Editorial: Locals rising to the challenge

The coronavirus pandemic has some of us thinking, “This just can’t be happening.” But it is.

Still, optimism abounds. Los Altos residents are finding reasons to smile and stay grounded. They’re channeling anxiety into action and looking to help those less fortunate.

Following are some observations from the events of the past week:

Thumbs-up: To all of our residents playing by the rules. To our youth heeding the signs to stay off playground equipment, thank you. To those avoiding unnecessary trips and practicing social distancing, thank you. You’re staying safe while ensuring the safety of others.

Thumbs-up: To the leaders of our business support organizations, among others, who are helping small businesses in the wake of the lockdown. Community members and leaders at the Los Altos and Mountain View Chambers of Commerce and the Los Altos Village Association have stepped up (as has the Town Crier) to provide accessible online lists of businesses remaining open and restaurants offering takeout and curbside deliveries.

Thumbs-up: To acts of kindness being committed all over the city. From high school seniors delivering bags of groceries to homebound seniors to outreach efforts helping hospitals and doctors with medical equipment, thank you for making a difference. We also extend a thank-you to Dr. Kevin Sawyer and Terri Sawyer, who created chalk drawings with uplifting messages on the sidewalks in front of businesses at Rancho Shopping Center. For some residents and merchants, it made their day.

Thumbs-up: To our local and regional governments for acting quickly and decisively in response to the crisis. Santa Clara County was ahead of the state in issuing a shelter-in-place directive. The county Board of Supervisors last week issued a temporary ban on residential and commercial evictions as people face the prospect of not being able to afford to pay rent. The city of Los Altos has taken additional actions to ensure our safety. It’s this team effort of everyone rising to the challenge that is reassuring – and needed – in our ongoing global war against the coronavirus.

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