The Quick Beat
- From SCCLD, January 4:
The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) is happy to announce the elimination of late fines for all SCCLD materials, including books, magazines, music, and movies. While SCCLD has not charged late fines for children’s materials for years, the new change covers materials for all ages. Fine Free went into effect on Friday, January 1, 2021 to kick off the new year.
“One of the core values of the Santa Clara County Library District is ensuring equal and open access to library services. Fines do not affect everyone equally. They pose a greater barrier for those who may have a greater need for libraryservices,” President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and Library Joint Powers Authority Board Chair, Mike Wasserman said. “Especially in tough economic times, access to public libraries are more critical than ever and eliminating late fines will certainly benefit our residents.”
Existing late fines will also be forgiven, so patrons can start the year with a clean slate. Patrons may not see existing fines removed from their accounts until later in the month. Fees for lost items will remain, and the processing fees have been reduced for most items. Please visit the website for details.
- SURVEY: DO YOU OWE UNPAID RENT DUE TO COVID-19?
Project Sentinel and the City of Milpitas want to help renters who owe unpaid rent. To help us determine the level of need, renters can go to https://www.housing.org/survey and answer a few questions. All information that you provide will be used only for statistical purposes and will be kept strictly confidential. Each fully-completed survey will have a chance to win one of 50 certificates valued at $50 each in a drawing on February, 21. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese. Please share with Milpitas tenants!
- Breakfast with a Cop – the Acting Chief of Police
Armando Corpuz has retired, and Jared Hernandez has been named acting Chief of Police for the City of Milpitas as of Jan. 1. The new Acting Chief and Lieutenant Matt Miller be the guest speakers for the Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association virtual meeting on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 8:00am. They will update the public regarding City of Milpitas and Milpitas Police Department policy and procedure changes in response to Black Lives Matter, especially those related to the 8cantwait campaign. Everyone is welcome to join to hear the presentation and pose questions. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to get the zoom link.
- Santa Clara County
“As the holiday season continues, with Christmas and the New Year approaching, County health officials remind all residents to do their part by wearing face coverings and avoiding gatherings with those outside of the household. Everyone should be staying at home, avoiding all non-essential activities, and should not travel.”
- Santa Clara County
The County of Santa Clara has released new COVID-19 quarantine guidance, which shortens the length of quarantine from 14 days to 10 days for close contacts of persons with COVID-19 and those subject to the mandatory travel quarantine. However, despite the shortened quarantine period, individuals should continue monitoring for symptoms for a full 14 days. The new recommendations were released on Monday and align with the California Department of Public Health’s new guidance.
- Celsius Ice Cream Toys for Tots
Here’s an important announcement from Celsius Ice Cream about a special Toys for Tots promotion they are now running. FREE DRINKS will go to all customers who bring in 2 unwrapped toys!—>
“With the Holidays just around the corner, it’s that time of year of giving. This is our second year at Celsius Ice Cream working together with Toys for Tots. Last year, the Marines picked up 2 full boxes of new unwrapped toys. We want the Milpitas Family to know that we are all about giving and working together to give these children the best holiday, especially during this pandemic…For every customer that brings in 2 new unwrapped toys, we will give a FREE Drink.”