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Weekly Update: January 20, 2022
Posted on 01/20/2022

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City of San Ramon News & Information Update

Friday, January 20, 2022

San Ramon Redistricting Process 2022: Public Input Invited
Public Hearing #2: Tuesday, January 25 at 7 p.m.
Identify a Community of Interest or Submit a Draft Map by February 3

Redistricting Video

The City of San Ramon is in the process of re-drawing the district lines for future City Council elections, based on new data from the 2020 Census.

Public input is key to the redistricting process. Watch this short video for an introduction to the redistricting process, and how you can participate.

Residents are invited to share their thoughts through one or more of the following:

1. Draw a draft map with one or more new district boundaries

Download a PDF to print or email

Download an Excel spreadsheet to fill in and email

2. Identify one or more Communities of Interest

Download a PDF to print or email

Download a PDF with instructions for creating a Google Map

Click here to view Mapping Tools and Resources

3. Participate in upcoming public hearings:

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Public Hearing 2: Consideration of Public Input and Preliminary Discussion

Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Public Hearing 3: Consideration of Draft Maps and Direction on Refinement

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Public Hearing 4: Consideration of Final Maps

4. Email your thoughts to [email protected]

To learn more about the redistricting process, view more details on public hearings, access mapping tools and supporting data, and more, visit

No-Cost COVID-19 Home Test Kits Now Available for Every Household

To ensure that all Americans have access to timely COVID-19 testing, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Postal Service have launched, a new site for requesting free home test kits by mail.

Every address in the United States is now eligible to receive four free tests by signing up at the site, which is also a helpful resource for finding nearby COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics, and information about insurance reimbursement for purchasing home test kits.

Home test kits, also known as rapid antigen tests, are available over the counter at pharmacies. While the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests provided at community clinics are the most accurate for detecting COVID-19, antigen tests are the best choice for finding out quickly if someone is contagious right now.

Antigen tests produce a result in about 15 minutes, rather than the days it can take for a laboratory result from a PCR test. They are useful for determining whether a COVID-19 quarantine or isolation period can be shortened, and before visiting to help protect people at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) encourages every household to request test kits from, and any other available source, so they are available in the medicine cabinet when needed.

Antigen tests have been in short supply this winter because of high demand related to the national surge in new COVID-19 cases, as have appointments for testing at community clinics – about twice as many people are getting tested every day in Contra Costa than at any other time during the pandemic.

Learn more about how to get home test kits, or make a testing appointment in Contra Costa, on the Get Tested page.

> Order No-Cost Home COVID-19 Test Kits

> View CCHS Information on COVID-19 Tests

New California Recycling Law to Reduce Organics in Landfills

SB 1383

On January 1, 2022, a new food waste law went into effect. SB 1383 is California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy. This aims to reduce the generation of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas that results from the decomposition of organics disposed at the landfill.

The State of California is mandating these reductions to address climate change impacts. 

This effort is essentially to ensure all organics are composted (aerobically; with oxygen) instead of landfilled (anaerobically; without oxygen), and that surplus edible food is rescued to feed hungry people instead of going to waste.

Residents and businesses can learn more about the details of what is required, and when, by downloading this brochure.

The California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery, also known as CalRecycle, has developed many resources regarding all aspects of SB 1383, which can be found on the CalRecycle website.

Questions about compliance? Please contact Solid Waste & Recycling 

> More Information

Free Online Bike Class: Navigating Traffic
Tuesday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Free Online Bike Class

Learn more about navigating traffic on a bicycle in a FREE online class Tuesday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m.

The one-hour class is taught by a certified League of American Bicyclists instructor and covers communicating with drivers; proper lane positioning; and understanding bike boxes, green merge lines, and other roadway markings. Learn how to merge with vehicle traffic, how and when to take the lane, and common errors to avoid when riding in traffic.

One participant will win a $20 Amazon gift card at the end of the class. Must be present to win!

