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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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I hope this finds you well.

Today was a momentous day for transit advocates, for Santa Clara County and for the entire Bay Area because 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.
COVID-19 Assistance for Undocumented Immigrants
Undocumented immigrants living in Santa Clara County can receive up to $500 of direct cash assistance with a household maximum of $1,000 under the state’s new Disaster Recovery Assistance to Immigrants program.

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County has been chosen by the state Department of Social Services to administer the program locally. They, along with sister chapters in San Francisco and the East Bay, will distribute $15 million in relief funds to approximately 35,000 undocumented immigrants throughout the Bay Area between now and June 30.

Undocumented immigrants needing assistance should call the hotline at 866-490-3899 to apply. Applications can be made in both English and Spanish and the line is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

In order to qualify, adults must be ineligible for other forms of federal unemployment or pandemic related assistance, such as the CARES act or unemployment benefits. They must also have a photo ID and a Santa Clara County address.

More information about the program can be found here.
Sadly, because of the shelter-in-place order there are far fewer eyes and ears available to help ensure Santa Clara County children remain safe from abuse. That is why the Child Abuse Prevention Council has prepared a series of videos about how we can all work together to report suspected child abuse. The videos are available in: The Council, along with the County, FIRST 5, and the Santa Clara County Office of Education have prepared a handout outlining potential signs of abuse and neglect and instructions about reporting suspected abuse. You can read it here.

If you have concerns for a child's safety or well-being, please make a report by contacting the 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-833-SCC-KIDS. If you witness an emergency, call 911.

It is up to all of us to keep the youngest members of our community safe.
Be well,
Santa Clara County COVID-19 Case Numbers, Hospital Capacity, and Testing Dashboards Can Be Found Here
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