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Friday, September 11, 2020

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I hope this finds you well.

There are now less than three weeks until the 2020 Census deadline of September 30 and more than 150,000 households in Santa Clara County still have not participated. Some of the lowest local participation rates are in Downtown San Jose, the East Side, and South County.

Participating in the census is very easy. It takes less than 10 minutes for most people and it will bring our entire community benefits for the next 10 years.

For every 100 residents that participate in the census, the County will receive approximately $1 million in funding over the next decade.

If you have not yet completed the 2020 Census you can do so in English, Español, 中文(简体), and Tiếng Việt, here. You can also call 1-844-330-2020. I urge you to complete it today.

If a census worker knocks on your door, please answer it, and respond to their questions. They will not ask about your immigration status or any other questions related to the legal system.

More information about the 2020 Census and the benefits it will bring to Santa Clara County can be found here.

This is the Santa Clara County Fire Department Honor Guard marching in the 9/11 Memorial Service in New York City.

Today, we not only remember the victims and heroes of 19 years ago, but also, as fires continue to burn throughout California, how much all of our first responders do every day of every year to keep our community safe.
Free COVID-19 Appointment Testing
  • Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Parking Lot A:
    • 344 Tully Rd., San Jose
    • Tuesdays through Fridays from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Residents can make appointments (often same day) and find more testing locations throughout the County at or by calling 2-1-1. 
Santa Clara County COVID-19 Case Numbers, Hospital Capacity, and Testing Dashboards Can Be Found Here

In March as the number COVID-19 cases began exploding, much of the Bay Area’s workforce had to begin teleworking in order to help bend the curve of the pandemic. This had some immediate environmental impacts including an initial decrease in traffic of more than 60%, which in turn reduced carbon emissions by 26%. We all saw first-hand the noticeable reduction in smog and clearer skies over the spring and summer until the wildfires began in late August.
As one of the authors of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Cut the Commute pledge, I will participate in an online seminar on September 17 focused on:

What did we learn from this forced transition?
  • What are the benefits or the negative impacts for employers and employees?
  • Best practice: Pre and post-Covid.
  • What about the people who can’t work from home? Can they benefit from this societal change?
  • Can the positive environmental benefits be retained and how do we do that?
Also on the panel will be Carl Guardino, the longtime CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group who is now executive vice president of Bloom Energy, and Kate Lister, the president of Global Workplace Analytics.

You can find more information about the panel and register here.


The Santa Clara County Office of Education is seeking candidates for the County Committee on School District Organization. There are three open seats on the committee, including one in my supervisorial district, one in Supervisor Susan Ellenberg’s district, and one at-large seat that any county resident can fill.

The primary responsibilities of the County Committee are the reorganization of school districts (through territory transfers and unification) and the establishment and rearrangement of governing board trustee areas in the school districts. The County Committee is the central initiator, coordinator, facilitator, and arbitrator for these operations.  It formulates plans, responds to petitions, conducts public hearings, develops and releases information, and analyzes proposals.

More information about the committee can be found here.

Candidates cannot be an employee of a public school district or the County Office of Education. Applicants should submit a letter of intent to serve and a brief resume of background and experience which would contribute to participation in the activities of the committee. Materials should be submitted to Suzanne Carrig, MC 243, Santa Clara County Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131-2304 by 5 p.m. on October 30. For further information, contact Suzanne Carrig at (408) 453-6869.

The committee members will be selected on November 20 by a vote of designated school board members from each district in the county.

Be well,
Copyright © 2020 Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, All rights reserved.

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