Dear Residents of Menlo Park,
Your patience, courtesy and adherence to the shelter-in-place order are very much appreciated. We are living a new normal in navigating our day-to-day lives, where things are changing rapidly every day due to COVID-19. What has not changed, I assure you, is the City of Menlo Park’s commitment to your health and safety during this public health crisis.
There have been many additional measures considered and implemented to help protect the health and safety of all residents in Menlo Park and employees. Fortunately, our County’s Shelter in Place Order was one of the first across California, which started reducing the spread of COVID-19 and flattening the curve. Governor Newsom also acted decisively by putting a stay-at-home order in place, with limited exceptions, throughout California.
COVID-19 has reminded us of the interconnectedness of all our lives and how we depend on each other to make it through such a crisis. As a reminder, do your bit to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing and frequent hand-washing. Please continue to stay at home. Only leave for essential activities, food, medical necessities or outdoor exercise. Learn more about how to protect yourself at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention website.
Access in the time of crisis
In these times, we as public officials have to quickly analyze complex information, make quick decisions and understand that these decisions have impact on those we serve at their most vulnerable time. A vision or perspective using the lens of equity must be included in these decisions. Challenging times are particularly difficult for people who have not reaped the benefits of our fruitful county or booming economy. For them, the limited access that existed before COVID-19 still exists today, and the impact is felt even harder.
Many residents do not have options to stock up on food and supplies. Others are worried about being evicted and may not be aware of the resources available now. Many live in an area zoned for much higher density without many resources, making social distancing strategies more difficult.
The city and county have made the following resources available to address these needs:
What are my priorities as a Mayor in the coming weeks and months?
I will continue to focus on these priorities:
What is your personal responsibility?
What is your civic responsibility?
In the coming weeks, I will be sharing more health and wellness resources. I am very mindful of how sheltering in place is affecting all of us. We have come to a time where we need to rely, trust and support one another. Keep doing the things you’re doing to stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones.
In times like this, I am inspired by the human spirit and this quote from Maya Angelou: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
All the best,