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Jun 14

As California reopens, vaccinations remain key to ending the pandemic

Posted to Menlo Park COVID-19 Updates by Clay Curtin

As California lifts most COVID-19 restrictions Tuesday, June 15, the all eligible individuals are encouraged to take advantage of free vaccination clinics.

As of 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, June 15, 2021, California moves “Beyond the Blueprint,” which ends the color-coded reopening tier systems and lifts most restrictions on businesses. The County of San Mateo fully aligns with all state COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and has no plans to impose separate guidance. 

As of June 15, 2021, there are no longer capacity or distancing requirements for most businesses or public settings.

Fully vaccinated people can stop wearing face coverings outdoors and indoors – with the following exceptions:
  • On public transit (buses, ride-shares, taxis, airplanes, trains, ferries)
  • Indoors in K-12 schools, child care and other youth settings
  • Health care settings and long-term care facilities
  • Correctional facilities and detention centers
  • Homeless shelters, emergency shelters, cooling centers
Businesses, public agencies and other organizations may still require face coverings, for both employees and members of the public. Most public agency employees are currently required to wear facial coverings in alignment with Cal-OSHA’s workplace safety requirements. Cal-OSHA is expected to provide an update to guidance later this week.

Vaccination availability
Anyone age 12 and older can be vaccinated free in San Mateo County. Vaccines are widely available at health care providers as well as certain pharmacies and other locations.

San Mateo County Health operates or supports numerous clinics with a focus on areas with low vaccination rates. To find a vaccine site near you, view the county’s vaccine clinic calendar

The county is also collaborating with local groups to bring targeted vaccine pop up events to groups of 25 or more. You can request an event at least two weeks in advance.
 
The state’s MyTurn website provides a list of vaccine clinics and appointments are now optional. Visit MyTurn.ca.gov for more information.  

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 be tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19. Unvaccinated persons should be tested if they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 or have concerns about being infected or exposed.

View the county’s testing website for more information about locations and schedules. In addition to these sites, testing is also available from health care providers and other community organizations.

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Jul 19

$1,250 for Solar + Backup battery rebate for San Mateo county residents

Posted to Menlo Park Sustainability News by Clay Curtin

Peninsula Clean Energy is offering a payment of $1,250 to residents of San Mateo County who install solar panels with battery backup power. The Power On Peninsula program helps residents maintain power during grid outages while moving the county toward 100 percent renewable energy. Participants will also benefit from solar power and have the opportunity to sell any excess generation back to the grid. 

Peninsula Clean Energy is working with Sunrun, a leading provider of residential solar and backup battery systems. Sunrun will design, install and maintain the solar electric system and backup batteries. The panels charge the batteries by day, and they provide backup power in case of a grid shutdown. 

Benefits:

  • Helps maintain power during grid outages
  • Advances clean power over fossil fuel, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Creates local electricity production capacity
  • Provides a community electric storage network that increases resiliency, helps stabilize prices, and enables us to move to 100 percent renewable energy

Peninsula Clean Energy provides clean electricity generation to 97 percent of the residents in San Mateo County at lower rates than PG&E, while investing in the community.

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Jun 21

SamTrans, shuttle and parking changes in Belle Haven

Posted to Menlo Park Transportation News by Clay Curtin

The construction of the Menlo Park Community Campus project that will incorporate the current Onetta Harris Community Center, Menlo Park Senior Center, Belle Haven Youth Center, Belle Haven Pool and branch library is now underway. Construction is expected to last two years until mid-2023. However, construction will require minor detours for SamTrans route 281 and the City of Menlo Park Crosstown Shuttle, along with some impacts to nearby on-street parking.

New construction site fencing is going up and will affect parking and bus services. Starting Monday, June 28, 2021, SamTrans route 281 will no longer turn into the Onetta Harris Community Center parking lot to loop around to its terminal. The last stop for route 281 will be at Market Place and Del Norte Avenue (in front of 205 Market Place). For the westbound return trips to the Stanford Shopping Center, route 281 will use Del Norte Avenue and Pierce Road to loop back to Newbridge Street, resulting in the temporary suspension of the westbound stops at Market Place and Del Norte Avenue by Karl E. Clark Park. For passengers normally using these stops, please board at the Market Place and Del Norte Avenue 281 terminal for trips toward Stanford Shopping Center. More information is available on SamTrans Route 281 webpage

Also starting Monday, June 28, 2021, the City of Menlo Park Crosstown Shuttle will no longer enter the Onetta Harris Community Center parking lot. The last stop/terminal for the Crosstown Shuttle will now be located on Terminal Avenue, near the corner of Del Norte Avenue, just in front of 150 Terminal Ave. There are no schedule changes for the shuttle, just a change for the shuttle’s final stop. Passengers may also use the free Crosstown Shuttle to get to the Menlo Park Senior Center’s temporary location at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, which is located a short walk from the shuttle’s Menlo Park Library stop. For more information, maps and schedules, please visit the Crosstown Shuttle webpage.

In order to facilitate the new layover locations for Route 281 and Crosstown Shuttle buses, temporary red curb and “No Parking” will be added. The temporary red curb installation should last two years during project’s construction and be removed once construction is completed and the buses return to their original terminals. For Market Place and Del Norte Avenue, 70 feet of red curb will be installed at the current SamTrans stop from the intersection to the first driveway. At Terminal Avenue and Del Norte Avenue, 40 feet of new red curb will be added from the existing 20 feet of red curb to the first driveway. The approval of this temporary red curb and “No Parking” restrictions will be considered at the July 14, 2021, Complete Streets Commission meeting

For more information on the Menlo Park shuttles, please visit the Menlo Park Shuttle website or call 650-330-6770. For more information on SamTrans, please visit the SamTrans website or call 800-660-4287.

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