April 2021

Welcome to the City of Dublin's New Monthly Newsletter!

On behalf of the Dublin City Council, it is my honor to present this new City of Dublin monthly newsletter, Backyard Brief. Through this new form of communication, I look forward to keeping our residents, visitors, and business owners abreast of the many happenings going on in Dublin. Of course, in the New American Backyard, there is always SOMETHING going on! To receive this regular newsletter, please visit www.dublin.ca.gov and click on the "Keep Me Informed" button under the large banner photograph. You'll find Backyard Brief in the "Notify Me" section. I look forward to sharing more with you.


Linda Smith

City Manager

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Latest Updates and Information on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Alameda County is Now in the Orange Tier!

With COVID-19 cases on the decline and vaccination rates rising, Alameda County has officially moved into the Orange Tier in the State's "Blueprint for Safer Economy." Under the Orange Tier, the County will allow for additional activities to resume, with modifications and an increase in indoor capacities. For complete list of the updates to the health order, visit www.dublin.ca.gov/coronavirus.

Alameda County must remain in the Orange Tier for a minimum of three weeks before moving into the next less-restrictive color tier, even though metrics might warrant it. The County currently has a testing positivity rate of 1.1 percent.

Vaccination Update

Governor Newsom also announced that California residents over the age of 50 can begin to receive a COVID-19 vaccination beginning April 1, and those at least 16 years of age can be vaccinated beginning April 15. The Alameda County Fairgrounds is now serving as a COVID-19 vaccination site for those with appointments through Stanford Health Care - Valley Care and Sutter Health. Supply is still extremely limited and drop-ins are not allowed. Qualified residents who are eligible to receive a vaccine should contact their healthcare provider or complete this form to be put on a waiting list for a vaccination appointment.

For residents who may find it difficult to get to a vaccination appointment, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) will provide free rides on existing Wheels, Rapid, and Dial-a-Ride services to and from any COVID-19 vaccination site in Dublin, Livermore, and Pleasanton. This includes rides to hospitals, pharmacies, and other immunization sites. To receive the free ride, passengers must show physical or digital confirmation of the same-day vaccination appointment. Visit www.wheelsbus.com for more information.

As of April 1, 2021, more than 17,000 Dublin residents have received at least one vaccination and we now have more than 10,000 residents fully vaccinated. Let’s keep up the great work and keep our community safe. Masking is still incredibly important when you are out in public. We need to stay vigilant as we are so close to turning the corner on this pandemic.

COVID-19 Testing Site at Alameda County Fairgrounds Relocates to Livermore

As COVID-19 testing demand decreased over the past month, Stanford Healthcare - Valley Care consolidated its testing operations and relocated the site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds to an existing testing site in Livermore, effective April 1. The Livermore site is located at 1111 E. Stanley Boulevard in Livermore. That site is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to noon. While appointments are preferred, same day access without an appointment is available by calling 925-734-3376.

Since the beginning of operations in April 2020 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, nearly 32,000 tests were administered. During peak months, an average of 200 tests were administered per day.

Governor Signs Senate Bill 91 to Assist Landlords and Tenants During COVID-19

Senate Bill 91, signed by Governor Newsom in late January, also assists landlords and tenants throughout the State of California that have been financially impacted by COVID-19. The bill extends the Tenant Relief Act, which forbade landlords from evicting tenants who were experiencing economic hardship related to COVID-19. SB-91 extends the eviction moratorium through June 30 of this year. The bill also compensates landlords by using federal funding to pay 80% of accumulated back rent from April 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021. Any landlord who accepts this federal money must forgive the remaining unpaid rent for that period of time. Additionally, federal money is available to help cover unpaid rent from March through June of this year.

City of Dublin Provides Assistance to Business Owners and Renters During COVID-19

Throughout the pandemic, the Dublin City Council approved several programs to assist both small businesses and residents who were struggling through the economic challenges due to COVID-19. Through the Small Business Emergency Microloan Program, established last May, 100 Dublin businesses received forgivable loans of up to $10,000. In Fall 2020, 138 Dublin businesses were awarded a total of $690,000 in CARES grants through a partnership between Alameda County and the City of Dublin, which committed $200,000 to this program. The City’s Recovery Boost Grant Program, initiated in December 2020, also provided eligible businesses up to $10,000 in reimbursements for costs associated with the changing regional and State health guidelines. The program ended March 31, and so far, 114 businesses have received $690,000 in grant funding.

