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Volume 3 • Issue 7

Momentum and Bay Area Community Health at our 2001 The Alameda facility By: Alexandra Shwarzstein, CFRE

Clients Lining up for their Vaccines

This has been a challenging year for Bay Area residents, and the stresses presented by the pandemic have resulted in more community members seeking help for behavioral health issues. People with substance abuse and mental health

issues have also had to endure social isolation, uncertain employment, and changes to their regular routine which usually provide the stability necessary for personal wellbeing. The task of meeting the needs of such a

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vulnerable population has been met by agencies like Momentum for Health, whose mission is to provide behavioral health services to the community. Despite the 115,000 COVID cases in Santa Clara County, Momentum

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has worked hard to continue to provide essential behavioral health services, offering both inpatient and outpatient care, virtually when necessary and in person whenever possible. Since last March, more people are using Momentum’s services than ever before. The number of people dialing into the county’s call center has reached new heights. At the same time, safety has been an absolute priority and a challenge, as it has been for most of us during the pandemic. Fortunately, the community stepped in to help, donating masks and PPE in the early days and continuing to show support through vital donations necessary for acquiring equipment to safeguard the health of staff and clients. Momentum recognizes these contributions and

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was proud to award Dr. Sara Cody, the Health Officer and Director of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, the Shining Stars Award of Excellence last October for her leadership in guiding our region through the pandemic.. Momentum for Health’s commitment to their mission was reflected in honors from the National Association of Mental Illness – Santa Clara County chapter. David Mineta, President and CEO, received the NAMI-Santa Clara 2020 Community Award for his service before and during this crisis. One of the beneficiaries of Momentum’s services is Alan, who came to them in 2015 after going in and out of different treatment programs for drug addiction. He began using substances when he was fifteen and first displayed symptoms of mental illness when he was twenty. [Continued on Page 06]


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SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 7, 2021) U.S. Navy Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Joel Lazo, from San Jose, Calif., signals the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (TAO 200) while receiving supplies aboard the Ticonderogaclass guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) during a replenishment-atsea April 7, 2021. Bunker Hill, part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. As the U.S. Navy’s largest forwarddeployed fleet, 7th Fleet routinely operates and interacts with 35 maritime nations while

conducting missions to preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandie Nuzzi) With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue

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Public Health County of Santa Clara Health System Releases Thousands of Additional Vaccine Appointments at Multiple Sites New Appointments Are Added Daily; Anyone Age 16 and Older Who Lives or Works in Santa Clara County is Eligible Santa Clara County, CA – County of Santa Clara Officials announced today that the County Health System will be releasing thousands of additional vaccine appointments across multiple sites, including for the upcoming week and weekend. All individuals age 16 and older who live or work in Santa Clara County are

eligible and encouraged to sign up for a vaccination appointment at sccfreevax.org. New appointments are added on a daily based on available supply, and the County Health System is now scheduling first dose appointments up to one week in advance. Appointments released today include 10,000 appointments

for next weekend. The County Health System has multiple locations conveniently located throughout Santa Clara County. The County will continue extensive outreach efforts to ensure that communities most impacted by COVID-19 have ready access to vaccine appointments and information. Outreach includes door-to-door efforts to register families in hard hit neighborhoods for vaccine appointments, and on-site vaccinations for homeless community members and homebound individuals. The County and its partners are also working to

increase evening and weekend availability for appointments and dropin clinics to ensure ready access for the entire community. “We encourage everyone who is eligible to sign up for an appointment now,” said Dr. Jennifer Tong, Associate Chief Medical Officer for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. “This includes our community members who have already had COVID-19 and have recovered. The vaccines are our most critical and effective tools to protect you and your loved ones, especially with variants of the virus circulating in

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We Care. We Fight. We Move. About Moving Day Moving Day is an inspiring and empowering annual fundraising walk event that unites people around the country living with Parkinson’s disease (PD), their care partners and loved ones to help beat PD. Moving Day is more than just a walk. It’s a celebration of movement – proven to help manage Parkinson’s symptoms. Leading up to the event, participants and teams fundraise to help the Parkinson’s Foundation provide everything people with

our community.” More than 57 percent of people age 16 and older living in Santa Clara County have received a first dose and more than 31 percent have been completely vaccinated. For the latest information about vaccines and to schedule an appointment, visit the County’s vaccine website at sccfreevax.org. ###

