave Pine, City of Redwood City, City of San Francisco, Mayor London Breed, SMC Tax Assessor, Project Sentinel, Western Center on Law & Poverty.
Cases Deaths County
579 13 San Mateo
1224 42 Santa Clara
497 7 San Francisco
Here’s What’s New
San Mateo County Property Tax Deadline Has Been Extended!
The deadline to pay Property Taxes in San Mateo County has been extended until May 4, 2020. For more information please go to tax.smcgov.org
Please Note: In Person Payment Centers located in Redwood City, South San Francisco & Half Moon Bay l are closed until further notice. Property Taxes can be paid by:
Mail Using Envelope Enclosed with Property Tax Bill
Automated phone system at (866) 220-0308
Online at: tax.smcgov.org
Drop box located at 555 County Center in Redwood City
Important Landlord & Tenant Updates!
Court Ruling Halts All Evictions In CA.
San Mateo County Information
Redwood City Rental Assistance
Project Sentinel Regional Rental Housing Information & Assistance
Latest Updates & Orders From San Mateo County Health Officer
COVID Act Now Website: County By County Data & Information
COVID Act Now provides updated information, projections, models, and scientific data for each County. covidactnow.org/us/ca/county/san_mateo_county
Redwood City-City Council Meeting Tonight April 6, 2020
City Council Chambers are CLOSED and are not open to the public
Meeting will be broadcast live to on Astound Broadband cable Channel 26 and Comcast cable Channel 27, AT&T U-verse Channel 99 and are streamed at www.redwoodcity.org Members of the public may provide comments, By email to email@example.com. All comments received prior to the commencement of item will be read into the record By joining the Zoom teleconference via web or telephone: For web, visit redwoodcity.zoom.us, select “Join” enter Meeting ID 252-123-678 and use the Raise Hand feature to request to speak. Y For dial-in comments, call *67 (669) 900-6833 (your phone number will appear on the live broadcast if *67 is not dialed prior to the phone number), enter Meeting ID 252-123-678 and press *9 to request to speak. Meeting Agenda & Staff Reports are available here at April 6 2020 redwoodcity.org/MeetingAgendaOnline
Holy Week & Passover Services
The following places of worship in Redwood City will be “Streaming” Holy Week & Passover Services.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
Father Ulysses will be Celebrating Mass via “Zoom” during Holy Week
https://us04web.zoom.us/OLMC Mass. For more information please go to parish.mountcarmel.org The San Francisco ArchDiocese has an extensive list of Parishes throughout the Diocese who are "Live Streaming" Mass. For more information, please go to sfarchdiocese.org/livestreams
Peninsula Covenant Church-PCC
PCC will be streaming Services twice daily during Holy Week.
Easter Celebration will be streamed at 8:55 9:05 10:00 and 11:00AM. For more detailed information please go to wearepcc.com/events/easter-online
Regular Services are streamed 4 times each Sunday. PCC offers lots of additional information and services on their website. For more information, please go to wearepcc.com
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Redeemer Lutheran Church is Live Streaming Services via Facebook Live at
Congregation Beth Jacob- Passover
Congregation Beth Jacob has an extensive webpage dedicated to Passover. bethjacobrwc.org/worship/holidays-festivals/passover-5780
In addition, Congregation Beth Jacob offers additional virtual programming at
Rabbi Potash of Chabad MidPen Live Streams classes and services via Facebook Live and “Zoom”. Follow Chabad MidPen on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChabadMidPen For more information please go to www.chabadmidpen.com
Small Business Update
SAMCEDA: Updated COVID-19 Business Continuity Action Plan
Mental Health-Wellness While Physical Distancing
San Mateo County BHRS smcbhrsblog.orgBHRS_Wellness_While_Physical_Distancing.pdf
Here’s What’s Been Covered To Date
San Mateo County Expands & Extends “Shelter at Home” Until May 3, 2020
Physical social distancing is mandatory. Everyone must comply at all times
Outdoor Activities- Must Be Within 5 miles From Your Residence.
Effective Friday, April 3, 2020,
essential businesses operating in San Mateo County must complete, post, and implement Social Distancing Protocols at each business location/branch. Businesses must maximize the number of employees who work from home excepting only those employees who cannot perform their job duties from home, and must scale down operations to their essential component only.
Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home are no longer essential businesses under the Order, and must cease operations.
Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas is prohibited. Use of shared public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is also prohibited. Sports or activities that require use of shared equipment, like frisbees, basketballs, baseballs, and soccer balls, may only be engaged in by members of the same household.
Construction—residential and commercial—is prohibited. Exceptions are made for healthcare facility construction directly related to the COVID-19 response.
Childcare facilities may only provide care to children or dependents of individuals working for Essential Businesses, providing Essential Governmental Functions, or performing Minimum Basic Operations for non-essential businesses.
Individuals may move residences only if it is not possible to wait until the Order expires, such as if a move is already planned or if it is necessary for safety or habitability.
Landscapers and similar service professionals may only provide services necessary to maintain the sanitation, habitability, or operation of residences or businesses, or for safety reasons. They may not provide services that are cosmetic or for general upkeep or maintenance.
“Shelter At Home” Frequently Asked Questions www.smcgov.org/shelter-place-faqs
California “Statewide Stay At Home” Order covid19.ca.gov/stay-homeessential-needs/
SM County Health Official Issues Dire Warning: STAY HOME
San Mateo County COVID-19 Non-Emergancy Call Center: Call 211
The San Mateo Call Center answers non-emergency COVID-19 related calls 24/7 in 180 different languages. To reach the call center dial 211.
Redwood City Patch-List of Open Essential Businesses in Redwood City
If you or someone you know has an essential business that is open in Redwood City, the Patch is compiling a list to share with the community. To be added to this list go to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/
Federal Cares Act -Full Final Text
SMALL Business Cares Act Programs:
New Resource: A List of Relief Funds for Undocumented Workers in California
The 2020 San Mateo County Fair Has Been Cancelled
Golden Gate Park turned 150! Virtual Celebration Continues Online:
The “Golden Gate Park 150” website includes the music line-up and lots of fun things for the whole family to enjoy! For more information please go to www.GoldenGatePark150.com
Clarification of Terms
County officials are using the term “Shelter In Place”. The State’s Order is called” Shelter at Home”. As many of you may know, this term has historically been reserved for use in “Active Shooter” situations or Toxic Spills. It implies that you must remain exactly where you are, until the all clear has been given and it is safe to leave. This is not what the County or Statewide Order mandates. Therefore, we will use the term “Shelter At Home” when referring to the current orders in place.
Verily COVID-19-Risk Screening & Testing
In collaboration with the California Governor's office, federal, state and local public health authorities, Verily is providing FREE risk screening and COVID-19 testing to people in San Mateo County for more information go to www.projectbaseline.com
Understanding COVID-19 From A Medical Perspective
Medical Emergencies: Cal 911
Sequoia Hospital: www.dignityhealth.org/bayarea/locations/sequoia/contact-us
*VA San Francisco: www.sanfrancisco.va.gov
*All patients and visitors to the San Francisco VA Medical Center must check in at Building 200 to complete a health questionnaire before entering. Questionnaire Here.
Veterans Crisis Line: www.veteranscrisisline.net
VA Palo Alto: www.paloalto.va.gov/index.asp
Bay Area School Closures Extended Through May 1, 2020
Blood Banks-Inventories Are Running Dangerously Low!
Red Cross & Stanford Blood Banks need our help! Blood Banks are EXEMPT from the statewide “Stay At Home Order”. Donating blood is an ESSENTIAL to saving lives. For more info about donating blood and/or to make an appointment please go to: Red Cross RedCrossBlood.org or stanfordbloodcenter.org/faq-on-novel-coronavirus-and-blood-donation/
What is an Essential Employee?
Health Care Providers,Pharmacy Employees, Blood Banks
Public Safety: Police ,Fire,Paramedics, CHP, Prison Guards, Media
Infrastructure: Airports, Public Transportation, Truck Drivers, Cal-Trans, Cal-Train
Utilities (PG&E, water, sewer, gas, sanitation, internet/cable) Public Works
Bank, Grocery & Hardware Store Employees
Restaurant Employees: Take Out or Delivery Only
Volunteering: Donating Blood, Providing Essential Goods & Services to others
FEMA Recommends Shopping For Essential Goods One Day Per Week
Essential Trips should be made by ONE family member, if possible.
