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$14 Million Electric Vehicle Charging Station Incentive Project Launches
Starting December 16, 2020, businesses, commercial property owners, and multifamily residences in San José can apply for significant rebates on eligible electric vehicle (EV) Level 2 and DC Fast charging equipment and installation
costs. This opportunity is available through San José Clean Energy’s (SJCE) partnership with the California Energy Commission’s California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP). Today, CALeVIP launched a new website (calevip.org/incentiveproject/peninsula-siliconvalley) to help prepare
interested participants for the application process, which opens on December 16. The new website provides specifics on eligibility requirements and eligible equipment costs, summarizes the application process, and provides a list of frequently asked questions.
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Despite the ongoing restrictions on in-person performances, it remains Stanford Live’s core mission to highlight the work of critical and talented artists from across all genres, this time in a reinvented virtual space. Artists will return to the stage at Bing Concert Hall for Stanford Live’s transformed fall season which includes a series of short films shot at the Bing. Stanford’s ensemblein-residence the St. Lawrence String Quartet will kick off the film series on Sep. 27 in a collaboration with Stanford Live, Stanford Associate Professor of Documentary Film and Video Jamie Meltzer, Stanford student editors, cinematographer Frazer Bradshaw, and renowned digital arts producer Elena Park. “We’ve assembled an incredible group of artists and filmmakers to bring the magic of the Bing stage into living rooms throughout the Bay Area,” said Chris Lorway, Executive Director of Stanford Live. “While you can never replace the experience of live performance, we hope that seeing some of your favorite artists captured in film in our venue will bring you comfort and hope as we await our
collective return to the theater.” In their first appearance together since before the pandemic, the St. Lawrence String Quartet will play—in a masked and socially distanced performance—the entirety of Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76 No. 5. The film will be more than a virtual concert, though. Through interviews with members of the quartet, behind the scenes footage, and a peek into the personal lives of the musicians, the film tells the story of how the quartet has had to adapt its creative process amid months of COVID-19 restrictions that have resulted in their longest hiatus in the quartet’s 30year history. “We’re hoping to make these challenges transparent in the video itself,” Associate Professor Jamie Meltzer said. “It won’t pretend to be a ‘perfect’ performance, but rather it will show how the quartet faces these challenges and
is able to create music that transcends the moment.” Alongside Associate Professor Jamie Meltzer, Stanford documentary film students will be involved in the film’s editing process. In addition to the short film, a performance of Debussy’s String Quartet (II. Assez vif et bien rythmé and III. Andantino, doucement expressif) was captured by the Facebook Oculus team to be shared in 180 in the coming weeks. Ticketed Events, Free Podcasts and Lectures, and More Stanford Live will also host a few ticketed events this fall, including comedian Colin Quinn in a virtual book tour stop and innovative theatermakers 600 Highwaymen. Free Stanford Live podcasts, lectures, and more will be announced later this fall. Lorway revealed these and other details about the new direction for the fall season in a webinar recorded on Sep. 3. For
the latest additions to the Stanford Live digital fall season, visit live.stanford. edu/fall2020. Access for Stanford Students and Stanford Live Members Access to the short film series and select screenings will be free for all current degree-seeking Stanford students and Stanford Live members at the $100 Patron level or above. Join as a member today to receive 12 months of exciting member benefits such as free access to exclusive digital content, preferred presale opportunities, and invitations to special events. Visit our support page to learn more about member levels and benefits. About Stanford Live Stanford Live presents a wide range of fine performances from around the world, fostering a vibrant learning community and providing distinctive experiences through the performing arts. From its home at Bing Concert Hall, Stanford Live functions simultaneously as a public square, a sanctuary and a lab, drawing from all Stanford University has to offer to connect performance to the most significant issues, ideas and discoveries of our time.
