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Covid-19: Interacting with Law Enforcement

As I write this there’s a big discussion on NextDoor about an interaction someone had with a Sheriff’s deputy while walking their dog in San Carlos. According to the individuals involved the deputy said “…they are stopping people and asking where they live because we are supposed to just stay…

Covid-19: County Manager’s 3/27/2020 Conference Call

I was able to sit in on Mike Callagy’s conference call for local elected officials today. The County, along with all the cities in San Mateo County, are working hard gearing up to address the many consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The entirety of my notes appear below but I…

Covid-19: A Call for Local Ideas

At last Monday’s Council meeting I made a brief presentation to my colleagues about wanting to ensure we continued to fulfill our policy- and law- making duties during this emergency (you can find the PowerPoint at the end of this article). “Let’s not interfere with staff’s job…but let’s do ours”.…

Covid-19: 3/20/2020 Notes

I don’t have notes from today’s County conference call to share. But here are a few pieces of information (new to me, at least) that may be of use to others. Call 211 for Information and to Report Covid-19 Related Issues The County is asking people not to tie up…

Covid-19: Notes from 3/19/2020 County Briefing

Here are the notes from today’s conference call. Please note that I wasn’t on the call. We’re rotating participation among Council members out of Brown Act concerns and will be shifting to a straightforward subcommittee after next Monday’s Council meeting for the same reason. Report from John Beiers, County Counsel:…

Covid-19: Gardeners

Yesterday I posted some notes from the daily County conference call which mentioned that questions involving gardeners were a hot topic on the County help line. But it wasn’t clear from the discussion how the latest shelter-in-place regulation applied to gardeners. Today I learned the answer from city staff (the…