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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

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I hope this finds you well.
If you are currently receiving unemployment benefits, your weekly payment FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT is about to be reduced.

Saturday, September 4th, was the last payable week for the following federal benefit programs (even if there is a balance remaining on the claim):  
  • The $300/week Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC), also known as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).
  • The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) extending unemployment benefits beyond the basic 26 weeks of regular state UI.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) supporting self-employed people and others who don't qualify for regular state UI.
  • The $100/week Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) for people who earned wages from an employer and at least $5,000 in self-employed earnings.

If you still have Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED) weeks available, you will continue receiving benefits through September 11, 2021.

If your Unemployment Insurance claim is still pending. Payments for these federal programs can be paid retroactively for any weeks you are determined eligible before September 4th.

For Santa Clara County residents still dealing with the economic effects of the pandemic, the ending of these benefit programs can put a significant strain on their household finances.

However, there are programs and resources that you can take advantage of if you are in need of assistance now that the enhanced unemployment benefits have ended. These include state and federal tax credits, food and cash aid, support for housingutilities, other resources, and the second round of Golden State Stimulus payments to qualifying California residents.

Free COVID-19 Appointment Testing
  • Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Expo Hall (Gate D):
    • 2542 Monterey Rd., San Jose
    • Wednesday, September 8, from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Thursday, September 9, and Friday, September 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
    • Click here to schedule an appointment.
Free COVID-19 Drop-In Testing
  • South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary):
    • 9300 Wren Avenue, Gilroy
    • Thursday, September 9, and Friday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church:
    • 467 N. White Rd., San Jose
    • Wednesday, September 8, through Friday, September 10, from 9 a.m. to 6 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
As the school year begins, students in our communities are facing new challenges. And many of them need support.
Join me, educators, public officials & mental health experts at @BlueShieldCA’s virtual discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m.
Reserve your spot:


Santa Clara County voters can now vote in person for the September 14 election. A total of 36 Vote Centers will be open for multiple days and are conveniently located throughout the county, operating through Election Day.
The Vote Centers offer a traditional voting method for people who prefer to vote at the polls, as well as a host of additional services for those who may need assistance voting. The Vote Centers are aligned with the Voter’s Choice Act model adopted by the County that offers voters more options on how, when, and where they cast a ballot.
All active registered voters in Santa Clara County were mailed a Vote by Mail ballot earlier this month that can be returned through the mail, at any official ballot drop-box location or at any Vote Center. Voters who cannot make it to a Vote Center but still need to obtain a new or replacement ballot can use the Remote Accessible Vote by Mail System. More information on RAVBM is available here.

Any Santa Clara County voter can go to any Vote Center in the County. The most current list of Vote Center and official drop box locations can be found at

Santa Clara County residents who missed the August 30 deadline for voter registration, can still register to vote with Conditional Voter Registration which is offered at the Registrar of Voters Office, 1555 Berger Dr., Bldg. 2 in San Jose, from August 31 through September 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and September 14 Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., or at one of the Vote Centers from September 4 to September 14. CVR requires a voter to register and vote in person on a CVR provisional ballot.

For more information, please visit, or call (408) 299-VOTE (8683), or toll-free at (866) 430-VOTE (8683).


Valley Water has resumed its virtual after school science enrichment series Wonders of Water Wednesdays (WOWW), now at a new time of 4:00 p.m.

The program allows students to explore various aspects of water science. The upcoming schedule includes segments that are appropriate for both older elementary and middle school students, as well as younger grades:

Suggested age group- 4th-6th grade

September 8 - Discover California Water

Beginning with an exploration of our State’s water supply system, students learn about Santa Clara County’s water supply as they play an interactive game that tests their knowledge of water science and California’s complex system of aqueducts, reservoirs, and water infrastructure.

September 15 - Plastic Voyages

After a brief presentation exploring the global issue of plastic waste, students will put their knowledge to the test during an interactive game. Using common items from their own homes, students will identify sources of marine debris, describe the potential effects of plastic waste on aquatic wildlife and habitat, and brainstorm specific actions we can all take to remedy the problem.

September 22 - H20 on the Go

Students take a journey through the water cycle as they explore the interaction between the natural water cycle and the human-constructed water cycle. During an interactive game, students will experience one of the many pathways that water takes as it cycles through the environment. The program ends with a discussion about the ways that humans impact water and how we can act as stewards of our environment.

Suggested age group- K-3rd grade

September 29 - How to be a Conscious Conservationist

Students learn about the drought in Santa Clara County through a fun and interactive presentation and animated video. Carla the Conscious Conservationist teaches the students lots of simple water-saving tips that they can implement at home and share with their families.

October 6 - A Creek Story

Have you ever thought about the different ways that water gets used every day? During our Creek Story activity, students will hear about a creek and see the effects that the community has on its water supply. After the activity, we will brainstorm ways to conserve water every day so that there is enough for people, plants, and animals too.

October 13 - The Little Blue Hen: A Conservation Story

The Little Blue Hen is inspired by “The Little Red Hen” story and tells the tale of the Little Blue Hen as she learns to conserve water every day. Told in the style of a storybook and with opportunities to join in, students will learn fun ways that they can help conserve water in their homes.

October 20 - The Three Little Pigs and the Bad Weather Wolf

In our version of the classic story, students follow along as the Three Little Pigs take on a new foe – The Big Bad Weather Wolf. The tale focuses on the problems that can be caused by flooding and the importance of being prepared for emergencies by making an emergency plan and packing an emergency backpack.

October 27 - Water Cycle Boogie

Students will learn how water travels around the planet as they sing the Water Cycle Boogie. As they take their journey, they will each draw a diagram that represents the different stages of the water cycle. (materials required: one sheet of paper, pencil or pen)

You can register for these free programs here.

Be well,
Copyright © 2021 Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, All rights reserved.

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