September 20, 2020
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elective office. Dates and times of meetings are set by the Salary Setting Commission. Applications and eligibility requirements are available online at www.santaclaraca.gov/ salarysettingcommission or in person at the City Clerk’s Office, 1500 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested applicants may apply by mail or in person to the City Clerk’s Office. Applications are due to the City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Interviews will be conducted virtually via
Zoom at the 7 p.m. Oct. 22, 2020 Civil Service Commission meeting. For questions about the application process, email the City Clerk’s Office at clerk@santaclaraca. gov or call 408-6152220. For questions about the commission itself, email the Human Resources Department at humanresources@ santaclaraca.gov or call 408-615-2080. About the City of Santa Clara Located at the heart of Silicon Valley about 45 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Santa Clara truly is
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$14 Million Electric Vehicle Charging Station Incentive Project Launches [Continued From Page 1] Project funding is expected to be in high demand, so applicants are encouraged to prepare ahead of time and apply quickly. This $14 million investment ($4 million from SJCE and $10 million from the California Energy Commission) will add approximately 100 new DC fast charging ports and 1,400 level 2 ports – doubling the current level of charging infrastructure in San José. SJCE is committed to installing at least 25% of the charging stations in low-income and disadvantaged communities to improve access to this infrastructure and move the needle on EV adoption. CALeVIP’s program administrator, Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), will also provide technical
assistance to multifamily residences and properties located in low-income and disadvantaged communities. “Improving access to EV infrastructure is imperative to bringing down San José’s greenhouse gas emissions – 60% of which comes from current transportation methods,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “We are committed to making cleaner air and a more livable planet for all San Joseans.” CALeVIP works to address regional needs for EV charging infrastructure throughout California, while supporting the state’s goals to improve air quality, fight climate change, and reduce petroleum use. San José’s investment is part of a regional Peninsula-Silicon Valley Incentive Project that totals $55 million in incentive funding in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
Changing the World San José residents can take advantage of extra discounts on EVs now through October 31 through Drive Electric San José (https:// sanjosecleanenergy.org/ drive-electric/). Five local dealerships – Capitol Chevy, Capitol Hyundai, Capitol Kia, Premier Nissan of San José, and Stevens Creek Kia – are offering up to $3,000 in discounts on seven EV models. Customers can stack these discounts on top of state, federal, and local EV rebates for up to $13,000 in savings. Income-qualified households can receive additional grants, affordable loans, and extra support to purchase or lease an EV, including used EVs. Those interested can learn more through free one-on-one counseling and financing workshops in partnership with Peninsula Family Service. “We are thrilled to offer these incentives to our community,” said Lori Mitchell, director of the Community Energy Department, which operates SJCE. “Making EVs more affordable and expanding the city’s charging network will help San José shift to an electric transportation system, which will lead to cleaner air and healthier communities.” Income inequality is a challenge in San José
and Silicon Valley, and many of our communities are disproportionately burdened by environmental pollution. As San José does more to ensure that low-income residents and disadvantaged communities have greater access to the benefits of our tech-centered economy, SJCE will focus on providing programs that are designed to increase equity and access to the benefits of electrification and renewable energy. Learn more about the benefits of EVs and SJCE’s EV programs at www.sanjosecleanenergy. org/ev. About the Community Energy Department San José Clean Energy is the new electricity generation service provider for residents and businesses in the City of San José, operated by the City’s Community Energy Department. Governed by the City Council, it provides over 330,000 residential and commercial electricity customers with cleaner, lower carbon power options at competitive prices, from sources like solar, wind and hydropower. For more information, please visit www. SanJoseCleanEnergy.org.
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Blissful Biking Improvements Imagine yourself blissfully biking on 10th or 11th Street in San José. You’re headed out on a daily errand or getting to work, enjoying the ride, and not feeling stressed about the cars on the road. This is all thanks to the new and improved bikeway, which separates you and fast moving car traffic. You remember how it used to be: nothing but painted stripes between you and cars. You didn’t feel very comfortable biking on 10th or 11th back then. But with the new curbs and bollards, things are much better. You could even take your kids biking here now!
