August 25 ,2019
Your August 25, 2019 Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Happy Weekend Morgan Hill!

This morning began with an excellent meeting of the Engage Morgan Hill Community Advisory Group with a conversation about economic development in Morgan Hill. This same presentation will be offered for the entire community on Thursday, September 5th from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. We hope you will join us.

This morning's meeting was the third meeting of this group, which is comprised of your Morgan Hill friends and neighbors. They are learning a lot and asking good questions. We encourage you to connect with them and have a conversation about services, funding and priorities. They are representing you.

Members of the Engage Morgan Hill Community Advisory Group are listed below:
Shakeeb Ahmed
Inga Bredehoeft
Sally Casas
Nancy Domnauer
Tim Fu
Nick Gaich
Kim Gaxiola
Ava Geddes
Delia Gomez
Gale Hoover Hammond
John Horner
Caitlin Jackimowicz
Rick Kent
Sue Koepp Baker
Matthew Kulick
David Lovato
Michelle McKay
Jody McRoberts
Beverly Mercurio
Doug Murihead
Roger Nagarajan
Jeff Perkins

Cecelia Ponzini
Yvonne Randolph
Brittney Sherman
Brian Sullivan
Kathy Sullivan
Jennifer Tate
Steve Tate
Anne Vranicic
Charles Weston
Terry Williams
Beth Wyman

Did you know that Morgan Hill produces a Budget in Brief? It is intended to provide you with a basic overview of the City's budget ( a document which is over 500 pages long) in a simple and easy to read format.

The City's biennial budget is prepared much like a household spending plan. While a family might plan for such expenses as housing, food, clothing, transportation or medical bills, the City's focus is for police and fire protection, parks, recreation, water and sewer systems, housing, economic development, roads, building maintenance and much more.

We encourage you to become familiar with the Budget in Brief . After that, be brave and peruse the full City budget ...and of course, we'd love to hear your questions as your learn more about the City budget and operations.
Women's Week in Morgan Hill kicked off this morning with the Iconic Suffrage Bike Ride/March and Rally. The entire week is filled with more events in celebration of Women's Week and the anniversary of women's right to vote! See the body of this email for further details.

As always, we look forward to your ongoing engagement in community life and our local Morgan Hill government.

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Engage Morgan Hill  i s a community conversation about services, funding and priorities. It will be a year long community engagement process that will take us right through the next next two year budget development and adoption for fiscal years 2020-21 and 2021-22.
Did you know that Morgan Hill has the lowest tax revenue per capita, in the County? What does that mean? It means Morgan Hill provides more services with limited resources, when compared to other cities in the County. The City has stretched its dollars through partnerships such as those with CalFire and the YMCA, pursuing state and federal grants, and by creatively designing cost effective programs, all the while maintaining its good financial rating, and taking proactive steps towards addressing unfunded needs and liabilities.

Other cites, like Milpitas and Los Gatos, have additional revenues source like community facilities districts that generate parcel revenue to be used for operations and maintenance, freeing up General Fund dollars for other purposes.
This is another example of what the Engage Morgan Hill Community Advisory Group is talking about. We'd love to come visit with you and your neighbors too. Let us know!
 The next Engage Morgan Hill Community Advisory Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 24th from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM in the City Council Chamber. We will be discussing city infrastructure.