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Make Lunches Count

Caliber Kicks Off 10Th Annual Restoring You Food Drive Caliber’s Food Drive Takes on Even More Importance with a Rise in Food Insecurity in Children Across America

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LEWISVILLE, TEXAS – Caliber, which encompasses a portfolio of automotive services brands including Caliber Collision, America’s largest collision repair brand, Caliber Auto Care and Caliber Auto Glass will host its 10th annual Restoring You Food Drive beginning April 12. The seven-week program, which is part of Caliber’s Restoring You platform, supports childhood hunger relief, specifically children who rely on subsidized meals during the school year and lose that reliable meal source during the summer. Caliber is partnering with more than 80 local food banks across the nation,

living out its purpose of Restoring the Rhythm of Your Life® and furthering its commitment to improve the lives of the communities it serves. According to Feeding America, households with children have a substantially higher rate of food insecurity than any other group in the United States. Data further suggests this crisis has been exacerbated in the past year as food insecurity for families has more than tripled since the onset of the pandemic in the U.S. As a result, nearly 13 million kids in America – almost one in six – may not know where they will get their next meal. “The need is staggering

and heartbreaking. So many families across the country continue to struggle to put food on the table. These are not just statistics – they are real people, real families – and it reinforces why

we started the Restoring You Food Drive 10 years ago. Kids should not have to worry about where their next meal will come from – period,” said Mark Sanders, CEO and President of Caliber.

“For the past nine years Caliber’s teammates, customers and partners have championed this cause, donating more than 23 million meals to local food banks across the country. This year, the need is greater than ever and we’re encouraging everyone to get involved.” Caliber is adding extra support by matching all monetary donations at a rate of 25% during the food drive. Anyone can make a monetary donation or contribute non-perishable food at all Caliber locations across 35 states from April 12 May 28. As always, 100% of the donations go to local food banks and just one dollar will provide six meals to children in need. Donations can also be made online or during service checkout in Caliber centers. [Continued on Page 07]


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Momentum and Bay Area Community Health at our 2001 The Alameda facility [Continued from Page 01] “I did not acknowledge that they were symptoms of mental illness. I really just thought that people were against me and that they were trying to make me think that I had an illness and I had an enormous persecution complex. It wasn’t until ten or eleven years after those symptoms manifested that I acknowledged that I had a problem,” he said in a

video testimonial for the opening of Momentum’s new Mountain View facility in January 2021. He had exhausted his other treatment options and needed help. The staff at Momentum provided him with case management, medication, and therapy. He gained a new outlook on life for the first time. “Do [I] want to spend the rest of [my] life in and

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out of institutions or [I] you want to work this recovery and work this program and try earnestly to get better?” He credits the services he received at Momentum for his continued recovery. “Working with the people who are there to help you – that’s essential to getting better. I think it was working with the case managers and the groups and not being isolated that helped.” Alan remains Robert Nelson, showing our PPE Donations hopeful for the future. “I’m just going to do what today) to reach teens and the pandemic. The need I set out to do. I’m going young adults who are at for in-person services to do something good for home, experiencing the in a safe environment myself: help myself.” negative effects of the is fundamental to As more clients of pandemic, and provide behavioral health and all types comethrough them with a platform why Momentum has its doors, Momentum to express themselves worked so hard to keep continues to increase and share their stories. its facilities open as an its programming. To Be Momentum also added essential service to the Honest, the organization’s a COVID-19 telehealth community. youth mental health program to accommodate The primary goal of awareness program, the growing demand for the past year, beyond launched a podcast services in the wake of regular services, was to (www.tobehonest. keep clients and staff safe and healthy, and Momentum is excited to report that over 400 clients were vaccinated in early April, and 300 more will do so by the end of the month. They are also offering free virtual counseling to uninsured and underinsured people who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, including healthcare professionals. Call now to see if you qualify at 408-757-8449. Momentum is here for the community as we all work together to regain a sense of normalcy in the months to come.


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Caliber Kicks Off 10Th Annual Restoring You Food Drive Caliber’s Food Drive Takes on Even More Importance with a Rise in Food Insecurity in Children Across America [Continued from Page 04]

All donations made to the Restoring You Food Drive, as a part of the Caliber Foundation, are tax-deductible. To learn more visit Caliber’s Restoring You Food Drive webpage. #### About Caliber Founded in 1997, the Caliber portfolio of brands has grown to 1,250+ centers nationwide and features a full range of complementary automotive services, including Caliber Collision, the nation’s largest auto collision repair provider across 35

states; Caliber Auto Care (for mechanical repair and quick oil change services); and Caliber Auto Glass (for repair and replacement). With the purpose of Restoring the Rhythm of Your Life®, Caliber’s more than 20,000 teammates are committed to getting customers back on the road safely—and back to the rhythm of their lives —every day. Dedicated to providing an outstanding customer experience, Caliber continues to rank among the highest customer satisfaction scores in the industry. Learn more about Caliber at calibercollision.com.