Yes, it’s true, this fall the City of San José will make a few modifications to 10th and 11th Streets to improve safety for people walking or biking – all while maintaining the existing two travel lanes. The City will replace the current buffered bike lane with a physically separate frontage lane and protected intersections. The frontage lane gives people riding bikes and local drivers a calm and safe travel environment. This will create an inviting place to ride a bike, similar to a slow residential street. It will improve the quality of life of people who live on the
street by slowing speeds of cars and allowing easier access to driveways. It will also improve the experience for people walking by calming traffic and reducing the distance people must cross on these busy streets. Initially, paint and plastic posts will be used to separate bikes from fast moving motor vehicles. Then in early in 2021, they will be replaced with more permanent concrete curbs and bus stop islands. These relatively minor and low-cost changes will be made to address safety concerns the City has heard over the years. The changes are being made on 10th and 11th Streets because of their importance in getting bicyclists across major barriers such as Highway 280. The City’s new draft bike plan (see below), identifies these improvements as priorities for 10th and 11th Streets. While the City has longterm plans to convert both these streets to two-way traffic, that is a significantly
more expensive project requiring major signal modifications, which are not currently funded. Learn more about this project online at https:// www.movesanjose. org/10th-and-11th-streetsproject-summary/. New Bikeways Under Construction We’re busy this fall building several new bikeways. They will be implemented with the City’s Pavement Maintenance program to save costs. Beyond 10th and 11th streets, we want to highlight four of these projects. • First, on Naglee Avenue (The Alameda to Bascom) we’re implementing a “road diet” that reduces the number of travel lanes to improve safety and create space for bike lanes. • Second, on Fruitdale Avenue (Southwest expressway to Bascom Avenue) we’re also implementing a “road diet”, adding bike lanes, sidewalk ramps and crosswalks. • Third, on San Antonio Street (17th Street
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as well as a network of citywide low-stress bikeways (sometimes called “all-ages and abilities” bikeways). The bikeways network will consist of about 400 miles of separated bikeways on busier streets and about 100 miles of bike boulevards on calmer neighborhood streets. Separated bikeways include a physical vertical element (such as a curb or parked car) between the bikeway and car traffic. Bike boulevards
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SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AND U.S. BANK PARTNER ON SEASON-LONG COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PLAN
Long-time 49ers partner U.S. Bank enhances role in 49ers community impact initiatives to increase positive benefits for the Bay Area community The San Francisco 49ers and U.S. Bank, the long-time official banking partner of the 49ers, today announced a season-long community partnership to positively impact the Bay Area community. Throughout the season, U.S. Bank will have an integral role in several of the team’s weekly Community Tuesday events. The partnership kicks off today with the team’s first Community Tuesday event of the season with an Operation HOPE Youth Workshop. In partnership with Operation HOPE, players joined high school
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1 in 5 Have Not Completed the Census
As of this week, nearly 1 in 5 households have NOT participated in the 2020 Census. This means that 140,000 of the 701,000 households in the County of Santa Clara have not responded so far. Are you the 1 in 5 in your neighborhood? If so, please complete your 10-minute questionnaire
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Animal Services Center Wins Award
The Santa Clara County Animal Services Center just won the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2020 Silicon Valley Structures award for the category of “Public/Civic Project.”
On September 18th, they will feature 22 real estate awards in print and online, as well as a virtual event on September 16th. Located at 90 Highland Avenue in San Martin and spanning approximately 4.5 acres, the new animal center will include a 37,000 square foot one-story building, a livestock barn and
pastures, dog play yards and a community multiuse center. The Animal Services Center cares for and homes approximately 4,000 dogs, cats, horses and livestock annually and has a no-kill live release rate of 94.3%, one of the highest in California for open intake shelters. To learn more, go to https://www.sccgov.org/ sites/faf/capital-projects/ animal_shelter/pages/ home.aspx.
