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Supervisor Slocum's Bulletin 06-24-2020

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Dear Friends,

Two weeks ago, I said that we were witnessing history, today I am taking action. 


This newsletter highlights the Black Lives Matter Resolution, Juneteenth, a New COVID-19 Health Order, and Father's Day.
 
Regards,
Warren Slocum  

Your questions are invited. Please call me at (650) 363-4570 or email wslocum@smcgov.org.

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Black Lives Matter Resolution
There are moments in history that we look back on as breaking points for social change. I believe that, at this moment, we are facing one of these breaking points. Our nation is in collective anguish at the murder of George Floyd and the countless other Black persons who have been the victims of police violence.

San Mateo County is not exempt from this anguish nor are we exempt from responsibility, but we have the power right now to make a change. We have heard from our community and from protestors across the nation that enough is enough. We need to take concrete steps to address this injustice. That is why I proposed and voted in favor of the San Mateo County Black Lives Matter Resolution.

Although this resolution does not yet outline any specifics, it is a commitment that will serve as the foundation for a whole new set of anti-racist policies and a re-evaluation of our current policies to root out injustice, biases, and systemic racism. These policies will not just serve to benefit members of our Black community, but all people of color, and by extension our entire County. 

This resolution is also a key component of our overall work to promote equity in San Mateo County. I want to make it abundantly clear that the County of San Mateo cares deeply about creating an equitable and just community for all. But, it is not possible to have equity for all, until Black Lives Matter.
 
Celebrating Juneteenth

Last Friday marked Juneteenth — dating from June 19, 1865, the holiday is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is known as Independence Day for African-Americans and is celebrated approximately two weeks before the 4th of July, the day traditionally known as Independence Day or Freedom Day. But, it is important to remember that on the first 4th of July, in 1776, not all Americans were free. Juneteenth is a day to celebrate the many accomplishments and contributions of African-American people throughout history, but it is also a day to reflect on the fact that too many people of color are still oppressed and enslaved. It is a day to recommit ourselves to justice and to a future where everyone is truly free.
 
This Juneteenth feels particularly poignant this year as we wrestle with freshly ignited fury over racial injustice and systemic inequities. The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded existing imbalances in our county and disproportionately impacted the health and economic wellbeing of our communities of color. This is why it is more important than ever to make meaningful changes that will give everyone the opportunity to share in the prosperity of San Mateo County.

In the defining moments before us, let us seize on the opportunity to build a better tomorrow. Moving forward, let’s make every day brighter and be part of the solution.

 
New Health Order
Now Completely Aligned with State

With the completion of the variance process with the State of California, San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has issued a new order to align the county with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Resilience Roadmap. Businesses in San Mateo County will now follow the state’s schedule for reopening but must adhere to the local order’s COVID-19 safety measures and follow state guidelines.

The local shelter in place order of June 4, 2020, has been rescinded and replaced with a new health officer order emphasizing individual behavior and the practices businesses must follow as they resume operations. The new order is effective immediately.

The June 17, 2020, order limits gatherings to no more than 50 people, outlines social distancing and face-covering requirements, allows for social bubbles, and requires businesses to implement a social distancing protocol and written health and safety plans. “We are moving away from opening businesses according to certain categories and instead focusing on behaviors and practices,” said Dr. Morrow. “As we ease restrictions, the power to control the spread of the virus lies with individuals and communities. Collective behavior will determine our destiny. If enough people, businesses, or organizations in the community do not follow the protective recommendations, the virus may spread with abandon.”

 
Father's Day!
I am a father of two adult sons, Jonathan and Justin. Every day, I am proud of the men they have grown up to be. Being a father to them has taught me how important it is to learn from our children and to listen when they tell us that things need to change for the better.

I am so grateful to the brave young people who are out there leading social movements. From the Youth Climate March to the local Redwood City Black Lives Matter rally, it is our children and young adults who are leading the way and showing us what a better future looks like. This Father's Day, I am striving to be a good enough father, and a good enough leader, to make that future a reality. 

Happy Father's Day!
 
Did you know that we use Census data to determine where to build hospitals and clinics? In times like these, it is especially important for everyone to be counted, to properly fund our health care infrastructure. Get counted today!
 

Stay home and stay healthy. Together we will help save lives. Stay tuned for more next week.

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