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Message from the Mayor on Open Space - March 22

Post Date:03/22/2020 12:14 PM

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Over the last 24 hours, Town staff has been in touch with San Mateo and Santa Clara County officials, MRSOD officials, the Sheriff's Office, and others in discussion about the use of open space facilities during the current shelter in place crisis.

As I mentioned in my message last night on the PVForum, Santa Clara County is encouraging the use of open space facilities, which we believe is contributing to the overflow traffic in and around Windy Hill.

Later today, the Town Manager will be issuing a second Emergency Order, prohibiting parking adjacent to the entrances to Windy Hill's trails (Portola Road, Alpine Road, and Willowbrook). Our experiences (including reports from many of you) over the last two days at Windy Hill indicate that not only are some of the trails incompatible with social distancing, the use of our streets for parking and trail entry is creating unsafe conditions as well.

Town staff has, since yesterday, been preparing this order and is working to implement it through increased signage. This order will be enforced starting tomorrow, March 23, until the County Order is lifted.

Thank you to all who have been practicing social distancing and meeting both the spirit and letter of the County Order. PLEASE continue to go on walks and get your exercise, as that is so critical for our physical and mental well-being.

While you may not immediately hear back from me, my colleagues, and Town staff, be reassured that we all continue to work on our responses to this crisis, and that the safety of all residents is paramount to our work.

We realize that this order, and all of the orders coming from the Town, County, State and Federal Governments, are having dramatic impacts on all our lives. Unfortunately, we can’t avoid those impacts right now. The top priority now is to limit transmission of the disease; for the moment, that means setting clear boundaries on individual behavior.

Thank you again for your patience, your understanding, and all of the individual acts of kindness and courage you’ve displayed in caring for your families and neighbors.

Best Regards,

Jeff Aalfs, Mayor. 


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