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Weekly Update: November 18, 2021
Posted on 11/18/2021

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City of San Ramon News & Information Update

Thursday, November 18, 2021


Contra Costa County Health Officials Encourage COVID-19 Booster Shots for Adults and Vaccines for Kids Ages 5-11 as Holidays Approach

With the holidays and winter approaching, county health officials are urging everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccine or a booster shot to ensure safe celebrations.

Following guidance from the state health officer, Contra Costa County has announced that it will provide boosters to anyone ages 18+ who feels they are at increased risk from COVID-19 and wants one. According to Contra Costa Health Services, there is increasing evidence that the effectiveness of the vaccines wane over time and boosters provide additional protection.

For those who originally received Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, at least six months must have passed since their last dose. Those who got a Johnson & Johnson vaccine must wait two months to get a booster. 

People may choose any of the three available COVID-19 vaccines for their booster dose when they are eligible, regardless of the vaccine used when they were first vaccinated.

Health officials also strongly urge those who yet to be vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. Kids ages 5-11 recently became eligible for a pediatric version of the COVID-19 vaccine and parents can get their children immunized through their regular healthcare provider, pharmacies, County clinics and, in some cases, at local schools.

Appointments through Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) are recommended, and can be made online or by phone at 1-833-829-2626. People without appointments are accepted at county-run sites as time and vaccine supply allows.


CCHS Guidance for Safer Holiday Celebrations

CCHS Thanksgiving Recommendations   CCHS Domestic Travel

This holiday season, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) encourages everyone to celebrate safely and protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19. According to CCHS, getting vaccinated is the best way to lower the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19, especially during holiday gatherings. Visit coronavirus.cchealth.org/get-vaccinated for locations, appointments and more information.

CCHS also recommends the following key actions to lower your risk:

Get Vaccinated

  • All the vaccines are safe, effective and free for anyone who is 5 or older. 
  • Get your first dose by November 19 to be fully protected for Christmas, Kwanzaa and end-of-year gatherings.
  • You can protect those too young to be vaccinated by making sure those around them are vaccinated

Wear a Mask

  • Wear a well-fitted mask over your nose and mouth if you’re in public indoor spaces.
  • A mask is required in most indoor public spaces in Contra Costa County, regardless of vaccination status.

Get Tested

  • Attending a gathering or event increases your chance of being exposed to COVID-19.
  • Testing is a healthy choice for people who attend gatherings – whether or not they develop symptoms.
  • Three to seven days after a gathering is the best time to test.
  • If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or develop symptoms, learn when to quarantine and isolate

Take Precautions if You Travel

  • If possible, delay travel if you are not vaccinated or feeling sick.
  • Masks are required on public transportation, such as planes and buses.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Get tested before and after your trip.

Safer Celebrations

  • Gathering virtually or in-person only with people you live with is the safest choice. If you do gather with others:
  • Smaller gatherings are safer than larger ones.
  • Outdoors is safer than indoors.
  • Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces.
  • If you gather indoors, open windows and doors to bring in fresh air, or put a fan in an open window.
  • If you feel sick, stay home and don’t host any gatherings.

How can I protect my unvaccinated family members?

  • Get vaccinated yourself.
  • Be sure everyone in your family who is 5 or older is fully vaccinated.
  • Wear a mask. You might choose to have everyone at your gathering wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.

> More Information


San Ramon Redistricting Process 2022: Public Input Invited

San Ramon Redistricting Process

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

On November 9, 2021, the City Council held the first Public Hearing on the redistricting process. Demographer Michael Wagaman presented an overview of the redistricting process, including the timeline, an explanation of redistricting, opportunities for public input, and more.

Click here to watch the presentation from the first Public Hearing

Public input is key to the redistricting process. Now through February 3, 2022, 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 sanramon.ca.gov/redistrict_2022


San Ramon Winter Recreation Registration Now Open to All

Winter Rec Guide 2021

Registration for Winter recreation programs is now open to all.

Click here to Register Online

Register In Person:

San Ramon Community Center (12501 Alcosta Blvd)
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Alcosta Senior & Community Center (9300 Alcosta Blvd)
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Questions?
Call (925) 973-3200 or email [email protected].


Bah Humbug! 5k Run, Walk & Kids' Dash: Sat, Dec 4 at the San Ramon Community Center
Sign up by Nov 23 to Save on Registration Fees

Bah Humbug 2021

Bah Humbug! 5k Run/Walk - begins at 9 a.m.

