Woodside Mayor Ned Fluet
Dear Neighbor, 

Here is some positive COVID-19 news as well as information regarding upcoming events in town.

COVID-19 Update

Today, the state of California announced the good news that San Mateo County has moved up to the second stage (red) of the state’s four-tiered, color-coded reopening system. This means that indoor restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and places of worship may now open with restrictions in San Mateo County. 

Moving to Tier 2 (Red) allows, among other things:
  • Restaurants indoors (max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • All retail indoors (max 50% capacity)
  • Shopping centers, swap meets indoors (max 50% capacity, closed common areas)
  • Personal care services – hair and nail salons, barbershops (open with modifications)
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums (max 25% capacity)
  • Places of worship (max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Movie theaters indoors (max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Gyms and fitness centers indoors (max 10% capacity)
More information about what the red level allows can be found here and here. As County Manager Mike Callagy said, "What this means is that you – the residents of San Mateo County – have made huge sacrifices to help slow the spread of COVID-19." This is hopeful news for our town and our county.

SMC Alerts

A San Mateo County civil grand jury investigation recently found that as of October 2019, only 10.6% of the County's residents had enrolled in SMC Alert, the County's emergency alert system. The good news is that Woodside is second in the County with 53.1% of the population subscribed to SMC Alert [Portola Valley was first.] But we as a town still need to get our subscription numbers up!

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and wildfires rage around California, emergency alerts are vital because public safety information could save lives. If you have not yet signed up for SMC Alerts, please do so now. You can sign up here.


If you have not filled out your census form, please do so now. You can complete the census online, via the form sent you in the mail, or by calling 844-330-2020.

The good news is that Woodside's response rate is beating the national average, but the bad news is that we currently have one of the lowest census response rates in the County. Your participation helps make sure there is enough funding for the programs and services that we all rely on like parks, schools, public transportation, housing, hospitals, and emergency services. 


Town Council Meeting.
A Town Council meeting is scheduled for today (Sept. 22) at 7 p.m. Here is the agenda and dial-in information. As always, the public is welcome to attend and speak on any agenda items. The public may also address the Council on any matter not on the posted agenda at the beginning of the meeting. However, the Council is not able to undertake extended discussion or act on non-agendized items.

Preparing for The Next Wildfire. This Wednesday (Sept. 23) at 6:30 p.m., join me, Menlo Park Council member Ray Mueller, and other local elected officials for a Community Conversation with Retired California Office of Emergency Services Fire and Rescue Chief Kim Zagaris and Menlo Park Fire District Chief Harold Schapelhouman for a discussion about preparing for the next wildfire.  The Zoom link is here. And more information can be found here.

Day of the Horse 2020. From October 9-11, the annual Day of the Horse celebration will be happening in Woodside. Given COVID-19 restrictions, the equestrian art show will be held online and the organizers have designed a "drive-thru" live portion of the Fair, which will be located at the Woodside Town Hall. More information can be found here.

Have a safe week.

As always, I am here to answer your questions and address your concerns. I post regularly on my Facebook page regarding Town and County news if you want more information.  

Take care of your families and neighbors.

Ned Fluet
Mayor, Town of Woodside

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