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Lung Association Report finds Californians’ Health at Risk Due to Air Pollution and Climate Change Impacts

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – This year’s “State of the Air” report from the American Lung Association finds that despite decades of progress, California continues to face some of the most significant challenges in the United States for the most harmful and widespread types of air pollution: particle pollution and ozone. The health of Californians – nearly all of whom live in a county with a failing grade in this year’s report – is more urgent and more daunting due to climate change impacts including extreme heat and wildfires that continue to undermine progress. Seven of the nation’s ten most ozone-polluted cities in the United States are in California, including the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area which ranks as the most polluted city again in “State of the Air” 2021. For particle pollution, six California cities appear among the ten most polluted by short-term spikes in

particle pollution and for unhealthy annual particle pollution levels. Bakersfield ranks as the most polluted American city for unhealthy annual levels of particle pollution in “State of the Air” 2021.    “California’s leading clean air policies have driven significant improvements, but more must be done to ensure that all communities experience the benefits of healthy air,” said Will Barrett, director of clean air advocacy for the American Lung Association in California. “California must seize current opportunities through the state budget, legislative and agency actions to invest in healthier travel and zeroemission transportation options and infrastructure that leave no community behind.” Eight California cities appear on all three lists of most polluted cities in the United States for unhealthy ozone days, unhealthy spikes in particle pollution, and for annual particle pollution levels: Bakersfield, El

Centro, Fresno-MaderaHanford, Los Angeles; Sacramento; ReddingRed Bluff, San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland; and Visalia.  Only Salinas, California earned the distinction of making any of the cleanest cities lists in “State of the Air” 2021, appearing on the cleanest cities list for having zero unhealthy ozone days, and tied for the 22nd cleanest city in terms of annual levels of particle pollution in this year’s report.   Ozone Pollution in California Despite progress over the history of the report, ten California cities remain on the list of the 25 mostozone polluted cities in the United States. The “State of the Air” 2021 showed many cities with fewer unhealthy ozone days compared with last year’s report, including the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area which continues to rank as the most ozonepolluted city in the United States. Bakersfield, Fresno and Visalia round

out the top four most ozone-polluted cities in the nation, all of which improved to their fewest number of ozone days since the first “State of the Air” report in 2000. In the “State of the Air” 2021, 31 California counties earned an “F” grade - one more than in last year’s report. Particle Pollution in California “State of the Air” 2021 found that yearround particle pollution levels across California were mostly improved compared with last year’s report, though several counties still saw increases. Despite improvements, eleven of the 17 American counties that fail to meet the annual particle pollution standard are in California. The report also tracked short-term spikes in particle pollution, which can be extremely dangerous and even lethal. The report found that many California communities had fewer days when short-term particle pollution reached unhealthy levels, but

the ongoing impacts of major wildfires continue to degrade the air in California, where no county earns an “A,” and 39 counties have a failing grade for unhealthy particle pollution days. The year’s report found that nationwide, more than 4 in 10 people (135 million) lived with polluted air, placing their health and lives at risk. In California, ozone and particle pollution placed the health of over 38 million residents at risk, including those who are more vulnerable to the effects of air pollution, such as older adults, children and people with lung disease. Across the United States, the report also shows that people of color were 61% more likely to live in a county with unhealthy air than white people, and three times more likely to live in a county that failed all three air quality grades. The report also finds that climate change made air quality worse and harder to clean up. [Continued on Page 18]


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COVID-19 Vaccines: What Do You Need to Know? By: Dr. Jacob Asher, Chief Medical Officer with UnitedHealthcare of Northern California

As more individuals across the U.S. become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, there is still widespread confusion about how to secure and prepare for an appointment. With eligibility requirements and sign-up processes differing by state and county, it can be difficult to keep track of current information. Below are answers to common questions related to COVID-19 vaccines and access, as well as tips and tools for ensuring a smooth vaccination process. What proactive steps can individuals take to access vaccines? COVID-19 vaccine availability changes quickly. If you’re eligible to get the vaccine, you’re encouraged to take early steps to secure an appointment or get your name on a local vaccination list.

