City of Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Week of February 10 , 2019
Happy Rainy, Cold, Beautiful, Winter Weekend Morgan Hill!

The past week began with some gorgeous rainbows over Morgan Hill!  That's got be a positive sign, right? Snow on the hills surrounding our wonderful community was also a beautiful sight to enjoy!

Photo Credit:  Kim Bush

You may have noticed water being released from Anderson Dam this week. This was a controlled release by Valley Water (previously Santa Clara Valley Water District) who operates the dam and reservoir. Anderson Reservoir is currently operated to reduce the chance of the reservoir level exceeding its storage limit of 58 percent, set by the California Division of Safety of Dams. This restriction is a safety measure that is in effect because of the dam's seismic deficiencies. Read the full press release from Valley Water.

The City of Morgan Hill has partnered with the CET Immigration and Citizenship Program to offer Free Immigration Assistance at the Community and Cultural Center.  The first clinic will be offered this Tuesday, February 12 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.. For more information please refer to the body of this email.

We are excited to announce that we will begin a City website refresh/redesign project next month. It has been about 5 years since the last one.  If you have thoughts or ideas on what would make the City website more user friendly, please feel free to contact Maureen Tobin directly.  Your input in welcome and appreciated.

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.

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: 
Robert Rivas

California State Senate District 17: 

U.S. Congressional District 19: 

City of Morgan Hill
Advisory Commissions:

City of Morgan Hill Advisory Committees:
City of Morgan Hill
Morgan Hill Fire logo


County of 
Santa Clara
Santa Clara Valley Agencies


State of California


MHUSD logo



  Monday,  February 11, 2019
Emergency Preparedness Seminar
7:00 p.m.
Morgan Hill Police Department, Training Room
16200 Vineyard Blvd
With events that have recently affected many people within our  community and in California, now is the time for all of us to step-up our learning and preparation to better protect ourselves and our families.

We invite the community to attend a free emergency preparedness seminar where you will learn the answers to the following questions and more
  • What can you do to prepare for an emergency?
  • What equipment, food, and water is needed?
  • How can we practice to help alleviate stress and errors?
  • What are some of the ways that the City of Morgan Hill has
    prepared for an emergency/disaster?
There is no fee for this seminar.
Attendance is open to all community members who reside
within the City of Morgan Hill and surrounding areas.
  • Emergency Preparedness
    • Types of Emergencies & Disasters that may affect citizens of Morgan Hill
    • Plan, Prepare & Practice
    • "Tools" that you can help you cope with a disaster
    • What is the Office of Emergency Services
    • Emergency Operations Plan
      • EOC
      • Coordinates with City, Business & Volunteer agencies
      • Morgan Hill Police
      • Morgan Hill Fire
      • Santa Clara County Water District

  Tuesday,  February 12, 2019
VTA Virtual Meeting on the 2019 New Transit Service Plan
1:00 p.m.

Join VTA online on 
Tuesday, February 12 at 1 p.m. for a live online virtual meeting to get an overview of the Draft 2019 New Transit Service Plan that includes proposed service reductions as well as increased frequency across the bus and light rail service. VTA planners will be answering attendees' questions and getting feedback.
Register here to attend the February 12 virtual meeting.

  Tuesday,  February 12, 2019
FREE Immigration Legal Assistance Clinic
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center
17000 Monterey Road

The City of Morgan Hill has partnered with the CET Immigration and Citizenship Program to offer free immigration assistance at the Community and Cultural Center. Monthly immigration legal assistance clinics will be offered.
  • Citizenship Screening
  • DACA Renewal
  • Immigration Consultations
Call 408.882.0008 to make a confidential appointment or drop-in

  Tuesday,  February 12, 2019
Planning Commission Meeting
7:00 p.m.
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue

Learn more about the Planning Commission
Thursday,  February 14, 2019
Community Meeting To Discuss Additional Lighting Being Considered at the Outdoor Sports Center
6:00 p.m.
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue

The City of Morgan Hill is considering adding  additional field lights at the Outdoor Sports Center. The proposed location for the lighting are the three  fields on the northeast corner of the Center.  The lighting would be turned on and used at similar intervals to those currently used at the Center with the facility continuing to close by 10 p.m each night.

If you are interested in learning more about this project we encourage you to attend this informational meeting and provide your input.

  Wednesday,  February 20, 2019
VTA Presentation on 2019 New Transit Service Plan
Morgan Hill City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue

V alley Transportation Authority (VTA) will join us at our City Council meeting to provide a brief presentation on the 2019 New Transit Service Plan and accept public comment and input. The new plan  includes cuts to south county services.  

We encourage all interested Morgan Hill and South County residents to attend as this will be the only presentation held in South County.

Wednesday,  February 20, 2019
County of Santa Clara Presentation on the 
Reid-Hillview Airport Closure
Morgan Hill City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue

The County of Santa Clara Department of Airports will give a brief presentation on the future closure of the Reid-Hillview Airport and the impacts to the San Martin Airport, south county agricultural land and  south county development.


2019 Men's Stage 3 | Amgen Tour of California
2019 Men's Stage 3 | Amgen Tour of California

Morgan Hill will be hosting the Amgen Tour of California Men's Stage 3 this year. Stage 3 will begin in Stockton and finish at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center. It is an exciting honor to be chosen as a host City two years in a row.

Information about the Stage 3 Finish, for both residents and visitors, is available on the  City website Should you have questions or need more information regarding Amgen Tour of California in Morgan Hill, please text or call  408.669.4060  or 
email .   


Starting January 2, 2019, the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara will be accepting applications for service on the 2019-2020 Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury.

The application can be found here , or by contacting the Office of the Grand Jury at:

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 29, 2019.

VTA is conducting community engagement on a
To help improve the transit agency's long-term financial stability, VTA must find an appropriate and difficult balance between spending its fixed budget on ridership and coverage goals. These service modifications have the potential to save VTA approximately $15 million annually, while investing service in high-frequency routes and seamless connections to BART service when it opens.
The draft 2019 New Transit Service Plan is VTA staff's proposal for how to implement the Board's recent direction: 
  • keep bus and light rail services at levels comparable to present service levels
  • place greater emphasis on serving and increasing VTA riders; and
  • minimize service reductions affecting residents in South Santa Clara County.
What's next... and where VTA can use your help!

Over the next two months, VTA will hold six community meetings to collect input on the draft  2019 New Transit Service Plan. Meetings will feature a presentation from VTA staff and opportunities for the public to ask questions and provide input to the VTA planning process. VTA will also be meeting with community organizations and neighborhood groups to discuss the plan.
We'd love your help in promoting our 2019 New Transit Service Plan website. The public can:
  • Learn more about the proposed service impacts
  • Get information and/or attend a community meeting
  • Fill out a comment form with feedback or questions


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 .

Questions and Comments: 



Tips to Help You Implement Asset #1: Family Support
  • Spend time with your youth doing an activity together such as: listen to music together, take a walk or just hang out and get to know your youth
  • Give your youth meaningful roles in the home or ask them for their advice about an important matter at home.
  • Know your youth's friends and their parents.
  • Ask how their day was or maybe follow up with a past conversation to see how they are doing.
Visit the  Developmental-Asset-a-Month Calendar  for more tips!
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