Essential trips should not be a family/group outing. Please use caution when using gas pumps, ATM & point of sale machines, etc. Do not touch your face/eyes, practice physical social distancing and wash hands immediately, upon returning home.
Remember Social Distancing = Flattening The Curve
List of Local Stores With Special Store Hours For At Risk Community Members
List of Redwood City Restaurants Open For Take Out/Delivery or Both
Outside of essential employment and obtaining essential goods/services for yourself and others (grocery, medical, vet, pharmacy, laundry, bank), outdoor activities like walking your dog, running, riding your bike, in your own neighborhood are allowed. However, You must stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who does not live in your household, at all times.
Redwood City Parks & Playgrounds
CLOSED All playgrounds, dog parks, pocket parks, Red Morton Skatepark, tennis courts, and all fenced-in recreational amenities, water fountains and park restrooms. Pickup group sports games are not allowed on sports fields or any open areas. Sports requiring people to share a ball/equipment must be limited to people living in the same household. Use of playground equipment at City Parks & Schools are prohibited.
OPEN City park pathways and open spaces will remain at this time. Stulsaft Park is open for dog walking & hiking. Entrances on Silver Hill, Farm Hill, and Foothill are open. The lower Goodwin gate is closed. Park visitors are required to follow Social Distancing. Police can issue citations to anyone in violation of Statewide Orders.
San Mateo County Closes All Parks Effective 3/27
State Park & Beach Parking Lot Closures: Effective March 23, 2020
State Parks have taken additional safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. A list of Park Closures can be found at www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve www.parks.ca.gov and www.parks.ca.gov/NewsRelease/945
RWC Park & Rec. Launches “Keep Busy Redwood City” Website
Redwood City Library: Redwood Libraries Are Closed
Downloadable e-books magazines newspapers & more
San Mateo County Temporary Moratorium on Evictions
A temporary moratorium has been placed on all COVID-19 related residential evictions for the non-payment of rent, in all 20 cities and unincorporated areas, in San Mateo County. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to prohibit landlords from evicting tenants who are unable to pay rent due to the impacts of the COVID-19, through at least May 31, 2020. Tenants will have up to 180 days after the regulation’s end to pay delayed rents. The eviction moratorium is unique, in that board actions are generally restricted to unincorporated lands governed by the county. Paramount to the decision was to prevent exacerbating our homeless epidemic, and the threat to public health evictions would impose while under a statewide “Shelter at Home” order. San Francisco has passed a similar moratorium.
Dept. of Education Suspends Standardized Testing-Delays Student Loans
The Department of Education has announced that federally required standardized testing requirements for Elementary-High School students will be waived for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, college students with federally funded student loans will be allowed to suspend student loan payments for 60 days. Borrowers must call their lender to op-in to this program. Stay tuned: this date is expected to be extended. For more information please go to: www.ed.gov/coronavirus?src=feature
Virtual Daily Mass with Fr. Ulysses Redwood City OLMC Catholic Church
Our Lady Of Mt Carmel Fr. Ulysses is offering virtual daily Mass at noon. This is an excellent opportunity for Catholic's to celebrate daily Mass together and create a moment of sacred grace. Especially with our shelter-in-place order, during the season of Lent. To participate in the Daily ZOOM “Mass” go to: https://us04web.zoom.us/OLMC Mass
Let’s “Get Loud For Our Heroes” - Each evening at 7pm
Let's make some noise Redwood City for our Health Care Workers, First Responders, Grocery Store Clerks, Restaurant Workers, and ALL of OUR essential workers. The "Get loud for our heroes" Movement began last night at 7 pm and will continue at the same time every night. Residents are encouraged to step outside of their homes or look outside their windows for two minutes each evening and make noise by cheering, clapping, or banging on pots to show support and gratitude for our Heroes working on the Frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic. abc7news.com/community-events/sf-residents-encouraged-to-get-loud-for-our-heroes-battling-the-covid-19
Exercise List of 25 Studios/Gyms Offering FREE Live Stream Classes
California Department of Motor Vehicles: DMV
DMV Field offices are now closed. All appointments have been cancelled and no appointments are currently available. DMV services remain available online and at kiosks. Real ID requirements have been extended a year. Law enforcement agencies throughout the State are relaxing enforcement on of expired: vehicle registration and driver licenses for 60 days. For more information www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv
Public Transportation is still in service. Please check with each agency for current service restrictions/changes.