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Last week, the State of California moved Santa Clara County from the Purple Tier (Tier 1) to the Red Tier (Tier 2) on the State’s new COVID-19 blueprint. Counties assigned to the Red Tier are still experiencing “substantial spread” of COVID-19. The following businesses and activities are allowed to resume under the State’s framework, as well as the County’s Risk Reduction Order. Businesses and activities must be in compliance with all industry-specific mandatory directives set forth by the County and State, including having a Social Distancing Protocol on file and displayed. • Schools: K-12 schools can open after the County has been in the Red Tier for 14 days. All schools must follow mandatory guidance set by the County of Santa Clara ( and the State of California • Personal care services (hair, nail, massage, waxing, etc): allowed indoors with modifications
• Museums, zoos, aquariums: allowed indoors at 25% capacity • Gyms and fitness centers: allowed to open indoors at 10% capacity • Shopping malls: allowed to open indoors at 50% capacity (previously open at 25% capacity) Indoor dining, indoor movie theaters and indoor gatherings remain prohibited. Outdoor gatherings up to 60 people are still allowed. To maintain our hard-fought progress, I urge businesses and activities to follow the public health directives so that we can maintain our community’s progress in bringing down COVID-19 transmission. We must all continue our vigilance with social distancing protocols and mask wearing. If we don’t, the State will move us back to purple. To view the health order, go to https://www. sccgov.org/sites/covid19/ Pages/order-healthofficer-07-02-20.aspx.
September 20, 2020
Black Dems Prod California’s Elected Officials to Take Emmett Till Pledge
Tanu Henry | California Black Media The California Democratic Party African American Caucus (CDPAAC) is calling on all elected officials in California at the local, state and national levels to take a firm stand against racism. By signing the Emmett Till Anti-Racism Pledge, the CDPAAC says politicians, who are the most important decision makers in California, can demonstrate in a public and symbolic way that they denounce racism and support a society for all Californians that is fair, just and safe. “The Democratic party and the people of California must never forget about the murder of Emmett Till. It ignited the first civil rights movement. He was that generation’s George Floyd and Breonna Taylor,” said Taisha Brown, chair of the CDPAAC. Brown, who lives in San Diego and was elected last year to lead the statewide group that represents Black registered Democrats across California, said standing up against Racism in all of its forms is one of the top priorities of the caucus. “The Black Caucus continues to serve in its historic role as the conscious of the California Democratic Party,” Brown told California Black Media. “Many in this country
and around the state of California are trying to find out what they can do to contribute to this historic time in our nation’s history. The caucus wanted to assist individuals and elected officials in doing their part to fight against racism. It is a public health crisis.” In California, about 73% of all likely Black Voters are registered Democrats, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. Named for the 14-year-old African American boy who was brutally lynched in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of offending a White woman, the Emmitt Till Pledge calls on elected officials to direct their “energies to combat bigotry and hate in our great state.” “We are committed to standing up for equality, safety, and justice for ALL of the citizens of California,” the pledge continues, before asking the politicos to sign. “We pledge to take the bold and aggressive steps to combat bigotry and racism throughout our state to ensure that every individual is able to claim their ‘unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness’ as our Declaration of Independence states.” “The cruelness, barbarism, and brutality of his murder were
heartbreaking,” a statement the CDPAAC released said of Till’s murder. In 2017, Till’s accuser, Carolyn Bryant Donham, told Timothy B. Tyson, an author and Duke University professor, that she lied when she reported that Till of assaulted her 65 years ago. After a five-day trial, a jury in Sumner, Miss., acquitted Till’s killers. The CDPAAC pledge asks elected officials to make seven affirmations, which include not allowing racist conversation in their presence; protecting all people who face discrimination; contracting with Blackowned businesses and vendors for campaign and governmentrelated events; enacting policies that promote all Californians; among other positive actions. “The Black Caucus
will work with the Democratic party to email the petition to elected officials and encourage our members to request that their elected representatives at all levels sign it,” said Brown. The California Democratic Party African American Caucus (CDPAAC)’s Mission It will be the purpose of this caucus to promote and encourage full participation of all registered African--American Democrats in the Democratic State
Central Committee of The Democratic Party of California and its affairs at all levels. Further, to initiate and support the party policies and issues which reflects the interest and welfare of the African---American community and to act as the vehicle for the implementation of these policies in the African--American community and to give guidance and/or advice regarding the African---American communities concerns to the Democratic Party structure.
