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Message from the Mayor - March 26 Open businesses, market & library

Post Date:03/27/2020 8:44 AM

Dear Friends and Neighbors,


1.     I’ll start off today by reminding you that our local businesses, particularly our restaurants, are doing their best to remain open and available to us. Please support them with a takeout order. Parkside Grill, Alpine Inn, Alpine Hills, and the Portola Café and Deli are all preparing takeout orders and observing physical distancing when you’re ready for a break from cooking.

a.     Alpine Inn:, scroll down for takeout

b.     Parkside Grille:, call for takeout

c.      Portola Valley Deli:, call for takeout

d.     For members: Alpine Hills Tennis and Swim Club:

e.     Roberts is also open, with modified hours and procedures:


2.     Today will be our first day of the SAFE Farmers market. Like our local restaurants, we’re trying to support our farmer’s market vendors who can’t provide their usual amazing fare. Thank you to everyone who ordered food, and a big thank you for all the donations you have made. Again, its humbling to be part of such a great community.


3.     If you’re following the news, you can see that the epidemic continues, and that we will likely be sheltering in place for longer than the current April 7 end date.  Our Public Schools have already announced that they will be out of session until at least May 1st. The Town, working with the State and County, will re-evaluate local conditions. If shelter-in-place continues, we will need to make provisions for some activities to resume or continue on a safe, carefully managed basis. Again, thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this brave new world. 


4.     Last night the Town Council held its second virtual meeting, and its first with live comments from the public. The meeting went very well, and I thank everyone who ‘joined” us. If you listened to the meeting on AM 1680, please let us know (we’d like to get a sense of its use for this purpose) by emailing


5.     Libraries 

a.     The San Mateo County Library system, of which the Portola Library is a member, announced today that all libraries will remain closed through May 1; this aligns with the recent announcement from the school districts that they will remain closed to on-site learning for the same length of time. 

b.     The Library has a new “text your question” system available to anyone who has library-related inquiry. Details are available here.


I’ll just say again that our local professionals—our Town Staff, our Sheriff’s Deputies and Officers, our Fire District, our Schools, our Libraries, our Stores and our Restaurants—are doing amazing work, often on their own time and at their own expense, to keep us safe and healthy. Please keep doing your part by staying at home, and if you have a kind word to offer to them, it’s always highly appreciated. Stay home and stay safe.


Best regards,

Jeff Aalfs, Mayor

Town of Portola Valley


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