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Supervisor Slocum's Bulletin 07/14/2020

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Community Affairs
Dear Friends,
If you’re like me, you have become increasingly concerned about the state of our country’s health. At this time, when our numbers have increased and the state has reduced our testing capability, it’s more important than ever that each of us wear a mask, social distance and stay home to the degree possible.
 
I am doing everything I can to help protect the residents of District 4 and the county from both the financial and health-related impacts of this virus.

This newsletter highlights the Immigrant Relief Fund, Paid Sick Leave, the Census, and some additional information about wearing face coverings. 
 
Regards,
Warren Slocum  

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

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Immigrants Get Needed Assistance
At the Tuesday, July 7th Board Meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted to give $2 million to the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County’s Immigrant Relief Fund with potential additional funding coming later. This will provide financial assistance to immigrants who have been ineligible for federal COVID-19 relief, and the funds will be distributed by Mission Asset Fund (MAF), a financial services organization. This is a local fund that is not in any way associated with the DRAI funding.
 
The $2 million from the County will be accompanied by a $5.2 million contribution from Sobrato Philanthropies, run by John A. Sobrato, and $1.7 million from other private and non-profit investors, for a total of $8.9 million which will go towards helping almost 9,000 individuals and families with their most urgent needs.

To identify and pre-screen immigrants needing assistance, Legal Aid will receive referrals from its extensive network of partner organizations countywide that provide community, immigration, and legal services to low-income immigrant residents. Partner organizations will use the information they’ve already gathered from existing clients in the course of providing other services to determine their eligibility for the Relief Fund without imposing additional documentation requirements. Partner organizations will also do additional outreach in their communities to raise awareness about the Relief Fund and encourage new people to come forward.  Each partner organization will send Legal Aid a list of pre-screened, pre-prioritized immigrants, and Legal Aid will provide its combined list to MAF.

If you are interested in receiving funding through this program, apply through the Mission Asset Fund.
 
 
It's Still Not Too Late!
Census 2020

If you haven't yet completed the 2020 Census, now is the time!

The Census is central to our democracy. It makes sure everyone is equally represented at the local, state, and national levels. Census data determines the number of U.S. representatives each state sends to Congress and sets the district boundaries for congressional, state senator, assembly member, county supervisor, and city council elections.

Historically, low-income communities and people of color have been underrepresented in the Census. It is incredibly important that everyone fill out the Census in order to have equal representation in government and make your vote and your voices heard. 

Check out the video below to see why Deshaun J, from East Palo Alto, cares about Census 2020. 

Deshaun J from East Palo Alto talks about Census 2020. 
 
Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
All businesses in the unincorporated area of San Mateo County are now required to provide 80 days of sick leave to all employees for COVID-19 related reasons. This includes if an employee is sick themselves or if they need to take time off to take care of sick family members or children when childcare is not available. 

Prior to this new ordinance, passed by the Board of Supervisors on July 7th, sick leave was only given to people working for companies with less than 500 employees and food service workers as these groups were covered by state and federal regulations. Now, COVID-19 sick leave must be provided to employees working for any business in unincorporated San Mateo County. In District 4, this applies specifically to large businesses in North Fair Oaks. 
 
Mask Education and Outreach
At the June 7th meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted to establish a new outreach and education program to encourage widespread mask-wearing in all public spaces and ensure that everyone, especially those in communities most impacted by COVID-19, has access to masks. I understand that masks can be uncomfortable especially in the recent hot weather, but it is still very important to wear them consistently and correctly to protect both your health and the health of others. 

Check out the chart above to make sure you are wearing your mask correctly. The mask should cover your nose, mouth, and chin. It should fit flush against your face with no gaps on the top, sides, or bottom. 
 
 

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

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