City of Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Week of August 12, 2018

We continue to experience extreme fire conditions throughout the state of California.  In relation to this, CAL FIRE's S anta Clara Unit issued a burn ban this week until further notice.  Additionally, CAL FIRE is r eminding everyone to use extreme caution when working or recreating outdoors. Further details can be found in the body of this email.  We all need to do our part to prevent fires!

Don't miss the fun this Sunday, August 12,  at the Community Picnic!

Where:Villa Mira Monte History Park
            17860 Monterey Road
Time:  11AM - 2PM

Join the Morgan Hill Historic Society  for a leisurely summer Sunday. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase BBQ food on site. Activities and entertainment for all ages. Tour the museums and historical homes, meet community members or just bring your own group and
enjoy all that Morgan Hill's crown jewel, Villa Mira Monte History Park, has to offer.

Where did the summer go? With many children heading back to school this coming Thursday, we at the City of Morgan Hill wanted to share these important safety reminders with you: 

School Bus Safety: Back-to-School Tips for Parents
School Bus Safety: Back-to-School Tips for Parents
1.  Watch your speed in school zones! The speed limit in school zones when children are present is 25MPH.
2. Slow down in residential areas. Watch for children crossing the street and congregating near bus stops.
3. Do not pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. Traffic in both directions on undivided highways must stop when students are entering or exiting a school bus (the red flashing lights and extended stop sign arms are your cue to stop). On a divided roadway, all traffic behind the school bus must stop.
4. Be alert! The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Children walking to and from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings and more likely to take risks, ignore hazards, or fail to look both ways when crossing the street.
5. Always stop when directed to do so by a school patrol sign, school patrol officer, or designated crossing guard.

Check out the  National Safety Council's Back to School Safety Checklist for more tips on school safety,

  The Edward Boss Prado Foundation is holding its 5th Annual Fit for Fall Back to School Clothing Drive. 

T hey expect 600 children from eight elementary schools within Morgan Hill Unified School District to receive brand new clothes, backpacks, and haircuts. The need this year is for NEW packages of underwear, socks, and/or a backpack. Donation barrels can be found at City Hall and the Centennial Recreation Center until Thursday, August 23rd.
For more information contact Cecelia Ponzini, CEO Of The Edward Boss Prado Foundation, at 408-670-0266.
Just a reminder that the next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held on August 22, 2018.

Make it a great week ahead! We look forward to your ongoing engagement and participation in all aspects of community life and local government in Morgan Hill.

In This Issue
Morgan Hill City Hall 
Office Hours
8AM - 5PM
Monday - Friday
17575 Peak Ave 
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Elected Officials

County Supervisor
District 1: 

California State Assembly District 30: 

California State Senate District 17: 

U.S. Congressional District 19: 

City of Morgan Hill
Advisory Commissions:

City of Morgan Hill Advisory Committees:
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County of 
Santa Clara
Santa Clara Valley Agencies


State of California


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Tuesday,  August 14, 2018
High Speed Rail Public Meetings
9:00AM - 11:00AM
6:00PM - 9:00PM
Morgan Hill City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue

Representatives from the California High Speed Rail authority will hold this public engagement event in order to:
  • Update the public on the latest status of the High Speed Rail project
  • Discuss the newest route option through Morgan Hill as suggested by the recent Business Plan Update
  • Present an overview of how the right-of-way acquisition process works if properties are needed for the project
  • Answer questions from the public and gather public feedback

Friday,  August 17, 2018
City School Liaison Meeting
Morgan Hill City Hall - Grand Conference Room
17575 Peak Avenue

September 8 - 16, 2018
16th Annual Second Chance Week

September 8th & 9th - Morgan Hill/San Martin Citywide Garage Sale Days kick off a full week of events designed to give your stuff a second chance. Help the community AND the environment by keeping your unwanted items out of the landfill!  Visit  for a full schedule of "Second Chance Week" events and a list of participating garage sale addresses or call 310-4169 for more information. Deadline to apply is Friday, August 31st and online applications can be found on the website.
September 15th & 16th - Gilroy Citywide Garage Sale Days.
Promote the idea of reuse, conserve landfill space and avoid wasting valuable resources - have your own garage sale or shop at over 100 sales in Gilroy! Visit for a list of participating addresses or call 310-4169 for more information. Deadline to apply is Friday, September 7th and online applications can be found on the website.
The Garage Sales "bookend" a full week of events known as "Second Chance Week". Each day of the week is dedicated to making people aware of different ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Monday 9/10 "Universal Waste Awareness Day" - Properly dispose of consumer electronics, batteries, fluorescent lighting and other mercury containing devices.