Here are a few ways to stay on top of the latest news and vaccine availability: • Stay informed on the latest vaccine information from the CDC • Visit state or local health department websites to see when it’s your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine and find information on vaccination providers • Sign up for e-alerts from your state to get regular updates • Keep up with their local news for information on where vaccines may be available in their area • Ask your doctor or local pharmacy about vaccine availability Be mindful of scams and remember that you should not pay to be put on a vaccination list Once eligible, how can individuals go about finding available vaccine appointments?

UnitedHealthcare has developed an online COVID-19 vaccine resource locator tool, available in English and Spanish for free to the general public. This tool aggregates available public information directly from state and country public health websites, and from the retail pharmacies currently distributing COVID-19 vaccines. • The site includes all states and territories through a zip-code level search and is updated twice daily. • It aggregates local and state health department links, as well as external links to retail pharmacies with local scheduling capabilities. Future content will likely include health systems and federally qualified health centers. What do you need to bring to your vaccine appointment? • You should be prepared to show your photo ID, such as a driver’s license, to show proof of age. You might also need proof of residency. Your health department website or vaccination provider may also

have a list of required documents. • Medicare plan members: • You will need your red, white and blue Medicare card because Medicare is paying for the member’s vaccine in 2021. If you don’t have your Medicare card, you can find it by logging into your Social Security account. More information on your Medicare card can be found on the CMS site. • If you receive the vaccine at a regular provider visit, you will also need your health insurance member ID card. • For people with nonMedicare health plans, you will need to show your health insurance member ID card. Remember to wear your face mask and physically distance at your appointment. Additional information on preparing for a vaccination appointment can be found on the CDC website. When should you plan on getting a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine? People will need to

get both doses within 3-4 weeks to get the protection indicated by the manufacturer. You should make sure both of the doses received are from the same manufacturer and that the second dose is as close to the recommended timing as possible. Follow the vaccination instructions from the manufacturer: • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine: Requires 2 doses, given 3 weeks apart. • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: Requires 2 doses, given 1 month apart. • Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine: Requires no second dose. The easiest course of action is to schedule both doses at the same time to meet these time frames and get protection from COVID-19. The vaccination provider should assist you with scheduling the second dose when you receive your first dose. You can also sign up for free text messaging through the CDC’s VaxText to a get a reminder about your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.


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State Halts Vaccine CDPH Official Statement On Johnson & Johnson Vaccine SACRAMENTO – Today the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a statement from Dr. Erica Pan, state epidemiologist, regarding the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. “Today, the CDC and FDA have recommended a temporary pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine out of an abundance of caution. Of over 6.8 million doses administered nationally, there have been six reported cases of a rare

and severe type of blood clot with symptoms occurring 6 to 13 days after vaccination. “California is following the FDA and CDC’s recommendation and has directed health care providers to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until we receive further direction from health and safety experts. Additionally, the state will convene the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup to review the information provided by the federal government on this

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Airfield Recycles Packaging Former NFL Oakland Raiders running back and Oakland native Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch was a guest budtender at San Jose’s Airfield Supply Co. April 20. This was to promote the dispensary’s 420 Plastic Waste

Recycling Program. Marshawn and his crew came to have fun with the Fans and customers. He personally asked to come to Airfield because of the dispensary’s positive energy. His new cannabis project is Dodi Blunts.

San Jose’s Airfield Supply Co. Drives Change This 420 Holiday By Encouraging Customers To Bring In Plastic Packaging Waste To Recycle. They Are Halfway To Their Goal In Time For The Big Weekend Drive. California’s largest single-site dispensary dedicates its 420 efforts to amassing 250 pounds of plastic waste that will be converted to 60+ gallons of diesel fuel. Plastic is a particular problem with cannabis, which requires special packaging to be tamperevident and childresistant. The stats are staggering:

• 6.3 BILLION TONS of plastic has been made in the last 60 years • ONLY 9 PERCENT of it has been recycled • 300 MILLION TONS of plastic waste is made worldwide each year • 2 MILLION single-use plastic ‘doob tubes’ are discarded by California consumers annually THAT’S 89,500 TONS • 250 POUNDS of plastic waste reduces a

delivery truck’s carbon footprint by 20% • 1 TON of plastic waste can produce 200 gallons of diesel fuel An estimated 12,000 CANNABIS CUSTOMERS will enter San Jose’s Airfield Supply Co. — California’s largest single-site dispensary — from April 13-20. If one in every three customers contributes to the campaign, up to 250 pounds of trash could be kept from the waste stream and be used to produce 50 gallons of diesel fuel instead. Working with Sonoma County’s large-scale cannabis manufacturer CannaCraft and recycling innovator Resynergi,

