District 5 Update

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I am thrilled that this morning our Board approved participation in California’s Great Plates Delivered Program. Marin Great Plates will launch its pilot program and deliver up to three restaurant meals a day, five days per week, to older adults starting May 18. The program will run through May 29 with the possibility of an extension through June 10. 


The program will be available to the first 1,000 applicants who meet the eligibility criteria. To qualify, Marin residents need to meet the following: 


  • 65 or older or those 60-64 and at high-risk as defined by the Centers for Disease Control 
  • live alone or with one other program-eligible adult 
  • not receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs 
  • earn no more than 600% of the federal poverty limit, which is $74,940 or $101,460 for a household of two 
  • inability to prepare or obtain meals 

The program is free of cost to participantsStarting today, residents may call Whistlestop at 415-456-9073 to confirm eligibility and apply to participate in the program.  




I serve on the SMART Board of Directors. The SMART Board has set a goal of identifying ongoing savings of $6 million in Fiscal Year 2020-21 as an initial step toward addressing potential COVID-19 revenue impacts as well as ongoing structural imbalances of $9 million as a result of the loss of Measure I.  


At our Board meeting last week, we were presented with options to reduce expenses that will have a direct impact on train service. As a part of this process, we are seeking input from the residents we serve in Marin and Sonoma counties, in the form of a short survey.     


The information gathered through the survey will be presented to the Board of Directors during a public meeting and used to inform the difficult process of making budgetary cuts.   


Some budget reduction ideas that have been presented to the SMART Board of Directors include:  


  • eliminating all weekend service  
  • reducing the level of weekday service  
  • suspending free onboard WiFi service  


Please take a few minutes and complete the survey - which will be available through Sunday, May 17, 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7GSMARTsurvey   




Look for an announcement on Friday for upcoming changes to Marin’s Shelter in Place Order, including curbside-retail, manufacturing and loosening of some park and open space access. Changes announced Friday will go into effect on Monday, May 18  



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