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Message from the Mayor 3/23 - Open Space, Farmers Market & Staying connected

Post Date:03/23/2020 12:47 PM

Dear friends and neighbors,

This weekend, we had some beautiful weather, and many of us (my family included) took advantage of it to get some time outdoors. I’m glad that we had good weather, and we’re lucky to have so many great trails and parks to enjoy, but please pay attention to physical distancing, for yourselves and the people you encounter. The numbers for infections, both locally and globally, show that now is the time for every last measure to slow the spread of COVID-19.

To that end, we have restricted parking on town right of ways near Windy Hill, where our colleagues with the Sheriff’s Office and Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District reported a number of safety issues over the weekend. Our public works crews were out this morning, before light, placing signage. Thank you to them for their work.

This week will be our first SAFE Farmer’s Market. The SAFE market will provide goods and produce from our Thursday market vendors during the shelter-in-place order. You can choose one of 3 farmers market bags to pick up in a drive through market on Thursday.  Place your order by Wednesday night, pay for it online, and then you just drive through to pick up your bag. If you live in the Sequoias, there will be a special drop off for people who order a bag. 

Many of our local restaurants are still open for pick-up and delivery--please support them! They are the places we all gather to socialize when the Shelter in Place is lifted.  Let’s help them in this time of need . Go to their websites for more information on how to order. 

We are seeing a lot of great ideas on the forum on how to find fun activities online.  Please continue to share these and keep engaged with neighbors who may need extra support.  If you are not yet on the PV forum you can send an email to to request to be added. Next Door is also a great resource to stay connected.

Again, thank you to everyone who has done their part, large or small, for the greater good. Staff is working hard to keep up with all the new and unexpected demands, but we are all available to help you find help if you need it. Take care of yourselves and your neighbors and be well.

Best Regards,
Jeff Aalfs, Mayor
Town of Portola Valley

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