Mountain View funds another $1.1 million in rent relief

Mountain View City Council members April 14 approved an additional $1.134 million for the city’s COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, supplementing the $1.3 million relief package already passed in March earmarked to help local small businesses, seniors, the homeless and unstably housed, and provide services for residents in need due to COVID-19-related hardships. 

Mountain View ramps up efforts to help its homeless amid virus outbreak

Mountain View leaders are stepping up in a big way to help the city’s homeless.

Local police, the faith community and others are ramping up efforts to provide basic needs as an increasing number of residents find themselves out of work in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and tanking economy. Mountain View officials counted more than 400 homeless or unstably housed residents, most of them vehicle dwellers, even before the pandemic began. 

Los Altos Hills adapts as virus disrupts some services, spurs others

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Town of Los Altos Hills employees Roberto Martinez, with weed wacker, and Oswaldo Arellano, on mower, widen a path off Purissima Road Friday morning so those who use it can stay 6 feet away from strangers. “I’ve been with the town of Los Altos Hills for 12 years. I’ve never seen that many people use the pathways before,” said Jacob Asfour, the men’s boss.

Nearly a month after Santa Clara County imposed a shelter-in-place order to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Los Altos Hills leaders and residents are still adapting to what provisions of that order – and its subsequent amendments – mean for their town. 

#TogetherMV: Residents show solidarity, leaders organize emergency relief efforts

Courtesy of the City of Mountain View

The city of Mountain View recently launched The Briefing – an online newsletter designed to help residents feel connected during the state’s shelter-in-place order. The newsletter begins by highlighting several acts of kindness.

Los Altos residents learn about realities of behavior during town hall

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Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Signs at Oak Avenue Elementary School accompany caution tape to warn all of playground closures across the Los Altos School District properties.

While Los Altos residents are generally doing a good job of complying with the shelter-in-place order, the Los Altos Police Department is receiving calls daily reporting those who aren’t abiding by it, Chief Andy Galea said during the city’s first virtual town hall Tuesday (April 7).

Hills council takes temperature of housing targets

Los Altos Hills City Council meeting
Courtesy of Zoom
Los Altos Hills City Council and staff members sign off at the end of their April 1 meeting.

Last week’s special Los Altos Hills City Council meeting commenced with salutes to a mini American flag Mayor Michelle Wu erected in an empty Clorox wipes container.

After the Pledge of Allegiance, council members April 1 launched into their first fully teleconferenced meeting, each person broadcasting via Zoom from the safety of home to mitigate the potential spread of the coronavirus. 

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