September 20, 2020
Through the Flames
Community Amid Fear still threaten people’s homes and businesses in Southern Oregon. I “Be prepared!”… it’s am 25-years-old, newly something we have all married, and am one of heard. We’ve watched the many people who the videos and read the suffer from anxiety and articles that give us panic attacks. When I the “tools we need to got up the morning we get through a natural had to evacuate, I was disaster”. We are told that ready for a lazy day of the more prepared we binge watching “Young are, the better equipped Sheldon” on HBO Max. we are to withstand such My husband and I had an event. What these packed a few to-go bags articles don’t tell you is of clothes and important how to prepare for the items (birth certificates, bombardment of fear and car titles, etc.) the night panic. before. That was our “be I was one of the prepared” and we thought thousands of people we were.. then we got the who had to evacuate Level 3 order to evacuate. during the Obenchain Level 3 is a “Get Out Fire event in Southern Now!” order. We packed Oregon. The Obenchain up the to-go bags, the is one of many fires that animals, and everything else we might need to care for them and ourselves and headed to a friends house away from the fires. That’s that. That’s the end.. right? Boy, was I wrong. That was just the beginning of an emotional rollercoaster I was not prepared for. The first night was alright.. but then I was “So scary packing belongings in denial of the that is most important (how do you choose?). Grabbed my 3-yearwhole situation. I old and 14-year-old and called it good. My husband stayed behind to wanted to believe protect our house but you can never it was simply prepare for the loss of material a precaution things. But you have your family.” and that I had - Stephanie Schoenberger By Amanda McElroy
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nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, worrying is what I do best. The next few days I had ups and downs going from really happy to unhealthily depressed. What made matters worse, is that I had to view myself through the eyes of my husband who was constantly asking if I was alright and if he could do anything to help me. It took me a while to actually open up to him and let him know what was going on in my mind. That made things harder on him. He knew something wasn’t right in my head, but he could do nothing. Fear. Panic. Sadness. More fear. And then guilt. As far as I knew, my house was still standing. The fire was getting close, but still wasn’t there yet. The Almeda fire south of us destroyed two towns. People living in Phoenix, OR and Talent, OR have lost their homes and business. Thousands of them. But here I was caring more about the impending doom rather than those who had to worry about where their next meal was coming from or where they are going to live. I got lost in my own head and, frankly,
it’s scary in there. I shut down. For the next few days, I frantically watched the news, googled information on the fire, and did everything I could to put my mind at ease. Something to end the fear and sheer panic. All the information I was getting was either outdated or vague. You can only get so much information from sources that don’t have any. So, I turned to the one source I thought I could rely on… community. I joined my town’s community page on Facebook and found that a few residents stayed
despite the evacuation order. There was updates and pictures by the hour. Those calling the fire department to get information posted what they heard, first hand. And finally… solace. Those still in my town posted videos of them driving through the streets, some of which by my house, and gave me a first hand look at the situation. My house was still standing. Immediately, I had a wave of relief and for the first time in days I could think clearly again. I couldn’t overcome my anxiety until I surrounded myself with those who
“Watching the glow of the approaching fire from our front porch on Tuesday night was unsettling. We didn’t sleep, constantly rising and checking on the progress through the night. After living through two major fires in San Diego in 2003 and 2007, we never considered that we would be facing a similar situation here in Oregon.” - Kim Thurman
September 20, 2020 were going through the same situation. That’s what these “be prepared” articles don’t prepare you for. They tell you to make a togo bag, grab important things like medicine and irreplaceable items, and make sure you have enough animal food to last. They don’t tell you that in these situations, it is human nature to panic. It’s easy to say you are prepared.. not as easy to actually live threw it. Even now.. back in the comfort of my home.. I am not prepared for it to happen again. We aren’t out of the woods yet and could be evacuated again should anything go wrong. I honestly believe that I will react in the same way as I did… but at least I know I have a community to help get me through it. I had a home to come back to… but some only have community left. “Packed up the trailer. Tried saving lots of sentimental belongings. We were going to be selfsufficient. Last minute leaving, the emergency
Through the Flames
“ I am the Assistant Chief for the Butte Falls Volunteer Fire Department. I had to evacuate my special needs son who has Pantothenate-Kinase Associated Neurodegeration. He was the first child in Oregon diagnosed with it. It is a terminal disorder and it was hard to leave the town I love and protect. But I had a higher calling to take care of my son. We evacuated to Prospect Motel during the South Obenchain Fire.” - Blaire Anderson
brakes locked up on the trailer and we then just had to grab what we could with no idea where to stay with 2 dogs and a cat.” - Cheryl Marrow “I stood in my living room looking around
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trying to figure out what to grab that was “important” and all I could think was everything was important… it was a sobering feeling to know that so many people lost EVERYTHING!” - Dawn Gugliotta-Strawn “I manage a foster home and was on shift when we had to evacuate. Trying to stay straight faced and calm while gathering a few things for each of the guys while the fire was getting closer to my personal home and my fiancee calling me about it was one of the most stressful times of my life.” - Seth Russell “I was terrified. Not knowing when more fires would start, not knowing where to evacuate to.