SamTrans: Implements New Boarding Practices
SamTrans has begun rear-door boarding on buses with multiple doors in its fixed route service. For more information go to: www.samtrans.com/about/news/SamTrans_Rear-Boarding_Practice
SFO San Francisco International Airport: www.flysfo.com
SFO Updates www.flysfo.com/important-travel-covid-19-updates
SJC Mineta International Airport www.flysanjose.com
Oakland International Airport www.oaklandairport.com
Sonoma County Airport Charles Shultz sonomacountyairport.org
US State Dept & Embassies-Returning Home From Traveling Aboard
US State Dept has announced that ALL American’s wishing to return home from abroad, should do so immediately. For assistance getting back home Contact STEP at: step.state.gov or 888-407-4747 For up to date State Dept Travel Advisories go to: travel.state.gov/content/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4
State & Federal Income Tax Deadlines Extended until July 15, 2020
The California Franchise Tax Board has extended the due dates for the filing and payment of State income Taxes. The due date for tax payers filing an extension is now Oct 15, 2020 . For more information on State Income taxes go to: www.ftb.ca.gov
The US Treasury has extended the filing and payment date for Federal Income Tax. The news deadline is July 15, 2020. For more information go to: https://www.irs.gov
Income Tax Refunds-Federal & State
Income Tax payers who anticipate receiving an Income Tax Refund are encouraged to file their returns ASAP. Tax Refunds will continue to be processed as usual. You don’t have to leave your house to file your taxes! The IRS offers free filing online at: www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free Additional Tax Preparation
Stay Informed: Congressional Representative Updates
Sign-up to receive updates, newsletters and to participate in Telephone Town Halls.
Rep.. Anna Eshoo https://eshoo.house.gov
Rep. Jackie Speier www.speier.house.gov/home
You can sign-up for more then one! www.house.gov/find-your-representative
Census Forms - Our Community Is “Counting” On Us!
The 2020 Census has begun to arrive! It is essential for every person in Redwood City to be counted. You may have seen the commercial the Redwood City Fire Department currently running on MSNBC. Completing the 2020 Census is one of the most important things you can do to help our community provide the essential services we all depend on. For more information go to: www.census.gov
Free Access to Online News Stories & Magazine Articles
The San Mateo Daily Journal: FREE Access www.smdailyjournal.com
The Palo Alto Daily: Free Access www.paloaltoonline.com
San Jose Mercury News: Portions of site are FREE www.mercurynews.com
The New York Times is offering FREE COVID-19 news stories www.nytimes.com
Stanford Daily Stanford Daily: Portions of site FREE www.stanforddaily.com
SF Chronicle www.sfchronicle.com/Coronavirus-live-updates
COVID-19 Related Emergancy Programs & Financial Resources
What is being to help you and your family during this pandemic?
State Unemployment & Disability Benefits
State Unemployment and/or Disability benefits are roughly 67% of an employees wages. The 7 day waiting period and a few additional requirements are being waived during this pandemic. Applications are being accepted online ONLY. For more information on Unemployment and/or Disability benefits please go to: www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
Federal Stimulus Payment Calculator
Stimulus Payments will be issued via direct deposit into the bank account on file with the IRS. If you don't have an account on file, checks will be mailed to the address on your 2018/2019 Federal Tax Return. To calculate the approx. amount of your Stimulus Payment go to: www.washingtonpost.com/coronavirus-stimulus-check-calculator
San Mateo County Temporary Moratorium on Evictions
A temporary moratorium has been placed on all COVID-19 related residential evictions for the non-payment of rent, in all 20 cities and unincorporated areas, in San Mateo County. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to prohibit landlords from evicting tenants who are unable to pay rent due to the impacts of the COVID-19, through at least May 31, 2020. Tenants will have up to 180 days after the regulation’s end to pay delayed rents. The eviction moratorium is unique, in that board actions are generally restricted to unincorporated lands governed by the county. Paramount to the decision was to prevent exacerbating our homeless epidemic, and the threat to public health evictions would impose while under a statewide “Shelter at Home” order. San Francisco has passed a similar moratorium. The San Mateo City Council passed a moratorium prohibiting evictions on small businesses and nonprofit organizations. housing.smcgov.org/frequently-asked-questions?
Do you rent? Do you need Rental Assistance?