Tuesday 9/11 "Freecycle Day" - Keep your unwanted goods out of the landfill by giving them to those who may need them.

Wednesday 9/12 "Donate Coats for Kids & Adults Too Day" - Share your unwanted coats with underprivileged children and their parents.

Thursday 9/13 "Second Sight Day" - Give your old eyeglasses a second chance to serve someone less fortunate.

Friday 9/14 "Recycle Your Cycle Day" - Donate your "gently used" bicycles and we'll distribute them to local charities.
Link to more info:



It's more important than ever to put only the right stuff into your recycling cart here in Morgan Hill! And it's equally important to keep out the things that can't be recycled.

Learn how to Recycle Right in Morgan Hill!

Visit for more information.  Click here to view a list of FAQ's that you may find helpful.  Customers can report water waste  online  or by calling the Water Waste Hotline at 408.310.4195
For questions, comments or concerns, please contact Andi Borowski or call 408.310.4169

Whether you are looking for an entry or management level position, Morgan Hill employees have a lot in common. We are all hard working individuals who respect each other and value teamwork to deliver services. 

We excel at meeting challenges and work hard to exceed our customer's expectations. We work for an organization that encourages innovation, provides opportunities for professional growth, and recognizes the contributions of each employee. If you share these core values, we invite you to apply for one of our open positions.

Have you thought about getting involved, but not sure where to start?  The City of Morgan Hill has many volunteer opportunities that could allow you to give back to your community and have an impact, develop a new skill,  meet new people, stay connected, explore a new career, or just help you grow individually as a person.  

Research indicates that volunteering not only benefits and strengthens your community and the organization you are volunteering for, it can have significant health benefits.  Apply to become a volunteer today by  completing this form

Questions and Comments: 

CAL FIRE Urges Extreme Caution While Outdoors
The CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit urges extreme caution while working and recreating outdoors. These past weeks have seen unprecedented fires throughout Northern California. In a continued effort to minimize more fires from starting CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit would like to remind residents to be extremely cautious when outdoors.

Here are some tips you can use to help prevent wildfires: 

Vehicle Use: 
* Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained to prevent sparking from metal to metal contact between low pressure tires and brakes. 
* When towing, make sure trailer chains are properly secured so they do not drag on the ground which can cause sparks and start a fire. 
* Never drive or pull over into dry grass. 

Outdoor Powered Equipment Use: 
* Use powered equipment before 10 a.m. when the temperature is cooler. 
* Use the right equipment to cut dry grass. Lawn mowers are designed to mow lawn grass, not weeds 
* When using heavy equipment such as tractors, backhoes or harvesters, use caution around rocks, as metal implements striking rocks can create a spark and start a fire. 
* Ensure chainsaws, weed eaters and other portable gasoline-powered equipment are in good working order, which includes having a spark arrestor.
* When welding, make sure there is at least ten feet of clearance and a fire extinguisher or charged water hose ready to use, just in case of a fire. 

Recreational Shooting Sports: 
* Place your targets on dirt or gravel. Shoot in areas free of dry vegetation and avoid shooting on hot windy days. 
* Use safe targets, shooting a steel targets or rocks may throw sparks into the nearby vegetation. Use paper targets or clay pigeons. 
* Ammunition type does matter. Steel core and solid copper ammunition have the highest potential to start fire. Lead core bullets are less likely to ignite surrounding vegetation. 
* Exploding targets can be highly destructive and can easily start a fire. 
* Incendiary or tracer ammunition should not be used in flammable areas. 
* Keep a shovel, fire extinguisher and extra water on hand, i n case a fire does start.

Santa Clara Unit 
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection  

Report all fires: CALL 9-1-1 
What to report: the location, what is burning, how fast it is moving, how tall the flames are, and what is in danger. 
Stay on the phone with the 9-1-1 operator. 