“This was my 1st fire evacuation and I was terrified. I had 4 dogs and 2 cats to kennel up and a 89 year old mother in law with Alzheimers to get to safety.” - Zane Ainsworth
What to do with 15 chickens, 2 turkeys, a dog and cat and rabbits.” - Lorri Thomas “My animals were worried and confused.
I tried to comfort them, they tried to comfort me. We are grateful we got to return home.” - Nicole Witham
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September 20, 2020
District 2 News Dear District 2 neighbors, There are big challenges to cleaning up Monterey Road. As you know, this has been a priority for both me and our District 2 residents over the past four years since I’ve taken office (visit https://www.sanjoseca. gov/your-government/ departments/city-council/ members/district-2/d2clean-streets-initiative to learn more about projects I have committed to including spearheading a a Memorandum of Understanding with Union Pacific; Downtown Streets Team; Project Hope; neighborhood clean ups; and more). It is clear that keeping trash off our streets is a mighty effort and more needs to be done. I, along with Mayor Liccardo and Councilmembers Diep and Davis, are elevating attention to blight and litter clean ups across the City with our recommendation to: triple our resources with $3 million in additional funds dedicated to expedite addressing the issue. If approved, this $3 million would boost our budget between now and the end of the year. Our proposal in our memorandum will be discussed at the San Jose Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Currently, City teams are picking up 45 tons of trash every single week.
In addition to working closely with property owners -- Union Pacific Railroad (which owns the property surrounding the railroad tracks along Monterey Road) and Caltrans (which owns the property adjacent to freeways and highways) -- we are taking responsibility on our end as City leaders and committing to: • Tripling our resources with $3 million in additional funds dedicated to addressing blight and trash along our freeways, highways, railroads, and waterways • Innovative strategies to scale our impact and achieve significant results • A consistent, concerted effort that includes the City’s Emergency Operations Center, the BeautifySJ program, the City Manager’s Office, Mayor and Council Offices, the City’s Code Enforcement Department, nonprofit organizations, local businesses, and volunteers • Wherever possible: deploying dumpsters and trash service, responding quickly to encampments and illegal dumping, hiring unemployed and homeless residents, and deterring future trespassing and other activity on Monterey Road View our press conference on Monday,
September 14, 2020 We need your help to combat this problem. How can you help keep our community safe and clean? If you see blight or homelessness in your neighborhood or around San José, report it to the appropriate agency. All reporting is tracked at each agency and forwarded to the appropriate response team for action. • Union Pacific (property around the railroad tracks): Please call 1-888-UPRRCOP (877-7267) to report hazardous materials releases, personal injuries, criminal activities, illegal dumping, or other environmental incidents. To report emergency grade crossing blockages or damage, please call 1-800-848-8715. • Caltrans (property surrounding / adjacent to freeways and highways): Fill out a Maintenance Service Request (MSR): csr.dot.ca.gov • Homeless Concerns (on City of San Jose property): homelessconcerns@ sanjoseca.gov • MySanJose App: report illegal dumping and request services on City property. 408-535-3500 sanjoseca.gov/mysanjose Download the app to your smartphone! DON’T DUMP YOUR TRASH ILLEGALLY. Schedule a FREE Large Item pick up, right in front of your home. Visit the San Jose Free Junk Pick Up website to learn more and schedule your