Morgan Hill Police Department Launches Community Engagement Software
At a time when it's crucial to improve community relationships, the Morgan Hill Police Department expanded its capabilities in its community engagement efforts, launching the SPIDR Tech platform this week.
The platform enables the Morgan Hill Police Department to send mobile friendly and fully automated messages to victims of crimes and 911 callers and gives officers a way to better communicate with those they serve. “This technology will help us to meet our strategic objective of enhancing trust in the Department and providing improved services to victims of crime” says Police Chief David L. Swing.
Often due to a lack of resources, law enforcement agencies around the nation struggle to effectively communicate with their customers: crime victims. This results in a lack of transparency, unrealistic expectations, frustrating outcomes, and poor public perception.
The SPIDR Tech platform enables law enforcement agencies to automatically send one-to-one text messages to those customers. Messages are triggered off of both our Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Records Management System (RMS) data.
“Being a victim of a crime is never easy” says Captain Emil Kokesh. “Victims deserve to know they have been heard and that something is being done” he added. Once a report is taken victims need basic information, such as their report number or an explanation of next steps. With the Victim notifications platform, victims are proactively and automatically informed, resulting in less incoming administrative calls. The victim notifications module ensures most victims automatically receive a quick note and thorough, one-to-one message without any additional work from our staff.
SPIDR Tech was founded by two ex-police officers who witnessed firsthand the opportunity for police departments to match the standard of customer service consumers expect from the private sector.
The CEO, Rahul Sidhu, credits advice that he was given by his commanding officer when he was a rookie in his department. “Every department has a bank of trust,” Sidhu says. “Every time you walk an old lady across the street … you’re making a deposit in the bank of trust.”
The Morgan Hill Police Department shares the same belief that each interaction is a potential deposit into the bank of trust, and these messages will allow them to increase their balance.
“Our goal is to ensure that our customers, including Morgan Hill are providing their own customers a quality and level of service that they not only expect but also deserve.” Sidhu says.
“We look forward to rolling out the SPIDR Tech platform. This technology allows us to communicate in a transparent and effective way with both reporting parties and crime victims. By keeping the lines of communication open we can build upon the trust and confidence already in our Depa rtment’s “bank” and better serve our community.” says Chief Swing.
Anyone that may have information on the current location of the subject or questions related to this press release is encouraged to contact Captain Emil Kokesh at 408 776-7314 or
Contact Information:
Captain Emil Kokesh
Special Operations
Morgan Hill Police Encourage the Public to be Responsible and Drive Sober
As summer comes to a close, Morgan Hill Police Department is asking drivers to not get behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs that impact your ability to drive safely.
The Morgan Hill Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies across the country in the national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. During this enforcement period, which runs from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2 (Labor Day), The Morgan Hill Police Department will have additional officers on the road looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
In addition to extra patrols, The Morgan Hill Police Department will hold a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint August 30, 2019, from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am at an undisclosed location within the City of Morgan Hill.
Labor Day Weekend remains one of the deadliest times of year for alcohol-involved crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 376 deadly crashes nationwide during the 2017 Labor Day holiday period (Sept. 1 to Sept. 5). Among those crashes, more than one-third (36%) involved a drunk driver. Last year, two people were killed, and 31 others injured in California on Labor Day alone.
“There are so many ways to get home safely without driving,” Morgan Hill Police Department, Sergeant Ray Ramos said. “Driving while drunk or high is dangerous, irresponsible and causes too many senseless tragedies. We hope that drivers get the message that driving impaired will never be tolerated.”
Driving while impaired is illegal, whether it is alcohol, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications or marijuana.
If you plan on drinking or are taking medications that can affect your driving ability, designate a sober driver or use a ride-share service. If you see someone driving impaired, call 911.
Funding for DUI enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Contact Information:
Sgt. Ray Ramos
Traffic Division
Meetings and Opportunities to Engage
Women's Week in Morgan Hill
Saturday, August 24 - Friday, August 30
Morgan Hill will be celebrating the 3rd Annual Women's Week, in conjunction with Women's Equality Day on August 26th, with a variety of events including movie screenings, panel discussions, hike, bike/walk and rally, morning meditation and even a Ladies Night Concert! Men, women and children of all ages and demographics are invited to take part in this celebration, meant to "Support, Celebrate & Educate"!

Women's Equality Day commemorates the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.
August 24th - August 27t h

All are welcome and invited to attend.
August 26th - August 30t h

All are welcome and invited to attend!
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Planning Commission Meeting

City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Upper Llagas Creek Flood Project Phase 1 Groundbreaking Ceremony

10:30 AM - Noon
Corner of La Jolla Drive and Via Navona
Save the Date

Thursday, September 5, 2019
2019 Choose Morgan Hill Speaker Series Kicks Off - Economic Development

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Granada Theatre
17440 Monterey Road

Join the Morgan Hill Economic Development team for a conversation on economic development in Morgan Hill. Learn about the opportunities and challenges to attract retail, jobs, and healthcare to the community and get an update on the companies that are expanding and developing in Morgan Hill.

Saturday, September 14, 2019
Morgan Hill Get Fit Run and Family Fun Fest

Starting at 8:00AM
Centennial Recreation Center
171 W. Edmundson
Register online at

Public Project and Maintenance Updates
Partner Agency News
Mike's Monthly Message
Get your August updates from Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman.

Library August Newsletter
Learn more about what is happening at your libraries and find out about upcoming events

Valley Water Monthly Newsletter
Check out the August news from Valley Water District

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Includes moderate stipend.

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Volunteer Opportunities & Jobs
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:   or 408.310.4258

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.

City of Morgan Hill Recreation Guide
Current Watering Schedule
Water is always a precious resource in Morgan Hill and with this in mind, our permanent watering restrictions have been designed to best manage the City's potable water supply. These restrictions will help us avoid or minimize the effects of drought, climate change and the unreliability of the imported water infrastructure that serves the City of Morgan Hill.

Complete rules and restrictions can be found in  Water Waste Ordinance No. 2236 .

Customers can report water waste  online  or by calling the Water Waste Hotline at 408-310-4195.

For more information, visit , email  or call 408-310-4169. Thank you for conserving water! 
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