City exploring hybrid meeting format for public to participate in person and via Zoom come October
Mountain View, Calif. — The City of Mountain View will continue to hold City Council meetings virtually through the end of September 2021. The City’s advisory bodies will also continue to meet virtually through September.
The City is taking this approach due to increasing public health concerns over the rise of Delta variant cases of the coronavirus in the Bay Area, as well as the time needed to make technology upgrades in Council Chambers to enable hybrid meetings. The Council is currently on recess with its next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 24.
Depending on State of California and County of Santa Clara guidelines, the City is expected to return to in-person Council meetings starting in October 2021. The City is also exploring a hybrid format for the public to be able to attend meetings in person at Council Chambers, located at 500 Castro St., or virtually via Zoom. This effort would accommodate Mountain View community members who have embraced virtual meetings and like the option of being able to participate online.
“We are putting the community first,” said Mayor Ellen Kamei. “Our return to in-person meetings is about supporting the health and safety of our residents and City staff. COVID isn’t putting the brakes on our efforts to build a community for all. Holding meetings virtually has enabled more individuals to participate in their local government in ways they hadn’t done so before because of a lack of transportation or childcare, among other constraints. We have also been providing translations in real time at the Council meetings for items of interest. Our race, equity and inclusion efforts have continued on even during this latest stage of the pandemic.”
Council meetings can also be watched online at MountainView.legistar.com, the City’s YouTube channel at YouTube/MountainViewGov, or on Mountain View City Television, Comcast cable channel 26.
Last year, the City began holding virtual meetings on March 27, 2020 due to the Stay-at-Home order issued over the COVID-19 pandemic.
For updates on the City’s phased reopening plans, visit MountainView.gov/Reopening.
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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 82,814. 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 Ames Research Center. For more information, visit MountainView.gov.