Oct 18

Deadline extended: Apply to serve on the Independent Redistricting Commission

Posted on October 18, 2021 at 8:44 pm by Clay Curtin

The City of Menlo Park seeks residents to apply for the Independent Redistricting Commission. This is the body that sets the electoral boundaries for City Council districts following the 2020 census. The commission will be comprised of seven members and two alternates. Alternates may not vote, but will participate fully in meetings and must meet all of the same qualifications and standards as other commissioners. 

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and meet other eligibility requirements. Attachment A of the application outlines the qualifications and Pages 2 and 3 of the application ask questions that will help verify your eligibility.

Applications are due on or before October 29, 2021, and can be sent to City Clerk Judi Herren via email or by mail. Please note that mailed applications must have an October 29, 2021, postmark or earlier and that all applications may be subject to disclosure as a public record.


Oct 18

Bay Area health officers set criteria for lifting indoor masking rules

Posted on October 18, 2021 at 8:36 pm by Clay Curtin

The indoor mask mandate remains a key tool in controlling the spread of COVID-19. The County of San Mateo, along with eight other Bay Area local governments, has agreed to lift indoor masking requirements when all of the following are achieved:

The rate of COVID-19 transmission reaches the “moderate” or yellow tier and remains there for at least three weeks;

The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 is low and stable in the judgement of local health officials;

The percent of the total population that is fully vaccinated – two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson – reaches 80% or eight weeks have passed since a COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for emergency use by federal and state authorities for 5- to 11-year-olds. 

After the order is lifted, businesses, nonprofits, churches and others with public indoor spaces can continue to impose their own requirements. The County is currently in the orange tier in the Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 tracker.

Vaccine boosters

Pfizer boosters are available at local pharmacies and private health care facilities as well as all County-0perated community vaccination clinics. Drive-thru mass vaccination events are scheduled at the San Mateo County Event Center (1346 Saratoga Drive in San Mateo) through October 23 for those 18 years and older at least six months after their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Appointments are encouraged through MyTurn, but are not required. 

Visit San Mateo County COVID-19 webpage for more information.


Oct 18

Apply for emergency rental assistance

Posted on October 18, 2021 at 8:26 pm by Clay Curtin

San Mateo County, along with the State of California, still offers emergency rental assistance to San Mateo County residents who have experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and have been unable to pay their rent and/or utilities. The program is for both eligible tenants and landlords, and proof of citizenship is not required. Eligible tenants and landlords may apply for assistance with utilities in addition to rent. Qualifying renters and landlords are eligible for 100% of rent and utilities owed.

Renters and landlords impacted by COVID-19 who need help with rent should apply immediately, before funding runs out. To check eligibility requirements, apply or find a Local Partner Network organization who can assist you further, visit HousingIsKey.com or call 833-430-2122, toll free. Learn more about the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program.