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Let’s show our Whittier strength in numbers

We are several weeks now into the Covid-19 crisis and I am still adjusting to the “new normal.” It seems very odd to be in Uptown on a weekend night with the streets so quiet, to be at the Whittwood and not experience the press of families, and the weekdays with so many fewer people on the roads.

In one sense it is almost eerie but in another, a positive, because people are Safer At Home, and when out, practicing six-foot social distancing. I am glad to see people regularly walking their neighborhood and using the various other amenities we are so fortunate to have here in Whittier.

I want to continue to keep you informed as to what is going on in the city. Last week I talked to you about the Whittier Coronavirus Crisis Team (WCCT). Just to reiterate, the team is made up of the Mayor and City staff members as well as partners from various local agencies. The team is working together to keep our pulse on various parts of the community such as seniors, families, businesses, homeless and our healthcare providers.

We want to be not only reactive to events but proactive in making sure that we are handling the various needs around the community. And speaking of businesses, people have told me how they enjoy take-out dining and supporting our local restaurants. Let’s keep it up!

We have noticed many people going out of their way to help other people, which is the Whittier way of doing things. We call it #WHITTIERKINDNESS. I would like you to share with us acts of Whittier kindness to highlight on social media. Taking care of others at a time like this is so important and we know that there are many of you going above and beyond to serve those in need.

The Whittier City Council would like to recognize your efforts and thank you, so please email to share a short story or recommend someone you think is deserving, and don’t forget to tag us in your posts using #WHITTIERKINDNESS.

I want to remind you of our Whittier STRONG campaign! Some of you may have seen our Whittier STRONG banners around town and soon you’ll have the opportunity to get your own Whittier STRONG button by shopping locally at one of our grocery markets or restaurants. Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce for making this happen.

Whittier is a special community and now is the time for us to show our strength in numbers. Each of us can make a difference, but Whittier is stronger together.

Thank you, and take care of yourselves. Remember: Whittier STRONG!

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