Over the City offices winter closure, many employees were able to spend time rejuvenating with friends and family. I’m happy to report that everything ran smoothly over the break. I’d like to acknowledge and extend my gratitude to those employees that continued to work during the closure to maintain 24/7 essential services and also would like to extend everyone a Happy New Year!
Warming Center Information
Due to the ongoing frigid temperatures, the Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing and the City of Milpitas extended warming center and sheltering availability this week. For more information on shelter locations and warming centers around Santa Clara County, visit the County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing at http://bit.ly/SCCshelters.
Hotlines are available to direct people to services:
- Call 2-1-1: for health and human services in Santa Clara County
- Homeless Helpline: Call the County Office of Supportive Housing at (408) 793-0550 to ask for assistance or report a homeless person in need in Santa Clara County (excluding San Jose);
- HomeFirst Homeless Helpline: Call (408) 510-7600 or e-mail the HomeFirst Helpline at Outreach@homefirstscc.org. HomeFirst’s Outreach team provides access to emergency shelter, showers, laundry, meals, medical services, case management, employment training, and more.
Community Surveys on Accessory Dwelling Units and Short-term Rentals
Community feedback is requested on two surveys currently open: the first, regarding accessory dwelling units (ADU’s) and the second, regarding short-term rentals. Each survey is designed to take approximately 2 minutes or less to complete and will be open until January 31, 2019. While there are limitations to what the City may impose due to state law, there are a few discretionary areas for Council policy consideration, including size, setback limitations and owner occupancy requirements. Thus, community input on these discretionary areas will be valuable for Council decision making.
Update on Prop 218 Noticing on Proposed Water and Sewer Utility Rates
Per the Council’s direction from November 29, the legally required Prop 218 noticing for the proposed water and sewer utility rates was sent to all households beginning December 21. A dedicated webpage was been established at www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/watersewer2018, which contains critical information on the water and sewer systems, as well as an FAQ section. Outreach to stakeholders/community groups has begun, and the first of several community meetings will be held next week on Tuesday, January 8 at 6:00 p.m. at Pearl Zanker Elementary School.
Lunar New Year Celebration, January 19
Let’s celebrate the Year of the Pig! You and your family will enjoy a night of music, performances, firecrackers, children’s activities and food at this year’s Lunar New Year celebration. The event is from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the Milpitas Community Center, 457 E. Calaveras Blvd. This will be a great event celebrating the Asian-American community!
2019 City Calendar
The 2019 City Calendar, including committee meetings, City Council meetings, and special events is now available on the City’s website. Kudos go to the Recreation Department for the creative design showcasing Milpitas!