July 29, 2020 Update from Supervisor Connolly

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In This Issue
  • COVID:
    Governor's Watch List 

  • Venetia Valley 5K

  • Northgate Mall:
    Drive-thru Food Bank

  • University Prep (UP)

  • Virtual Job Fair

  • Drawdown Marin

Dear Friends,

The Public Health Order has been in effect for 135 days.  It is during these difficult times that community role models emerge, demonstrating empathy and action. We are all thankful for the local heroes volunteering to buy groceries, run errands, and check-in on the wellbeing of neighbors. I want to thank all of you who have stepped up. I stand with you focused and committed to protecting the health and safety of all our residents.

On July 3, Marin County was added to the State of California’s watch list. The focus is on elevated disease transmission, increasing hospitalizations, and hospital capacityCounties on the watch list are required to adhere to stricter State guidelines on reopening. In-person classrooms and many business sectors will not reopen until conditions improve. To get off the watch list our case numbers have to come down, which will require us all to wear face coverings, wash our hands, and practice physical distancing.

The Board of Supervisors on July 21 adopted an urgency ordinance approving administrative penalties for violation of health orders related to COVID-19. Wherever possible we want to offer education to the public first. The intent of this ordinance is to offer a less punitive means to address repeat offenders. During this difficult economic time, we don't want to create any additional burden for community members. Where appropriate, the ordinance allows individuals and businesses 72 hours to address concerns.

Before making a complaint we ask you to be a role model, follow the order, and encourage others to do the same. If you see a business out of compliance, speak with the owner, and direct them to the Marin Recovers website. If you wish to report a public health order violation by a business you can submit your concerns to SIPViolation@marincounty.org. Our personal responsibility to our community is greater now than ever. We’re all in this together and we all need to do our part. 

On July 27, Dr. Lisa Santora shared with the Board of Supervisors that Color will be supporting local testing efforts. The change increases staffing capacity and test results arrive faster, within 36 hours because the organization has its own lab. This will enable earlier detection of positive cases and improve contact tracing.

There’s more good news:

  • The current case rate is declining, at 234 cases per 100,000 over 14 days. 
  • The number of cases in San Quentin decreased from 1,105 on June 29 to 528 as of July 28.
  • The Eviction Moratorium was extended to September 30. 

Marin came together early as essential workers, small businesses, and families to ‘flatten the curve.’ The marathon continues. We step up, each day, to protect one another with a mask and support each other, our whole community, during these unprecedented times.

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Venetia Valley 5K

The Falcon 5K is an annual run benefiting Venetia Valley School, with students in grades TK-8. On July 27, I ran a virtual 5K with my aides Mary and Gustavo to support Venetia Valley School.  All proceeds from this race go right back into Venetia Valley to pay for supplies and programs for the students. Previous races have helped pay for playground equipment, materials for PE classes, and uniforms for school athletic teams. Please join me by running (or walking) by signing up on Eventbrite.
Falcon 5K - Team Image Falcon 5k Image 1

Northgate Mall Drive-thru Food Bank

The SF Marin Food Bank is serving hundreds of families in Northern San Rafael and is looking to help more. A drive-thru food bank is set up on Wednesdays on the southside of the Northgate mall (Near RH Outlet, formerly Sears). Community members can pop their trunks, and masked and gloved volunteers place the food inside for a contact-free delivery. Anyone in need of food is encouraged to sign-up, there are no income qualifications or prerequisites. Pre-registration is required, you can use this page to sign up or call 628-272-8430.  Registration opens at 10 am on Thursdays of the week prior.  You can support this effort by volunteering or donating at sfmfoodbank.org.

SF Marin Food Bank

Congratulate our University Prep (UP) Graduates

I'm proud of our youth who have overcome so many challenges, COVID and otherwise, to graduate and go on to four-year universities. Education is the cornerstone of opportunity and this year Canal Alliance was able to support seven students for the third year in a row to qualify for college through the University Prep program.

Michael Gomez, High School Program Supervisor, is accepting congratulatory notes from community members to graduates. Join me in congratulating these grads by emailing your congratulatory note to michaelg@canalalliance.org. You can learn more about the program, the youth, and past graduates through this acknowledgment video.

University Prep

Virtual Job Fair: August 4 

Workforce Alliance of the North Bay and CareerPoint North Bay will host a virtual job fair, August 4 at 10 am. Take part in this event to connect with multiple employers from different sectors. Learn why their company is a great place to work, current job opportunities, share tips on getting hired, and find out how to apply.  During the event, you will be able to directly ask questions to employers. Enroll here.

Drawdown: Marin 

Drawdown:Marin has completed a two-year planning process and worked with over 150 volunteers to identify local climate change solutions. Take a look at the strategic plan and let us know your thoughts.  Comments are being accepted through ­­­August 31.  

Let's keep talking.  



Marin County Board of Supervisors, District 1
3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 329, San Rafael, CA 94903
Direct Tel: (415) 473-7331

District Aide: Mary Sackett
Direct Tel: (415) 473-7354 
Email: msackett@marincounty.org

District Aide: Gustavo Goncalves
Direct Tel: (415) 473-7342 
Email: ggoncalves@marincounty.org

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