In response to the tremendous impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, rental assistance has been made available for the months of April & May by the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County. To apply for assistance call and leave a message at (650) 517-8939. The City of Redwood City is offering needs based Renters Assistance until May 31st . For more information call the Fair Oaks Community Center at 650 780-7500 www.smdailyjournal.com/news/local/redwood-city-bolsters-rental-assistance
Nation's 4 Largest BanksSuspend Mortgage Payments
Governor Newsom states Wells Fargo, US Bank, Citi and JP Morgan Chase have agreed to waive mortgage payments for 90 days, for borrowers affected by the coronavirus. Bank of America has agreed to a 30-day suspension. For more information contact your mortgage lender.
Credit Cards & Utilities-Late Fees Interest & Payment Waivers
The list of service providers who are waving late fees and suspending service interruptions, continues to grow. Banks and credit cards are also working with customers to reduce interest, suspend late fees and offering temporary alternative payment options. Customers impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to contact their service provider, bank, and/or credit card companies to inquire about available options.
Stanford-Free Meal Map
Lunches For Seniors-Redwood City Veterans Memorial Senior Center
The Veterans Memorial Senior Center is providing lunch to Seniors weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please Call (650) 780-7259 to make your reservation and/or hear the daily menu options. Curbside pick-up at:1455 Madison Ave or delivery available within Redwood City. For more Information Call (650) 780-7270
Redwood City School District: Free Brown Bag Lunch
Brown bag lunches are available weekday mornings at Ford, Garfield, and Hoover sites from 10 to12 noon for all children under 18. Meals distributed via a Drive-thru For more info go to: www.rcsdk8.net
Redwood City Education Foundation RCEF COVID-19 Family Relief Fund
Redwood City Boys & Girls Club-Providing FREE Evening Meals
The Redwood City Boy & Girls Club will serve anyone who arrives for a “pick up & go” meal. For more information go to www.bgcp.org
Assistance for Unsheltered & Unhoused Residents
To date, the City of Redwood City has delivered 20 hand-washing stations to assist residents who are homeless or living in vehicles this week. San Mateo County has moved 87 unhoused residents from the Maple Street Shelter to local hotels in order to comply with the 6 ft social distancing mandate. The Governor has allocated 150 million dollars to assist cities and counties in providing care and services to unsheltered residents. The SMC Sheriff’s Correctional Center has partnered with LifeMoves to provide Food Service for our unhoused residents. With the help of voluntary inmate workers and the food services team, 420 daily meals will be provided, 7 days a week, until a long-term solution can be implemented.
San Mateo County Strong-Covid-19 Relief Fund
SMC Strong is providing financial assistance and resources to families, individuals, small business, independent contractors and local non-profits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you need help or want to donate to help others, please call 211 or visit www.smcstrong.org . We are in this together and together, we are #SMCStrong.
“Covid Assist” Peninsula Covenant Church & VOCA Partner To Assist
Vulnerable residents unable to leave their homes to purchase essential items such as food, medicine, etc. “Covid Assist” is a partnership between VOCA and Peninsula Covenant Church. If you or someone you know could benefit from this service or would like to volunteer, please go to: www.Covidassist.org
Mission Asset Fund- Direct Grants & Zero Interest Loans-#NoOneLeftOut
The Mission Asset Fund is offering direct grants up to $500 and zero interest loans to working families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mission Asset is a local Non-Profit Organization working to worked to create a fair financial marketplace for working families, who may not have access to traditional sources of credit/loans for a variety of reasons. For more information or to make a donation, please visit missionassetfund.org or Call 888-274-4808 or Download the “MY MAF “ App on your mobile device
Mental Health Resources
San Mateo County Mental Health Services
NAMI COVID-19 Information & Resource Guide
Center for Disease Control: COVID-19-Dealing Daily Stress & Anxiety
NASP: Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19
World Health Organization: Mental Health Considerations During COVID-19
National Council For Behavioral Health-Coping With COVID-19
San Francisco Chronicle Article: Mental Health What You Should Know
Managing COVID-19 Related Anxiety
Small Business Resources
SAMCEDA: Resources For Local Small Businesses
SAMCEDA Small Business COVID-19 Impacts Survey www.surveymonkey.com/
SAMCEDA: Updated COVID-19 Business Continuity Action Plan