> Register

Crab Feed to Benefit Boone House Restoration
Friday, January 28 at 6 p.m.
Dougherty Station Community Center

Crab Feed 2022

The San Ramon Historic Foundation is hosting a Crab Feed on Friday, January 28, at the Dougherty Station Community Center (17011 Bollinger Canyon Road). All proceeds will benefit the Boone House Restoration.

A no-host social hour begins at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. The meal includes fresh-cracked crab, pasta, French bread, salad, coffee and tea. Plus, take part in a silent auction or live cake auction!

Adults - $65
Ages 6 to 10 - $35
Ages 5 and under - FREE 

For more information and tickets, visit the link below.

> More Info & Tickets

San Ramon Performing Arts Survey
Respond by January 31

San Ramon Performing Arts brings live performances to San Ramon each year. We would appreciate your feedback on what artists, acts, and performances you would like to see in the future at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center. The short survey will take about 4 minutes to complete. 

> Respond to the Survey

The current San Ramon Performing Arts season had Jake Shimabukuro perform at a sold-out show in November. Two more shows are coming up with The Purple Xperience in February and The Underwater Bubble Show in March. More information and tickets are available at

Volunteer Docent Opportunity: Forest Home Farms
Informational Day Thursday, February 3

FHF Docents

Are you looking for something new to do in 2022? Join a diverse group of fun and interesting people who share a passion for educating people about, and preserving the history of the San Ramon Valley. Forest Home Farms is recruiting new docents for our Spring Education Tours. Register for the February 3 information day at the link below.

> Register for the February 3 Information Day

Friday Foreign Film Series Tickets on Sale
Up First: Pain & Glory shows Friday, February 11 at 7 p.m.

Friday Foreign Film Series

The Friday Foreign Film's January 21 showing of The Guilty has been rescheduled to March 4. The first film in the series is Pain & Glory on FridayFebruary 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets for this show and the series are available at

Friday Foreign Film Series presented by the San Ramon Arts Foundation. Experience unique settings, interesting thought-provoking plots, and cultures from around the world in each of the award-willing films. Each evening, a moderator provides a brief introduction to the film and then leads a discussion afterward. Movies are subtitled in English. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets include light refreshments. Advance tickets purchase suggested. Tickets are $10 per show or $45 for the series (5 shows).

> More Information & Tickets

511 Contra Costa's Winter Walk Challenge Is Back

Winter Walk Challenge 2022

Start the new year on the right foot by joining 511 Contra Costa's second annual Winter Walk Challenge. Starting January 18, you'll receive a new walking challenge each Monday. Complete the weekly challenges to earn entries in Monday drawings for $35 Amazon gift cards. Plus, your name will be entered in the iPad Grand Prize Drawing just by signing up, so register today!

> Sign Up

California’s Eviction Protections Changed October 1: Renters and Landlords Impacted by COVID-19 Should Still Apply for Rent Relief

COVID Rent Relief

The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program covers 100% of unpaid rent and utilities for eligible renters and their landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19. The program will continue accepting applications until all funds are exhausted.

As of October 1, 2021, eligible renters who receive an eviction notice have 15 business days to apply for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program and notify their landlord that they have applied (or intend to). Applying for assistance may reduce their risk of eviction.

As of October 1, 2021, landlords seeking an eviction based on non-payment of COVID-related debt or of rental debt incurred between October 1, 2021 and March 30, 2022, must prove that that they have applied to the COVID-19 Rent Relief program, and that the application has been denied or the renter has failed to complete their section, before a legal eviction can take place. Eligible renters who are at risk of eviction are urged to apply, even if their landlord has not applied.

Interested landlords and renters can check eligibility and apply at or by calling 833-430-2122For assistance in another language, or to verify eligibility, get help with an application or upload paperwork, applicants are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a local organization by calling 833-687-0967.

Assistance from the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program does NOT count as earned income for renters and will NOT affect eligibility for any other California state benefit assistance programs, such as CalFresh and CalWORKS. Applying to the program will not impact your residency status or your path to citizenship.

If you need further assistance, please dial 2-1-1 or text “HOPE” to 20121.

Learn More and Apply for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program

Call City Hall at (925) 973-2500 or email [email protected]