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Weekly Update: October 8, 2021
Posted on 10/08/2021

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City of San Ramon News & Information Update

Friday, October 8, 2021

Contra Costa Announces Criteria for Lifting Indoor Masking Order

Yesterday, Contra Costa County Health Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano announced the criteria that will be used to lift the current indoor-masking order in Contra Costa County:

  • The county reaches the CDC’s moderate (yellow) COVID-19 transmission tier and remains there for at least three weeks; AND

  • There are fewer than 75 COVID-19 hospitalizations in the county; AND

  • One of the following conditions is met:

    • 80% of the total population is fully vaccinated

    • Eight weeks have passed since a COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for emergency use by federal and state authorities for 5- to 11-year-olds

When these criteria are met – which is projected to be at the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022, according to CCHS – Dr. Farnitano will lift the local masking order, which requires everyone to wear face coverings in indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status. After the local masking order is lifted, unvaccinated residents will still need to wear masks in indoor public settings under the state’s face-covering order.

Other COVID-19 related health orders that are in place at that time would not be affected, including the health order related to verifying vaccination or testing status at high-risk businesses.

Contra Costa County is currently in the CDC's substantial (orange) COVID-19 transmission tier.

As of October 8, 66 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Contra Costa County.

As of October 8, 71.3% of all Contra Costa residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (This number reflects total population; earlier statistics reflected vaccination rates for those who were 12 and older.)

> Read the full Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services

> More Information from Contra Costa Health Services

CA Eviction Moratorium Ended; Rent Relief Still Available for Tenants and Landlords 

The State of California's eviction moratorium expired on September 30, and the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted not to extend the County’s eviction moratorium for small businesses and residents. Newly enacted State law has provided significant rent relief for tenants and landlords, and new protections for tenants.

Contra Costa County was awarded $147,427,324 in Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) dollars between two rounds of funding and has partnered with the State to operate the ERAP program.

New evictions protections took effect on October 1, 2021 and continue through March 31, 2022 in the following circumstances:

  • A household with unpaid rent must show proof it has applied for rent relief and are waiting to find out if assistance will be approved.
  • Prior to a Landlord filing a complaint to initiate eviction proceedings with the Court, the Landlord must have submitted a completed application for rental assistance on behalf of the Tenant and the application must have been denied.

The Court is not allowed to issue judgement until it finds:

  • A Landlord completed their application for rental assistance prior to filing the complaint; AND
  • The Landlord’s application was denied because:
  1. The Tenant was ineligible for the program;
  2. No more rental assistance funds were available; OR
  3. The Tenant failed to complete their portion of the application within 15 business days of the Landlord completing their portion.

How to Apply

  • Renters and landlords can find out if they’re eligible and apply for rent/utility relief directly at
  • If you don’t have access to the internet and have questions, need help determining if you are eligible, or to apply, you can call the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Call Center, 1-833-430-2122.
  • For assistance in another language, for help determining eligibility, for help with an application, or help uploading required paperwork, applicants can schedule an appointment with a local organization near them by calling 833-687-0967.

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

General Plan Update Community Survey
Respond by Sunday, October 31

Plan San Ramon

How you envision San Ramon evolving over the next two decades? We want your input! 

Residents are invited to complete a Community Survey on how you envision San Ramon evolving over the next two decades. The survey contains 30 short questions, should take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete, and is available online until Sunday, October 31.

To learn more about the General Plan update, visit

> Respond to Community Survey

Open Space Hike: Alamo Creek & Hidden Valley Ridge
Saturday, October 16 at 8 a.m.

Open Space Hike Oct 16

The Open Space Advisory Committee is leading a free community hike on Saturday, October 16 at 8 a.m. along the Alamo Creek Trail and Hidden Valley Ridge. This is a moderately strenuous 3.5-mile hike with beautiful views of Mt. Diablo. Pre-registration is required at the link below.

> Learn More and Register

Culture in the Community
Sunday, October 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
San Ramon Community Center

Culture in the Community

Join the festivities at the 4th annual Culture in the Community Celebration. This community event will bring families from different backgrounds together to share and celebrate our cultures and nationalities. Enjoy cultural performances including dance and music from all over the world. There will also be interactive games and activities to experience. Bring the whole family to this exciting community event that you do not want to miss. Everyone is welcome!

Highlights include:

  • Vibrant multicultural performances on 2 stages 
  • Cultural booths from around the world
  • Children’s crafts, activities, and games
  • Henna Tattoos
  • Food available for purchase
  • Free parking & admission

Co-Sponsored by the City of San Ramon, Chevron, and the San Ramon Arts Foundation

More Information on Culture in the Community

San Ramon Symphonic Band Fall Concert
Sunday, October 17 at 3 p.m.
Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center

San Ramon Symphonic Band Fall Concert

Enjoy wonderful music on stage at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center. The San Ramon Symphonic Band has been in existence for over 30 years and has more than 30 musicians! Concerts are enjoyable for both adults and children.

> More Info & Tickets

Free Online Bike Safety Courses from 511 Contra Costa


Learn skills and gain confidence for safer biking on city streets. Learn the rules of the road to become a safer cyclist (and driver).

511 Contra Costa is hosting a free online class which will include tips and techniques for using your bicycle confidently for everyday trips, errand-running, and commuting to work or school.

The instructor will demonstrate simple bike adjustments for safety and comfort, basic handling skills for confident starting, stopping, turning, and riding, and easy ways to remember where to ride on the street between and through intersections. You’ll learn how to take your bike on BART and use transit bus bike racks, and hear about other local resources for in-person and on-bike learning and practice.

Presentations are led by a certified League of American Bicyclists instructor, and classes will be held on Wednesday, October 20 and Saturday, October 23.

To sign up, visit the link below.

> Learn More and Sign Up

Free Student Bus Passes Still Available


There is still time to apply for free bus rides for your student on County Connection, WestCAT, AC Transit, or Tri Delta Transit!

> Learn More and Apply for Pass2Class

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