Pleasanton 03-23-20 008

Pleasanton artist Claudette McDermotte is encouraging people to display Christmas lights in their windows or outdoors to brighten up their neighbor's moods. (Photo - Doug Jorgensen)

Pleasanton Chamber Compiles List of Open Businesses

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is urging the community to support local restaurants during the statewide "stay at home order."

The order issued by Gov. Newsom directs all residents to leave their homes only for essential services during the coronavirus pandemic.

In response, the Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of restaurants that will remain open to offering to-go orders and curbside delivery, as well as other local service businesses that will remain open.

To access the current list, go to www.pleasanton.org/covid-19-information.

Open Heart Kitchen to Provide Senior Meals

Open Heart Kitchen in Dublin will continue to provide boxed lunches for seniors, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the statewide “stay at home” order to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Lunches will be provided curbside at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd. Meals must be requested 24 hours prior to pick-up, and seniors must remain in their cars.

They can also pick up meals for friends or spouses who cannot come in person, as long as those meals have also been requested in advance. Family members may also pick up meals on a senior’s behalf.

To reserve a meal, go to https://myactivecenter.com, or call (925) 500-8241.

Rosewood Gardens Cancels Public Events

The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens, a retirement community in Livermore that offers assisted living and memory-care services, has cancelled all public events through the end of April because of the coronavirus epidemic.

This includes all events within the community and at off-site locations for residents, potential residents, and health-care professionals.

Executive Director Stephanie Goodyear said regular events for its residents would continue with increased attention to preventing the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

Meals on Wheels Continuing Despite Coronavirus

The Meals on Wheels program in Alameda County is continuing to operate during the coronavirus epidemic with volunteers delivering meals to 2,400 homebound seniors.

“Many of our homebound seniors rely on the daily knock on the door, the friendly smile on a volunteer's face, making Meals on Wheels one reason to get up in the morning,” said Executive Director Marisa Melo. “More often than not, our volunteers are the people who are going to drop by to check in on their wellbeing at the same time every day.”

Meals on Wheels of Alameda County serves as an umbrella organization to five independent Meals on Wheels delivery programs throughout the county, including Spectrum Community Services in Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin and Sunol.

Melo added, however, that because nearly 40% of Meals on Wheels volunteers in the county are 65 or older, the statewide “stay at home” order has significantly decreased the number of people who are making deliveries.

“This means our programs are working harder than ever to limit service interruptions,” she said. “Many seniors respond well to continuity, and they feel safe when their environment and schedule are the same every day.”

Website Created to Report Anti-Asian American COVID-19 Incidents

Three Asian-American advocacy organizations in San Francisco have established a website for reporting incidents of discrimination resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

“Statements by elected officials, such as President Trump, labeling COVID-19 as the ‘Chinese virus’ fuel xenophobia,” said Russell Jeung, professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. “In our research on news articles, we see that following inflammatory comments, there’s an increase of racist incidents against Asian Americans. Clearly, with such political framing, Asians of different ethnicities are being racially profiled as a foreign threat.”

In response, the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and the San Francisco Asian American Studies Department launched a reporting center to track incidents of hate-related violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in California and throughout the country.

Individuals who have been directly affected by, or witnessed firsthand such behavior will be able to share their stories at http://bit.ly/Stop-AAPI-Hate.

The advocacy groups plan to work with other public and private community-based organizations to develop education and media campaigns to curtail racial profiling because of the coronavirus pandemic and provide resources for affected individuals.

“First and foremost, we want community members to know they are not alone. They can speak out and help stop the spread of bigotry,” said Cynthia Choi, co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action.

Executive Director Manjusha Kulkarni said A3PCON is working with an Asian-American youth who was assaulted after being accused of having the coronavirus. “That tells us we may need to work with schools to address shunning and school bullying,” she said, “but we need to know how widespread it is.”

Culinary Angels to Deliver Fresh Produce

Culinary Angels, which usually provides nutrient-dense meals to those undergoing cancer treatments or other serious health challenges in the Livermore area, will begin providing fresh organic produce to their clients, Tri-Valley Haven, and other organizations serving homebound members of the community during the statewide “stay-at-home” order.

Government regulations designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus have forced Culinary Angels to suspend its meal production at the First Presbyterian Church of Livermore’s kitchen facility, and its normal delivery service.

However, in partnership with two Livermore organic growers, Sunflower Hill and Fertile Groundworks, Culinary Angels will begin delivering fresh produce and recipe suggestions on Saturday, March 28. The nonprofit stresses low-calorie, nutrient-dense vegetables, such as cauliflower, cabbage, kale, garden cress, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and similar green leafy vegetables.

Deliveries will be made porch-side on a weekly basis to Tri-Valley addresses. To request a produce delivery, go to https://culinaryangels.org/request-a-meal/.