Earlier this month, I was honored and humbled by our city council’s decision to select me as mayor. As we make our way through an unusual holiday season and toward an uncertain New Year’s Day, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you all.
With coronavirus infections soaring and ICU bed capacity falling, Governor Newsom instituted a regional stay at home order. San Mateo County is now under that order. It is important that we all follow the rules (avoiding gatherings with other those from other households is key) so that our healthcare capacity is not overwhelmed. I realize that this is especially hard during the holidays when we are used to seeing many of our friends and family members in person, but we must be diligent so that things can improve.
Small businesses, particularly our local restaurants, need your support now more than ever. Please join me in trying to #shoplocal whenever feasible. Consider selecting at least two (or more if you can) local restaurants a week to order takeout from if you are able to do so.
Though times are somewhat grim, I have been reminded recently of our strong tradition of giving and the fact that we consider our entire community a family. Katt Ortiz, a Belmont resident who many of us know from her work at Cipriani Elementary, Ralston Middle, and Carlmont High Schools, put together a fundraising drive to restock the pantry at Carlmont. The pantry provides hygiene and shelf stable items to families in need. Stock had fallen low at a critical time and Katt reached out to our community for help. Within days, the Carlmont PTSA, local residents, and local businesses had raised enough money to ensure that those who rely on the pantry would be able to continue doing so through the holidays. Katt is a rockstar who gives her all for our community. Please join me in thanking her.
This type of thing happens — quite literally — all the time in Belmont. When there is need, we step up to help. Whether it’s through the amazing School-Force organization, our incredible Rotary Club, other organizations, or just on our own, we fight through adversity and we always help our neighbors together, as a community. I know that is also how we are going to tackle the coming tough months: together, as a community.
I wish each of you a happy holiday season filled with as much joy and peace as possible. May 2021 be a time of healing and renewal for us all.