For lower-income households, the City also launched a Rent Assistance Program in February for those who were unable to pay rent due to a loss of income because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This program, which is still accepting applications, provides up to $6,000 per household or a maximum of six months of rent, whichever is less, and the money is paid directly to the landlord. As of March 30, the City had awarded funding for 27 applicants, totaling $118,252 in rent assistance. More information on the program can be found here. The funds can only be used for outstanding, unpaid rent due on a current lease.

By committing significant resources, the City has helped to ensure that many Dublin businesses and residents could make it through an unforeseen financial crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Play structure featuring sign language graphics at the Imagine Playground.
Conversation art piece at Imagine Playground.  Art piece is two aluminum heads facing each other with a pathway in between.

City of Dublin Opens its New All-Abilities Playground at Dublin Sports Grounds

On March 6, the City of Dublin officially opened its new all-abilities playground, Imagine Playground at Dublin Sports Grounds. The playground was designed with the intent to provide a play structure and facilities that can be enjoyed by people with all kinds of special needs.

The $5.06-million project included the design and construction of an all-abilities playground, an all-inclusive picnic area, upgraded landscape, parking facilities, and pathways to improve accessibility and connectivity to other park features including the sports fields and a new ADA-compliant restroom facility. Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan secured $1.4 million of the needed funds through a California Department of Parks and Recreation grant.

Prior to the design of the playground, the City engaged with individuals and organizations who worked with people with special needs including Dublin Unified School District Special Education teachers, sports field user groups, Little League Challenger Baseball, and the School of Imagination to gain input from residents as to what they would like to see in the new all-abilities playground design. Pop-up booths were also set up at City of Dublin events to receive resident feedback.

A new public art piece, “Conversation,” by artist Barbara Grygutis, has also been installed near the playground. The piece is intended to emphasize our uniquely human ability to transcend difference and find common ground through conversation.

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Farmers' Market and Summer Concert Series Return to Emerald Glen Park

The Dublin Farmers' Market opens again for business on Thursday, April 1, at Emerald Glen Park. The seasonal Market will run each Thursday, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., through September 30, rain or shine. Come out to find your farmers' market favorites, such as locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, honey, nuts, pasta, and more. Pick up some delicious hot foods from vendors for dinner each week. Social distancing protocols will be in place, and face coverings will be required within the Market. Additional safety measures will include pre-bagging of produce and the halting of food sampling for the protection of the vendors and the public. Guests are encouraged to bring small bills to give farmers exact change and to wash produce thoroughly when returning home.

In addition to the Thursday night markets, the City of Dublin is excited to bring back the Summer Concert Series at the Emerald Glen Park Amphitheater, running every Thursday, June 17, through August 5, 2021. The lineup kicks off with The Illeagles on June 17. Visit www.dublin.ca.gov/summerconcerts for the most up-to-date information.

Dublin is an Idle-Free City

At its meeting held on March 2, the Dublin City Council declared the City of Dublin to be an “Idle-Free City.” Substantial evidence indicates the negative impact vehicle idling has on the environment and human health. Establishing the City of Dublin as an Idle-Free City supports a high quality of life for Dublin residents and visitors.

When cars and trucks idle, they emit ground-level ozone, or smog, which has the potential to cause harm to vulnerable populations. Many myths about letting vehicles idle have been debunked, and many new car models will shut off their engines if idling for too long.

Exceptions to the idle-free proclamation include:

• The need for emergency vehicles to idle during an emergency situation

• Vehicles forced to remain motionless during adverse traffic conditions

• When turning off the car’s engine may create a health emergency for human passengers or pets

• If idling is necessary for auxiliary power for equipment or refrigeration

• When necessary for repair or inspection of vehicles

In September 2020, the City Council also adopted the Climate Action Plan 2030 and Beyond, a plan that will guide Dublin toward a greener future and provide a roadmap to reach carbon neutrality by 2045. Declaring Dublin an “Idle-Free City,” is one step closer in helping the City achieve its Climate Action Plan goals.

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