Local emergency began in March 2020 following State of California’s emergency declaration
Mountain View, Calif. — As of Tuesday, Feb. 28, the City of Mountain View’s local State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic ended. The City’s action follows the State of California’s State of Emergency ending on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
On March 12, 2020, City Manager Kimbra McCarthy – in her capacity as the Director of Emergency Services – issued a proclamation of a local emergency due to the spread of COVID-19 locally and throughout the state. The City Council then ratified the City Manager’s proclamation on March 17, 2020. That same day, the City paused all non-essential services in an effort to slow and minimize the spread of COVID-19.
However, the City continued to provide critical public services. They included maintaining streets, parks, and other infrastructure; serving the City’s fleet and facilities; providing Police and Fire emergency response; processing plans and permits; innovating ways to expand Library and Recreation services online; upgrading technology to support remote and hybrid meetings; and sustaining critical information technology, financial, human resources, and other essential administrative support.
The City also developed new programs to meet the needs of vulnerable populations, including providing over $4 million in funding toward establishing one of the largest local rent-relief programs in the Bay Area; conducting ongoing housing help center/eviction prevention clinics; implementing a utility bill relief program for residential and small business customers; providing essential services for unhoused and unstably housed individuals; opening the LifeMoves Mountain View interim housing community; operating three safe parking lots to assist unstably housed individuals; providing grants to Mountain View small businesses; and launching the Elevate MV guaranteed basic income pilot program that will assist 166 extremely low-income residents with children. The City also initiated programs to assist small businesses including the Castro StrEATs program to support downtown restaurants and businesses.
In addition, the City helped with providing public access to COVID-19 public health services located in Mountain View by supporting COVID-19 testing sites at the Mountain View Community Center and the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; supporting the County of Santa Clara’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic site at the Community Center, which provided more than 138,000 vaccinations; and operating the Mountain View Fire Department’s COVID-19 mobile vaccination program in coordination with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
More details about the City’s response to the pandemic is available at MountainView.gov/COVID.
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About the City of Mountain View
Located between the Santa Cruz Mountains and San Francisco Bay, Mountain View is a diverse community with an estimated population of 83,864. Mountain View covers just over 12 square miles, featuring over 1,000 acres of park and wildlife areas including the 750-acre wildlife and recreation area called Shoreline at Mountain View. In the heart of Silicon Valley, Mountain View is home to a vibrant downtown and headquarters to many nationally and internationally known corporations including Google, LinkedIn, Intuit and NASA’s Ames Research Center. For more information, visit MountainView.gov.