free appointment: sanjoseca.gov/ your-government/ environment/ recycling-garbage/ junk-pickup MONTEREY ROAD CLEAN UP PLANS For several weeks, the City of San José and Union Pacific Railroad have been planning and coordinating the cleaning of a large dump site and homeless encampments along the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and Monterey Rd. in south San José, north of Bailey Ave. Currently, Union Pacific Railroad is nearing the completion of a seven-week cleanup along its entire rail line in the city, generally going from north to south. This location will be one of final major clean-ups for this effort. The City will support and augment Union Pacific RR’s cleanup work. Date: 9/21/2020 (work will begin this week, and given the scope and scale of the effort may stretch beyond the 5-day workweek) Cleanup Partners: City of San José, Union Pacific Railroad Scope of the Cleanup • Address encampments at the site / Outreach services will work with unhoused residents to offer housing or other support services • Remove nonoperational vehicles • Secure the City of San José-owned facility that is located on property • Remove all trash, debris, and bio-waste at the site • Explore the
installation of deterrent and preventive measures near Emado Road • The City will continue to monitor the site in an effort to coordinate with partners to more proactively address dumping at the site Keeping our community safe and healthy is a priority for my District 2 Team, and the best way we can do that right now is by providing you with important resources. In this newsletter, please find valuable information and links about District 2 community updates, San José policy updates, Census 2020, and navigating COVID-19. My goal has always been to empower the community and make City Hall accessible to you -- to give you a voice in local government. I invite you to join me as I advocate for a more equitable San José and make our home a better place to live, work, and play. Let’s connect through my website (https://www. sanjoseca.gov/yourgovernment/departmentdirectory/city-council/ district-2) , Facebook (https://www.facebook. com/D2SergioJimenez/), Twitter (https://twitter. com/D2SergioJimenez) , and Nextdoor!
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September 20, 2020
COVID-19 Concerns and Confusion Over Resuming School in Italy Mario Masciullo | eTN Italy The main COVID-19 concerns getting attention in Italy are the lack of masks and a dispute regarding the detection of the temperature of students of all ages and the self-certification written in a diary by the parents as required by the health authorities. The dispute has arisen between Minister of Education Lucia Azzolina who imposed the regulation that provides for the measurement of fever at home and for safety even during the journey from home to school, and President of the Piedmont region Alberto Cirio who is challenging the regulation to measure fever upon arrival at school.
Cirio’s decision has split Italy into 2 pros and cons, a tug-of-war with Rome, but Cirio does not doubt his decision. Deniers, however, are saying “the association of the people of mothers” based on the outskirts of Turin which met in Rome are crying out “let’s set fire to the masks and save the children from the health dictatorship.” Cirio reassured his parents he understood their principles and the belief that it is wrong to delegate such a delicate task exclusively to families. Last but not least, is the question as to whether classrooms are equipped to welcome students safely. The government’s promise to equip schools
with 11 million masks a day has not yet been fulfilled despite the contract won by Mr. Elkam which ensured the production of 27 million per day. Thousands of mothers are refusing to send their children to preschools. This chaos is not reassuring to the population about the efficiency of protection services in schools. The schools of Rome without a daily stock of masks ask children to bring them from home. At the beginning of the lessons, masks are missing or not enough. The regional school office informed that “they are available, but there are delivery problems.”
