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Monday, May 18, 2020

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I hope this finds you well.

Today, our health officer, Dr. Sara Cody, announced a new update of our shelter-in-place order that allows non-essential retail businesses in Santa Clara County to open for curbside pickup beginning on Friday. Also, the supply chain for those businesses, companies that manufacture the products they sell, will be allowed to reopen provided they comply with social distancing guidelines.

The updated order also permits car parades to take place, and outdoor museums, historical sites, and publicly accessible gardens can reopen.

You can read the updated order here.

We are able to relax the shelter-in-place order now because of the work we have all done over the past eight weeks by staying home, staying safe, and covering our faces and keeping social distance when we do go out for essential activities.

Now, as we move into a new stage in the fight against this pandemic, we have to continue to do all of these so that more and more of our community can continue to open up in a deliberate and thoughtful way.
High School Graduation Speeches on Social Media
While traditional high school graduations have been cancelled this year because of COVID-19, I want to make sure that the students who were chosen to speak at their ceremonies still have an opportunity to be heard.

If you are a valedictorian or a salutatorian in Santa Clara County who was scheduled to speak at your graduation, please email me a video of your remarks and I will post it on all of my social media channels.

The videos should be a maximum of three minutes long. Send them, along with a notice from your school that you were valedictorian, salutatorian, or other scheduled graduation speaker, to

I will be posting the speeches on social media throughout the rest of May and the month of June until every student’s speech has been shared.

On May 12, I was honored to have Alex Garcia, a graduating senior from Downtown College Prep Alum Rock, give the invocation at the beginning of the Board of Supervisors meeting. You can view it here beginning at the 11:20 mark.

Alex gave an amazing speech. I know he is going on to a great future first at UC Berkeley and then in life.
Congratulations to him and to every member of the Class of 2020!

Speaking of graduation speeches, if you did not have a chance to see former President Barack Obama’s funny and moving speech to the Class of 2020 over the weekend you can see it here.
Silicon Valley Clean Energy is providing electric bill credits to both residents and small business who have been impacted by the pandemic.

Residents who are part of the CARE and FERA programs will receive an automatic $100 credit on an upcoming bill. The CARE program is a monthly electricity discount of 20% or more. FERA is a monthly electricity discount of 18% for homes of three or more people.

Eligibility for both programs has been expanded because of the pandemic. If you are not already enrolled in either program, you can see if you qualify and apply here.

Silicon Valley Clean Energy is also providing a $250 bill credit for qualifying small businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19. Qualifying businesses will receive notification in the mail.

More information about these credits, and about other programs in response to COVID-19, can be found here.
Be well,
Santa Clara County COVID-19 Case Numbers, Hospital Capacity, and Testing Dashboards Can Be Found Here
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