Today is Election Day! Coronavirus update, Anderson Reservoir, hospitals update, U.S. Census count
Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman
Mike's Monthly Message
March 2020 Edition
Election Day is Today
Photo of Mike Wasserman mailing his voting ballot
Today is Election Day! I voted, did you? I voted early by dropping my ballot at one of the 99 secure drop-boxes located throughout our County. This is the first election held following the County’s adoption of the new voting system -- the Voter’s Choice Act. For this election, every voter received a ballot with the option to return it by postage-paid mail or taking it to a secure drop-box like I did. Voters who prefer to vote in person are still able to vote at any of the more than 110 Vote Centers, which feature a full spectrum of services from language and accessibility assistance to ballots printed on demand for any voter, with all the contests that apply to any residential address in the County. Exercise your voice by voting! To view elections results, please visit the Registrar of Voters website.

Coronavirus Doesn’t Discriminate
We all want to protect ourselves and our loved ones against illness, including the coronavirus (COVID-19). It is disturbing to hear that discrimination is happening against people of Asian descent amid virus fears. Although the virus started in mainland China, there is no racial, ethnic or cultural basis for COVID-19.

Because Santa Clara County is one of the largest Counties in the U.S., it is not surprising that several cases of COVID-19 has been reported here. Some very good news is that eight public health labs in California now have the ability to test for coronavirus – – and Santa Clara County is one of them! Previously, tests could only be analyzed in a center in Atlanta, creating a time lag that had caused deep concerns. Now, doctors receive results in hours, rather than days, so any confirmed cases can be addressed much sooner which greatly reduces the chances of infecting others.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyday common-sense actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
-Stay home when you are sick.
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
-CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
-Face-masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
-If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water.

Sadly, misinformation about this respiratory virus is rampant. Stay informed by getting your information from reliable sources. The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department is working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of California Department of Public Health, and other partners as the COVID-19 situation continues to change. Any new information will be updated on the County’s website as it becomes available.
Anderson Reservoir
When there is a looming hazard in our community – it must be addressed. After reading about the Federal Government’s recent directive to the Santa Clara Valley Water District to drain Anderson Reservoir, I reached out directly to Water District leadership. I made sure that they understood my constituent’s concerns about dam failure, water supply and environmental impacts. The Water District stated that they are working on a plan to expedite rebuilding the dam, while maintaining water supply and minimizing environmental impacts. The plan includes advocating for the passage of AB 3005, which is a bill from Assemblyman Robert Rivas to help expedite environmental review, permitting, and public contracting relating to Anderson Reservoir. I will continue to monitor the dam situation and will look for opportunities to advocate for rebuilding Anderson Dam and protecting the community.
Saint Louise and DePaul Hospital Updates
More than a year has passed since the County successfully assumed responsibility for the operation of O’Connor Hospital in San José, St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy and De Paul Health Center in Morgan Hill and integrating them into the County of Santa Clara Health System. Workforce assimilation is a complex and important part of any transition. Of all the former Verity employees working at South County facilities – Saint Louise and DePaul – less than a dozen remain to fully transition and become County employees, but I’m confident they ultimately will. At the same time, the County is working hard to fill vacant positions. The two facilities in South County are receiving approximately $45 million in upgrades, including a new electronic health records system, as well as much-needed hardware and capital equipment such as beds, monitoring equipment and surgical equipment. At the De Paul site in Morgan Hill, a multi-specialty group practice is being added to include surgical specialties and primary care. Another $10-$15 million is anticipated to be spent over the next year as major new equipment is purchased such as MRI and CT machines, as well as facility improvements. Plans are also underway to add additional beds to address growing needs.
Census 2020 - Be Counted
Gilroy Strong
Census Day is April 1, 2020 and you may see volunteers in your neighborhood asking you to participate in the survey and be counted as a resident! The data – which is kept private – will then be used to calculate how much of the more than $675 billion in annual federal funding will be earmarked for California services. There are four ways residents can respond to the survey: online, paper, telephone and in-person enumerator visit. You will receive a mail notification in mid-March from the US Census Bureau to complete the census online. I urge each of you to make every effort to be counted! Census data also assists in the drawing of voting precincts, congressional and state legislative districts, and school districts. If there is an undercount in California, the state could lose a seat in Congress and receive less federal funding for things like housing schools, and healthcare.
Upcoming Events
Tuesdays & Thursdays Gilroy: Gilroy Strong Resiliency Center
Through March 14, 2010 Morgan Hill: Community Playhouse – Rock of Ages
Through May, San Jose: Movies & Meals for Seniors
3/5/20 Gilroy: State of the City (Sponsored Event)

