City of Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Week of December 9,  2018
Happy Sunday Morgan Hill!

We are pleased to announce that Morgan Hill's new Police Captain, Emil Kokesh joined the team this past week. Captain Kokesh comes to us from San Bernadino Police Department where
he served for 27 years.

Kokesh will lead the Special Operations Division which includes Investigations, Internal Affairs, School Resource Programs and the Office of Emergency Services. Kokesh is excited to get started in Morgan Hill stating, "I am incredibly grateful to be joining the Morgan Hill team and truly honored to have the opportunity to serve alongside the men and women of the Morgan Hill Police Department." Please join us in welcoming Captain Emil Kokesh to Morgan Hill

In other exciting news, Amgen Tour of California announced the host cities for for 2019, and Morgan Hill has once again been chosen as a host city.  This year Morgan Hill will host the Men' s Stage 3 Finish.  This will be significantly less impactful to the community, but perhaps more exciting.  More details will be available early next year. Check out full press release.

Last but not least, the November 6, 2018 election results were certified on December 6, 2018.  Congratulations to our new Mayor, Rich Constantine and our two new City Council members, Yvonne Martinez Beltran (District B) and John McKay (District D).  All three local measures passed.  We invite the entire community to attend this week's City Council meeting on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 PM, where the new Mayor and City Council members will be sworn in. Reception to follow.

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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Morgan Hill, CA 95037
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Recent City Council Actions

December 5, 2018 City Council Meeting

After significant discussion the City Council approved the purchase of an agricultural easement on Fountain Oaks Ranch.

Item #23 Approve Assignment, Modification, Extension, Assumption and Re-subordination of Existing City Loans and Ground Leases for the Rehabilitation of Eden Housing Affordable Housing Communities
The City Council approved the assignment, modification, extension, assumption, and re-subordination of existing City loans and ground leases for the rehab of Eden Housing affordable housing communities: Skeels Hotel, Villa Ciolino, Willows Apartments, and Depot Commons.

The City Council adopted a resolution establishing an Annual Regulatory Fee for Massage Establishments.

Item #27 Adopt a Resolutions of Necessity for the Acquisition of Real Property consisting of a portion of APN No. 767-03-936 for Hale Avenue Extension Project
The City Council adopted a resolution of necessity determining that the public interest and necessity require the acquisition by eminent domain of real property from Faridey Betpolice for the Hale Avenue Extension Project;
  CAL FIRE Burn Permit Suspension Lifted in Santa Clara County
CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit Chief Jake Hess is formally cancelling the burn permit suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Agriculture burns must be inspected by CAL FIRE prior to burning until the end of the peak fire season. Inspections may be required for burns other than agriculture burns as well. This can be verified by contacting your local Air Quality Management District.

  Morgan Hill Police Department reminds you to celebrate the holiday season responsibly
With the holiday season fast approaching, Morgan Hill Police Department wants to remind everyone to be responsible and not drive after drinking or take drugs that affect your ability to operate a vehicle.

With holiday parties taking place, it's important to plan ahead and make sure everyone has a sober ride home. Even if you've had only one drink, play it safe and designate a sober driver or use a ride-share service to get home. If you plan on drinking, don't plan on driving.

Read the full press release
  Sunday, December 9, 2018
New Hours Celebration
1:00PM - 5:00PM
Morgan Hill Library
660 W. Main Avenue

Join us for a special event to celebrate Morgan Hill Library's expanded hours!

Germar The Magician will be performing a family magic show at 2pm.

Find yourself a good book at the Friends of the Library Book Sale

Free and open to the public

All ages are welcome

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
7:00 PM
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue
  Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Flood Control Project Celebration
11:30 AM
Watsonville Road, across from where the Creek and Trail end
Join Mayor Steve Tate in celebrating the progress towards the planned construction of Upper Llagas Creek Flood Control Project. The project is planned to commence in 2019. Mayor Tate has worked for his entire tenure to bring this project to fruition. The project, when completed, will:
  • Provide flood protection for 1,100 homes, 500 businesses, and over 1,300 acres of agricultural land within the cities of Gilroy, Morgan Hill, and the unincorporated area of San Martin.
  • Save residents and businesses thousands of dollars on flood insurance each year, upon completion of project construction, and Federal Emergency Management Agency certification.
  • Preserve and enhance the creek habitat for plant, fish, and wildlife.

The brief event will occur at Watsonville Road at West Little Llagas Creek at 11:30am on Wednesday, December 12.
  Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Special City Council Meeting
Swearing in Ceremony of New Mayor and City Council Members 
Reception Following
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue


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.
From November 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019, watering is limited to Wednesdays only.
  • Irrigation is allowed before 9 AM or after 7 PM
  • Watering is limited to no more than 15 minutes per station 
  • Watering returns to the three day a week schedule on April 1, 2018
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!  

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 .

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  Morgan Hill Library

Effective Monday, December 3, 2018, the library is open on Sundays and expands its hours to:

Mon-Wed: 12-9
Thur-Sat: 10-6
Sun: 1-5

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November 2018

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Santa Clara Valley Water District News: November 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 November 2018!  

Tips to Help You Implement Asset #39: Sense of Purpose
  • Ask your youth what matters to them, what gets them excited about each new day? What are their dreams, interests and passions?
  • Give them the opportunity to explore different types of sports, art and music classes, community service, trips to different schools and colleges, etc..
  • Talk about family values and the purpose of each family member in the home.
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