Airfield is the first cannabis retail outlet in the nation to join an ambitious pilot effort to convert plastic cannabis waste plastic packaging into diesel fuel. For this year’s 420 cannabis holiday, Airfield asks customers to bring in as much cannabis waste as possible to recycle and receive a coupon that they can redeem for a special gift for just 10¢ in return. Airfield has established a plastic waste recycling receptacle in its retail showroom for customers to use in disposing of their packaging

and created special bags to aid in returning waste to the dispensary. “Child-resistant and tamper-evident packaging is mandatory in California but often that means brands use extra plastic to achieve compliance, and that contributes a massive volume of single-use plastic, including some 2 million single-joint tubes to the state’s waste stream and landfills each year. Our intent is to entice customers during the week of 420 to bring in cannabis waste by offering a coupon for those who do to get a $.10 special item. We want to see what we can achieve when we motivate our base to participate, raise more general awareness for recycling efforts and try to drive more adoption of recycling practices. Our goal is always to use our voice to drive positive change, for the environment and the community. Every piece of plastic recycled is a step in that right direction.” — Airfield Supply Co. CMO Chris Lane


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Presentation High School Reopens To In-Person Learning, Meets Diverse Student Needs With New Zoom Neat Board Cutting-Edge Technology When Presentation Additional Zoom Neat High School reopens Board features include: for in-class learning on - A camera that projects Monday, March 15, 2021, all students’ faces (and students will have the the teacher’s face) option to come to campus onto one large 4K for in-person instruction screen with stunning twice a week or continue brightness so all in with remote learning at attendance can interact home. To bridge both while looking at the student communities screen, see facial and ensure a seamless expressions, etc. transition, Presentation - Five microphones that will be the one of the make conversations first Bay Area schools to more natural and utilize Neat Board, a new eliminate garbled cutting-edge technology “overtalk” issues specifically designed for - An option for teachers Zoom. to group students into This new technology breakout rooms where will enhance student they communicate experience and allow together and with the teachers to teach in a teacher. hyflex/hybrid model, TheNEW ability to stream CHECK OUT CAROL'S LISTING supporting students lessons from a  www.tourfactory.com/2854089 both in and out of the computer or iPad  352 Penn Way Los Gatos, Ca 95032 classroom. Students will making the material be able to engage with their teachers from anywhere as if they were sitting in the physical classroom. What’s more, the technology is designed so teachers can circulate, use the white board and make annotations so students will feel as if they are almost collaborating in the same room.

visible to students watching in-person or remotely. Remote learning, lockdowns, and pandemic uncertainty have increased anxiety and depression among teenagers. The Presentation administration wanted to reopen as soon as it was safe to provide a sense of normalcy for students. They also wanted to support those with learning differences for whom distance learning has proven especially challenging. At the same time, the administration wanted to accommodate families who felt more comfortable continuing with remote learning. “We understand that if a student, or

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family member, has a health condition that increases the risk of COVID, remote learning reduces the possibility of COVID-19 exposure,” said Holly Elkins, President of Presentation High School. “This pandemic has forced so much change on our students and for some, another change at this point in the year simply didn’t make sense.”’ “We couldn’t be more excited to reopen and welcome our students back,” said Katherine Georgiev, Principal. “Creating the best possible student experience is one of my top priorities. The

Neat Boards will help improve collaboration today and benefit Pres beyond the pandemic to bring guest speakers, alumnae and more into the classroom.” Presentation High school senior Catherine Sager experienced the Neat Board at the senior back-to-school orientation this past week. “What’s great with the Neat Board is that all students will see the same thing - whether in person or remote. It’s also more interactive so that will change everything about how conversations happen in the classroom,” she said.

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Post-Pandemic, Pets Still Hold the Key to Personal Wellness COVID-19 has caused so much stress and pain, yet everywhere you look, more people are out walking their dogs; more photos of furry family members grace our social media streams. The message is clear: Pets help us get through hard times. As we begin to see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, let’s remember how pets can help us on the other side, too: • They keep us moving — great for heart health!