The government is in a hurry to have the delivery dates of prefabricated wooden classroom modules repeated to accommodate students whose schools are still being structured. All this is followed by the decision of nurses in the RSAs to boycott them to accept the more attractive salary proposals from public hospitals, creating economic damage to the RSAs who no longer occupy their beds and the rush of families to public facilities who will not be
Airbus Foundation Delivers Humanitarian Aid to Beirut By Harry. S. Johnson
Immediately after the recent blast in Beirut, Lebanon, Airbus provided satellite imagery to analyse the damage and helped government analysts, NGOs and first responders gain visibility into the catastrophe. Now , the Airbus Foundation, together with its partners Association Les Amis Du Liban-Toulouse, Centre Hospitalier
Universitaire de Toulouse, the Municipal Council of Toulouse, the German Red Cross/Bayer AG and Aviation sans Frontières, sent a fully-loaded Airbus A350 XWB aircraft from Toulouse, France, to Beirut, Lebanon, with 90 cubic meter volume of humanitarian aid on board. The cargo, which will provide much needed relief to those affected by the Beirut explosion,
included medicine as well as visors and masks, school items, electrical products and ITequipment. The goods are destined for the Saint George Hospital University Medical Center in Beirut, the local association Arc de Ciel and the Lebanese Red
Cross. “We’ve all seen the devastation left in the wake of the explosion in Beirut and we, at Airbus, wish the people and the city of Beirut a speedy recovery,” said Julie Kitcher, Airbus EVP
able to support geriatric demand. For now, schools have to get by for themselves, buying masks with their own funds or asking parents to bring them from home. There are also those who rely on crowdfunding. However, school is in reality only starting halfway as many students who will see their classrooms are doing so only in person one day and from their own PC the next day.
Communications and Corporate Affairs. “I thank our partners and the A350 flight crew involved in this project for their logistics support and their dedication. Without their tremendous efforts, this special mission would not have been possible.” On the return journey, the A350 brought 11 Lebanese students to France to continue their studies, as part of an initiative organised by Les Amis Du Liban-Toulouse.
September 20, 2020
Hawaii Tourism in Panic After Quarantine for Visitors Extended By Juergen T. Steinmetz
Currently, visitors arriving in the Aloha State of Hawaii need to stay in their hotel rooms for 2 weeks. It means no visits to the pool, the restaurant, or the beach. This is checked by dozens of special agents by the Honolulu Police Department. Violators face a $5000.00 fine, arrest, and up to 1 year in jail. This has brought tourism to Hawaii to a stillstand. Most hotels are closed, most restaurants are doing take out only
or closed up. Waikiki appears to feel like a ghost town. After several extensions this regulation was supposed to be softened with an advance testing program the State developed and announced to be in place in August and again in September. The programs in place, the websites to facilitate this program are operational, but after a spike in COVID-19 infections Governor Ige told a panel arranged by the Honolulu Advertiser today, he will most likely extend the quarantine
requirement for everyone beyond October 1. This is a devastating blow to the travel and tourism industry, specifically to the ten thousand of hotel workers and airlines struggling to stay in business. It will most likely mean more closures, higher unemployment, and an exodus of people to escape the State for better opportunities on the US mainland. OPINION: On the other hand, Hawaii managed to stay resilient when it comes to COVID-19 and health
care. Such a decision is not an easy one but must be applauded. Following through with such strict restrictions may put the State on the winning stream in a long way. Today the State recorded 80 new
COVID-19 cases, down from the 200 or 300 range two weeks ago. Currently, there is the third week of a Stay at Home order for the County of Honolulu. This order by Mayor Kirk Caldwell is in place for another 10 days.
Governments Stick It to Hotel, Travel and Tourism Industries By Dr. Elinor Garely
The hotel, travel and tourism industries have been hammered by COVID-19. As strategic partners in the tourism paradigm, hotel executives have seen investments in this sector decline by 59 percent in the first half of 2020. McKinsey research suggests that the all industry segments will not see a recovery to preCOVID-19 levels until 2023 or later. In 2019, tourism
counted for approximately 10 percent of global GDP and was valued at almost $9 trillion. It is expected that international tourist arrivals will experience a 60-80 percent decline in 2020 and tourism spending is unlikely to return to pre-crisis levels into 2024 (mckinsey.com). Because the industry
is fragmented, rebooting tourism-related businesses and developing a sustainable model that is safe, meets touristsâ€™ expectations and is economically feasible
will require public and private sector leadership, management cooperation and coordination that is unprecedented. Crazy Quilt of New Rules Consumers and industry partners are in a quandary because of the irrational restrictions elected officials have placed on this economic
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sector. While most were willing to give the WHO (World Health Organization) and government leaders the benefit of the doubt at the beginning of the novel coronavirus, allowing them time to get themselves and policies in order..... To continue reading this article, go to https://www. eturbonews.com/583238/ governments-stick-it-tohotel-travel-and-tourismindustries/
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