3/5/20 San Jose: Scientific Research on the Antarctic Ecosystem
3/6/20 Morgan Hill: Youth Mental Health First Aid
3/7/20 Morgan Hill: Corks & Coppers
3/7/20 Gilroy: Spirit of Music 3 - NextGen 2020
3/7/20 Gilroy: State of the City (During Conversation & Coffee)
3/7/20 Gilroy: Foster Parent Recruitment
3/8/20 Gilroy Library: Drumming Workshop with Barbara Borden
3/8/20 Morgan Hill Library: Lumos Magical Circuit Wands (Ages 8-12)
3/10/20 San Jose: Board of Supervisors Meeting
3/11/20 Morgan Hill: Anderson Lake Entomology Adventure
3/12/20 Gilroy: Gavlin College Student Career Fair
3/12/20 San Jose: Empower Homebuyers SCC
3/12/20 Saratoga: Count Me In! Census 2020!
3/13/20 Santa Clara: Beacon of Light Awards
3/13/20 San Jose: 13th Annual Santa Clara County Children’s Summit
3/14/20 Gilroy: Community Bike Ride
3/14/20 San Jose: Women’s Leadership Policy Summit 2020
3/14/20 Los Gatos: Police Officers Ball
3/18/20 Campbell: A Breakfast to Benefit Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley
3/20/20 Morgan Hill: Community Solutions’ 17th Annual Helping Hands & Healing Hearts
3/21/20 San Jose: Strong Girls Strong Women Conference
3/21/20 Morgan Hill: Youth Employment Workshop
3/23/20 Morgan Hill Library: Tea with Alice and Me (a performance)
3/24/20 San Jose: Board of Supervisors Meeting
3/25/20 San Jose: Pulgas Ridge Wildflowers
3/28/20 Gilroy: Cesar Chavez' Birthday Celebration
3/28/20 Gilroy Library: Author Francisco Jiménez - Living and Writing a Migrant’s Life
3/29/20 Morgan Hill: 37th Annual AAUW Wildflower Run
3/29/20 Gilroy: Prom Dress Drive
3/29/20 Palo Alto: Racing Hearts 5k/10k Challenge
3/31/20 Santa Clara: 2020 Project Cornerstone Asset Champions Awards

4/1 - 4/8/20 Morgan Hill & Gilroy: Poppy Jasper International Film Festival
4/2/20 Gilroy: SCC Farm Bureau Presidents Dinner
4/8/20 Los Gatos: Wildfire Preparedness Community Workshop
4/9/20 Saratoga: Wildfire Preparedness Community Workshop
4/10/20 Morgan Hill: Youth Mental Health First Aid
4/18/20 San Jose: A Day of Faith and Science
4/21/20 Los Gatos/Monte Sereno: Wildfire Preparedness Community Workshop
5/2/20 Gilroy Library: Gilroy Maker Faire 2020
5/3/20 Morgan Hill: 4th Annual Wags n’ Wine
5/8/20 Morgan Hill: Youth Mental Health First Aid
5/9/20 Mountain View: Fundraiser for Foster Children
Community Announcements
Annual Wine Trial Pass. You can now purchase a Wine Trail Pass that can be used up to a full year at any of the 34 member wineries at for a one-time Wine Trail Pass visit. Gift yourself or that special person the yearlong Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail Pass and a lineup of individual events all that happen all year long – including the tri-annual “Trail Days”.
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Earthquakes are a reality when living in California. Is your home ready? You might be eligible for Earthquake Brace+ Bolt (EBB), a program that provides up to $3,000 to retrofit your home for greater earthquake resilience. A retrofit strengthens an older house, making it more resistant to earthquake activity such as ground shaking and soil failure. The seismic retrofit involves bolting the house to its foundation and adding bracing around the perimeter of the crawl space. The California Residential Mitigation Program created Earthquake Brace + Bolt to help homeowners lessen the potential for damage to their houses during an earthquake. Eligibility is based on zip code, not city or neighborhood. EBB is expanding ZIP Code coverage each year. Over time EBB hopes to get to all high hazard areas in the state with additional funding from a variety of sources. Registration is open through March 19, 2020.
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Does your DACA Expire in 365 days or less? DACA recipients are encouraged to renew as soon as possible and the County of Santa Clara Office of Immigrant Relations is providing scholarships for the $495 DACA renewal fee.
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In March 2020, Gilroy will celebrate a major milestone, the 150th anniversary of its incorporation as a city, also known as Gilroy's Sesquicentennial. This milestone event will be celebrated with fun community activities including a Gilroy 150 Chamber Mixer on March 12th and a Gilroy 150 Family Fun Day on March 14th. Santa Clara County’s southernmost city, Gilroy is the southern gateway to Silicon Valley, and for many people: a hidden gem of family-friendly parks and trails, tree-lined streets, and small-town feel. Gilroy is probably best known for its rich history in agriculture and moniker "Garlic Capital of the World." But Gilroy is also located in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley Wine region and Wine Trail. Watching the Gilroy community come together in the aftermath of the 2019 Garlic Festival shooting proves that this community is #GilroyStrong.
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Supervisor Mike Wasserman is the Vice-President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
He represents District 1, which includes Gilroy, San Martin, Morgan Hill, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and portions of San Jose.

Office of Supervisor Mike Wasserman - County of Santa Clara
70 W. Hedding St.
East Wing, 10th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
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