• They lower stress levels. • They provide unconditional love and companionship when we can’t be with our human loved ones. (Read “Mutual Rescue” by Carol Novello for examples of all these!) The pandemic doesn’t have a clear expiration date, but fortunately our pets’ love doesn’t either. We’ll make it through, together.

-Dr. Cristie Kamiya is Chief of Shelter Medicine at Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV.org).

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Statement on Resolution Condemning Acts of Racism Against Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community

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The City of Santa Clara stands in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in condemning anti-Asian sentiment and any acts of racism throughout the region and the nation. The City of Santa Clara does not tolerate hate crimes or any form of discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders or any other groups in our community. Diversity, equity and inclusiveness, and respect are core values of the City, which remains committed to the fair treatment of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, culture, ethnicity and socioeconomic class. Our diversity is our strength! About the Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion On September 29, 2020, the City of Santa

Clara City Council unanimously approved the creation of a community-based Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Task Force). Task Force will work with an advisory board made up of community partners to engage the local community in an open dialogue that will help the City take actions to achieve racial equity. The Task Force is charged with identifying key issues facing the City involving historically disenfranchised communities and making recommendations to policies that help the City achieve racial equity. Visit SantaClaraCA. gov/EquityTaskForce for more information on the City’s Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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Qatar Airways introduces new UV cabin disinfection technology on board By: Harry Johnson Qatar Airways becomes the first global carrier to operate Honeywell’s Ultraviolet (UV) Cabin System version 2.0, further advancing its hygiene measures on board. The latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System that is owned and operated by Qatar Aviation Services (QAS), has been introduced to add flexibility, improve reliability, mobility and ease of use compared to its predecessor, with extended UV wings that treat both narrow and wide areas on board, reducing the overall disinfection time. This version also includes a hand wand that disinfects areas like the cockpit and other smaller spaces and is non-motorized leading to less battery consumption. In clinical tests, UV light has been shown to be capable of inactivating various viruses and bacteria when properly applied. After receiving 17 units of the latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System V2, the devices have all undergone comprehensive testing on board Qatar Airways’ aircraft. The airline aims to operate them on board all aircraft turnarounds at Hamad International Airport (HIA). Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His

Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “As the first global airline to operate the latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System V2 on board our aircraft, it is significantly more user friendly and technologically advanced. QAS has continued to maintain our impeccable service during the outbreak of COVID-19, specifically supporting with repatriation flights and increased cargo workloads. “As the first global airline in the world to achieve the prestigious Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating, the first airline in the Middle East to begin trials of the innovative new IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ mobile app, and most recently, the first airline in the world to operate a flight with fully vaccinated crew and passengers – it is in our core to continuously be at the forefront of innovation, and to keep implementing the latest safety and hygiene measures on board and on the ground.” QAS continues to uphold its world-class handling standards and long standing relationships with all airlines, and together with HIA ensures a safe and seamless journey for all passengers. Qatar Airways’ aircraft will continue to be regularly

Qatar Airways: Passengers can expect the highest levels of safety and hygiene throughout their journey

disinfected using cleaning products recommended by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System V2 will be utilized as an additional step after manual disinfection, to ensure the very highest standards of cleanliness. The airline’s on-board linen and blankets will continue to be washed, dried and pressed at microbial lethal temperatures, while its headsets are rigorously sanitised after each flight. These items are then sealed into individual packaging by staff wearing hygienic disposable gloves. Qatar Airways’ aircraft also feature the most advanced air filtration systems, equipped with industrialsize HEPA filters that remove 99.97% of viral and bacterial contaminants from recirculated air, providing the most effective protection against infection. On board, all Qatar Airways passengers

are provided with a complimentary protective kit. Inside a ziplock pouch, a single-use face mask, large disposable powder-free gloves and an alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel are offered. Business Class customers also receive an additional 75ml sanitizer gel tube. In addition, for aircraft equipped with Qsuite, Qatar Airways’ awardwinning business seat, Business Class customers are offered even greater privacy with sliding partitions and fully closing doors, and an option to display a ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ indicator if they wish to limit their interactions with cabin crew. HIA, the airline’s

hub in Doha, has also introduced UV-C disinfectant robots which are fully autonomous mobile devices emitting concentrated UV-C light, and are deployed in high passenger flow areas to reduce the spread of pathogens. In addition, HIA has implemented stringent cleaning procedures and applied social distancing measures throughout its terminals. All passenger touchpoints are sanitized every 10-15 minutes and every boarding gate and bus gate counter is cleaned after each flight. Hand sanitizers are provided at immigration and security screening points.

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