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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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I hope this finds you well.

There is momentous news for transit advocates, for Santa Clara County, and for the entire Bay Area. We finally have a start date for BART service in Silicon Valley: June 13!

The Valley Transportation Authority and BART announced that service will begin that day at both the Berryessa/North San Jose stations and Milpitas stations.

This 10-mile extension is bringing more than just transportation to our community. It is part of our transformation to get people out of their cars and keep our air as clean as it is now even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

It is so important that the BART line will run through the Eastside before eventually making its way to Downtown San Jose and Santa Clara. BART will now begin connecting the underserved communities in those neighborhoods with opportunities around the Bay.

Bringing BART to Silicon Valley has been a decades-long process. I have been working on it for my entire career. It would not have been possible without the valuable contributions of thousands of people over the last 20 plus years, especially former San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales, former Governor Gray Davis, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino.

I plan on being on that first train that leaves Berryessa for Richmond shortly before 8 a.m. on June 13 and I hope you take the opportunity this summer to ride BART from Silicon Valley when it is safe to do so.
 
Free COVID-19 Testing Countywide
 
There are now more than 40 sites in Santa Clara County where you can get tested for COVID-19 for free.

The testing is easy, safe, and available seven days a week. You can find the most convenient testing site by going here. Information is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Tagalog. Information is also available in all of those languages by calling 2-1-1.

The County is also providing testing at mobile “pop-up” sites. This is walk-up testing, available without an appointment. Neither insurance nor a doctor’s note are required. Due to expected hot weather, water will also be available at pop-up sites this week:

Wednesday, May 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Rengstorff Park Pool Area, 201 S Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View

Friday, May 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
La Placita Tropicana Shopping Center parking lot, 1630 Story Rd, San Jose

The County recommends that workers with regular interaction with the public get tested once a month. This includes those working in grocery stores, food delivery, retail, as well as first responders and many other types of workers.

These workers should get tested even if they have no symptoms. Testing can identify the infection before a person feels unwell or before they spread it to another person with potentially deadly consequences.
 
The Tech Exchange is hosting a social distancing friendly donation day for gently used laptops and tablets on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at Evergreen Valley High School, 3300 Quimby Road in San Jose.

They will refurbish your laptop or tablet and get it into the hands of a needy student. Getting technology into the hands of these students is especially critical now because classrooms remain closed and many in our community do not have access to a way to take a virtual class or otherwise learn remotely.

More information about the donation day can be found here. Thanks to San Jose City Councilwoman Sylvia Arenas for helping organize this.
Children ages 18 and under who live in Santa Clara County and are either qualified for CalWORKS or CalFresh benefits (such as free or reduced price meals), a current or former foster youth, on probation, or have special needs, can go to summer camp for free this year.

Camp may be a little different because of COVID-19. I understand the reluctance many of you may have in sending your kids to camp. The Public Health Department has issued specific guidance on how summer programs can operate safely, including limiting the number of children per group and following the County’s health protocols.

There are still numerous allowed activities that kids can sign-up for including karate, music lessons, art classes, fitness after-school activities, and horseback riding lessons.

You can get more information about all of the camps and activities available and apply for them here.
 
Be well,
 
Cindy
Santa Clara County COVID-19 Case Numbers, Hospital Capacity, and Testing Dashboards Can Be Found Here
Copyright © 2020 Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, All rights reserved.


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