City of Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Week of August 26, 2018

Did you know that water usage in Morgan Hill homes goes up by 72%  each summer as we increase our irrigation in response to the hot summer weather. Now's the time to check your irrigation system to eliminate leaks and ensure efficient water use. Check the body of this email to learn how to do an Irrigation Tune Up...It's Time!

The last "Summer Fun in the Park" event of the season will take place this coming Thursday evening at Galvan Park.  We hope to see you there.  Further details are included in the body of this email.

If you've been thinking about having a garage sale, Morgan Hill's Citywide Garage Sale Weekend is coming up September 8 & 9 as the kickoff to the 16th Annual Second Chance Week.  Sign up to have your garage sale listed with other Morgan Hill garage sales.  Further information about Second Chance Week can be found in the body of this email

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.

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17575 Peak Ave 
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
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U.S. Congressional District 19: 

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The City Council ratified the three-year agreement, for a total of $92,727, with Santa Clara County Animal Shelter (San Martin), for the housing and medical treatment of stray animals.


Item #17   Approve Response to Grand Jury Report on Housing

The City Council approved the response to the Grand Jury Report on Housing.

Link to video of full meeting
Thursday,   August 30, 2018
Summer Fun in the Park 
6:00 PM - 8:00PM
Galvan Park
17666 Crest Avenue

All activities are FREE: face painting, animal balloons, children's games, music, and more!
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Coffee with the Mayor
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
1295 E. Dunne Avenue, Suite 120

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.
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Water usage by Morgan Hill homes goes up by 72% each summer as we increase our irrigation in response to the hot summer weather. Now's the time to check your irrigation system to eliminate leaks and ensure efficient water use.

Get Started on your Irrigation System Inspection
  • Controller programming. Program your controller following the odd/even address, three day a week schedule. Visit to find your water days. Each irrigation station may run up to 15 minutes unless it's a drip or soaker line. All irrigation must occur before 9am or after 7pm - when evaporation is lowest.
  • Individual sprinkler heads. Make sure sprinkler heads are intact and check for leaks, cracks, or clogs. Manually turn on your sprinklers to evaluate if the system is working properly. Fix leaks promptly.
  • Irrigation delivery. Check for shrubs, lawn furniture, walls, fences, or other structures that might be blocking the water spray. Make sure the water is being distributed over grass and plants, not sidewalks or driveways.
  • Pipeline integrity. Sprinkler pipes and drip lines that are punctured or torn can leak a substantial amount of water. Visually inspect for leaks and repair any cracks, punctures, and tears you find.
Find More Ways to Save
The Santa Clara Valley Water District offers Morgan Hill residents many ways to save water and money!
  • DIY Indoor Leak Check Kit: Learn how to evaluate your indoor water use. Call (408) 630-2554 or click here to receive a step-by-step guide to perform your own leak check, including: Flow rate bag for shower and sink test, dye tablets for toilet leak test, and water pipeline leak test.
  • Landscape Rebate Program: Replace old nozzles and sprinkler bodies with qualifying high-efficient models, upgrade old irrigation timer to a smart, weather-based irrigation controller, and convert high-water using landscape to drought-tolerant and native plants. Click here to get started.
  • Free Water-Wise Outdoor Survey: The Santa Clara Valley Water District offers Morgan Hill residents a free outdoor survey with a trained irrigation professional, including an on-site irrigation evaluation, a detailed inspection report, and more. Click here for more information.


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.


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: 

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:

Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency Public Advisory Committee Vacancy

The Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency Public Advisory Committee assists the Agency in implementing the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan. 

The Agency is currently seeking a Committee Member from the business and development community. If you are interested in being considered for appointment to the Public Advisory Committee please find further information and the application on the Agency website
If you have any questions about the PAC or the Agency please contact Edmund Sullivan, Executive Officer of the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency at or 408.779.7265.

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