Start the holiday season off with a healthy, chip-timed fun run or walk through San Ramon. All participants will receive a holiday long-sleeved t-shirt and the famous Bah Humbug! Ornament. This event is great for families and children!

Kids’ Dash - begins at 8:20 a.m.

The kids’ dash is for children ages 4-9 years old. The 1K course will run through portions of Central Park and conclude at the main finish line in front of the San Ramon Community Center. Along the route, we will have designated volunteers located throughout the course keeping participants safe and cheering them on. Children will be grouped by ages 4-6 and  7-9 years old.  All participants will receive a holiday long-sleeved t-shirt and the famous Bah Humbug! Ornament.

Start & Finish: Both races begin and end at the San Ramon Community Center (12501 Alcosta Blvd).

Sign up by November 23 to save on registration fees!

5K Adult (Ages 19 & Over)
$40 through November 23
$50 November 24 through December 3
$55 on race day

5K Youth (Ages 18 & Under)
$30 through November 23
$40 November 24 through December 3rd
$45 on race day

Kid’s Dash (Ages 4-9)
$15 through November 23
$20 November 24 through December 3rd
$25 on Race Day  

> More Information & Registration


Volunteer Opportunities: Bah Humbug Fitness Race & Holiday on the Farm

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for opportunities to volunteer this holiday season?

The Bah Humbug! 5K Fitness Race takes place on Saturday, December 4 from 7-10:45 a.m. at the San Ramon Community Center (12501 Alcosta Blvd), and is a great opportunity for teams, clubs, families, or individuals to volunteer at a community event. Volunteer opportunities include cheer squad, registration assistance, and course monitoring. Minimum age is 14.

Volunteers are also needed at the Holiday on the Farm event at Forest Home Farms (19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd) on Saturday, December 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (3.5 hours) or from 12:30 - 4 p.m. (3.5 hours). Help with set-up, arts and crafts, games, cookie decorating and as one of Santa's helpers. Join us for this annual family event including Victorian Santa and his reindeer. Dress in layers. Snacks provided. Minimum age is 14.

For information or to sign up for one or both of these volunteer opportunities, visit the link below.

> Volunteer Opportunities


San Ramon Summer Camps 2022 Survey

Survey

The San Ramon Parks and Community Services Department has begun planning for summer camps 2022! With so many new elements to camp planning, it is more important than ever to understand the needs and wants of the San Ramon Community. The camp planning team would like your feedback to help plan the best possible summer experience for your camper. Please take a few minutes to answer the questions in the survey below. We look forward to seeing you at camp in 2022!

> Respond to Survey


Sandbag Stations at Central Park, Athan Downs and San Ramon Sports Park

Sandbag Stations

Winter weather in and around the San Ramon Valley brings rain, sleet and ice. In preparation for any incoming storms, free sand and sandbags are now available for San Ramon residents and businesses at the following locations, marked with blue signs:

Central Park (12501 Alcosta Blvd) - sandbag station on Alcosta Blvd adjacent to the San Ramon Community Center

Athan Downs (2795 Montevideo Drive) - sandbag station on Montevideo Drive near San Ramon Valley Blvd

San Ramon Sports Park (5261 Sherwood Way) - sandbag station on Sherwood Way

Stations are self-monitored; please bring your own shovel to fill the bags.

> More Information


Weekly Street Sweeping: Now through January 14, 2022

Street Sweeping

San Ramon public streets will be swept weekly from October 18, 2021 to January 14, 2022 to remove fall leaves. Please avoid parking on the street on your scheduled street sweeping day if possible. For more information, please visit the link below.

> More Information


E-Bike Incentives from 511 Contra Costa: Buy a new e-bike and apply for a cash rebate of $150-300!

E-Bike Rebates

Over the past 12 months, 511 Contra Costa has issued close to 500 e-bike rebates. They followed up with the new e-bike owners to hear how it has changed the way they travel.

Most say they use their e-bikes for recreation and shopping, but many also e-bike to work and school. These new e-bike owners ride an average of two to four times a week, much more often than they did on their traditional bikes.

The owners 511 Contra Costa staff spoke with said that e-biking makes them feel happy, energized, and empowered. The biggest benefits of having an e-bike were exercise and recreation, the ability to go longer distances, and riding with less effort – a perfect combination for replacing car trips with e-bike rides.

Thinking of getting an e-bike? 511 Contra Costa still has rebates available. Visit the link below to learn more.

> More Information on E-Bike Rebates


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 HousingIsKey.com 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


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