For more information on these tips and more go to: For information on how to create a defensible space go to:

CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit Bans All Burning
As of Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Santa Clara Unit has banned all outdoor burning due to extreme fire conditions.
This ban is to include all burning in the State Responsibility Areas within Santa Clara, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties and the Western portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.
These restrictions will also effect the use of campfires, stoves, and smoking materials in the State Responsibility Areas and will remain in effect until cancelled.
Effective immediately, the following restrictions will be in effect:
  • No open fires, campfires or charcoal fires will be permitted.
  • Lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel and propane or gas fire pits will be permitted.
  • Visitors to campgrounds must clear all flammable material for ten feet in all directions from their camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove always during use.
  • Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or a designated Campfire Use Site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
For further information please see Public Resource Code Prohibited Activities 4421-4446.
For more information on preparing for wildfires and defensible space visit: and
The Census Bureau is Hiring

The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring field representatives in your area and we're asking you to help us.
The Census Bureau conducts more than 130 surveys every year. Our ability to conduct continuous surveys - other than the once-a-decade population count - depends on survey takers in the field and our Regional Offices are hiring these workers.
Even though we are gearing up to hire workers for the 2020 Census, we still need field representatives for our other ongoing surveys. This is where you can help!
Encourage members of your community to be a part of our team - benefits include flexible hours, meeting people and working outside of the office environment.
Field Representatives perform a variety of vital functions, such as updating address lists and maps; conducting interviews with residents in assigned areas; explaining the purpose of the census interview; and answering residents' questions. Hours of work for field positions will vary - some require employees to work during the day to see addresses on buildings, while others require interviewing the public usually in the evening and on weekends.
For more information, go to: Field Jobs by State

Open Space Authority Measure Q Expenditure Oversight Committee Vacancy

The Open Space Authority has a vacancy and is seeking persons interested in serving on its MQEOC.


People interested in being considered for the MQEOC should submit a completed application, include a cover letter describing your qualifications for the position of interest and why you are interested in serving on the MQEOC, and any additional information about your experience to the Authority's Office at 33 Las Colinas Lane, San Jose, CA 95119. 

More information can be obtained by contacting the Authority via  email  or by calling 408-224-7476.

To be eligible for consideration, prospective committee members shall be a resident within the Authority's jurisdiction who are neither elected officials of any government, nor employees from any agency or organization that directly benefits financially from the proceeds of the parcel tax.  Members cannot be members of the Authority Board of Directors, the Authority's Citizens' Advisory Committee, or be a member of paid staff (regular, temporary, or seasonal).

August 2018 VTA Connections Newsletter

Valley Transportation Authority.  Solutions that move you. 
Santa Clara Valley Water District News: July 2018

Water supply, flood protection and stream stewardship for Santa Clara County.  Click here to view the Santa Clara Valley Water District's newsletter for July 2018!
Santa Clara Valley Water District: Landscape Rebate Program
The Santa Clara Valley Water District has funds available and is offering Morgan Hill utility customers rebates up to $3,000 for replacing high water using plants with approved low water using plants, mulch, and/or permeable hardscape or for an irrigation equipment upgrade. Commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-family properties can receive rebates up to $30,000 ($3,000 for multi-family).  Pre-approval is required, please call 408.630.2554 for  details and an application or click here to get started. Get paid to save money and water year after year!
Asset #4:  Caring Neighborhood

Tips to Help You Implement Asset #4: Caring Neighborhood
  • Be honest about your hopes and fears about your neighborhood. Discuss these with your family and some neighbors that you trust.
  • Meet with a neighbor group or slowly start a small group if one doesn't exist. Do activities together, such as creating a community garden.
  • Spend time outdoors in your neighborhood where other neighbors are. Take walks or hang out on your front step. Create a neighborhood "Welcome Wagon" of youth and adults.

  Click here  for more information about this month's developmental asset! 

Developmental assets are the positive values, relationships, skills and experiences that help youth and teens thrive. Young people with  high asset levels are most likely to make healthy choices, while those with lower asset levels are more likely to get involved with  negative or risky behaviors like violence, trouble in school, drug and alcohol use and more. The Search Institute of Minneapolis created  the developmental assets framework. For more information, visit