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Message from the Mayor June 1

Post Date:06/01/2020 5:43 PM

Dear Friends and Neighbors,


Today, the newly updated County Health Order has taken effect. You can review the order and the FAQs here. I’m sure we would all like to be moving forward more quickly, but as our County Health Officer, Dr. Scott Morrow, pointed out last week, the virus is still out there, and aggressive re-opening could trigger new outbreaks. Please get out if you feel safe to do so, and please frequent the businesses that are opening again, but also respect the rules and your fellow citizens: wear a mask, maintain six-foot separation with others, and continue to minimize contact with those outside of your household. If we can all follow the rules, we can (cautiously) re-open businesses, revive our economy, save jobs, and maintain a slower viral transmission, building toward herd immunity while protecting our vulnerable citizens, and preventing the kind of runaway outbreak that could overwhelm our health care system. 


There are a few changes around town this week to be aware of.


PV library curbside services

Starting Saturday, June 6th, the library will begin offering no-contact curbside services. They will continue this service during the shelter in place each week, on Tuesdays from 3pm-7pm, Thursdays from 10am-2pm, and Saturdays from 10am-2pm. Details on how to use this service will be posted soon at


Thursday, 6/4: Virtual Coffee with SMC Supervisor Horsley

I will be hosting a Virtual Coffee on Thursday with our San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, the Portola Valley School District, and the Sheriff’s office. Hear from Supervisor Horsley and his local colleagues on COVID-19 and other issues important to you. We will be taking questions after a short presentation. The meeting will be on Thursday, June 4th, at 10am on Zoom. Get the meeting login here.


PV Cares

We have an outstanding group of residents who are helping vulnerable households during the pandemic. They have been invaluable to those who need someone to run errands, grocery shop, help with minor tech support, and more.  These volunteers have been checking on community members and providing support to those living alone and isolated. If you have neighbors that could use a little extra assistance, let them know help is available. You can help them fill out this form If you need extra help, especially this week while the Farmers Market is on hiatus, please reach out to our volunteers.  They will also be available next week to help with people who cannot go to the farmers market in person. Click here you would like to volunteer for PV cares


Like you, I am watching the protests unfold nationally with a mix of anger, sadness and worry. I really value the community we have here in Portola Valley, and I hope communities across the country can find justice and peace from this unrest. Take care of yourselves, your families and your neighbors, and be well.


Best Regards,


Jeff Aalfs, Mayor

Town of Portola Valley

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