Your Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Friday, March 19, 2021  
Hello Morgan Hill Community!
Hello Spring! Saturday, March 20th, is the first day of spring. Interested in planting a spring garden? Herb and vegetable gardens are perfect for planting in the spring.
As we emerge from our winter hibernation, it is also the perfect time for spring cleaning. Did you know that the tradition of spring cleaning dates back centuries and is an annual ritual in many cultures and religions? If the idea of cleaning is not so appealing, it turns out that there are many things still to celebrate in March.
Vaccines Available
Teachers & Child Care Workers, Food & Agriculture Workers,
and Those Eligible Under State Guidelines

We are excited to announce that the Morgan Hill Unified School District and the City of Morgan Hill have partnered with Safeway/Albertsons for a second time to provide COVID-19 Pfizer vaccinations at Ann Sobrato High School to teachers, childcare workers, food and agriculture workers, and all those that are eligible under the State's guidelines.

Vaccines will be administered by appointment only. All who receive their first dose will be given an appointment to return in three weeks to the same location for their second dose.

When:
Wednesday, March 24 - Friday, March 26
10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location:
Ann Sobrato High School
401 Burnett Avenue

Click here to schedule your appointment; appointment scheduling instructions are available. If all appointments are booked, you may put yourself on a waitlist to be contacted when appointments become available.

Important Reminders:
  • Print and complete the COVID-19 Immunization Consent Form and bring to your appointment
  • Bring your Driver's License/ID card
  • Bring proof of eligibility for vaccine (pay stub, school ID, etc.)
  • Wear short sleeves
  • Do NOT attend clinic if you are feeling unwell or experiencing COVID symptoms
Stay Healthy and Active!
 
The Centennial Recreation Center (CRC) is open! With a safe and welcoming facility, improved air filtration, strong safety procedures, and a new spacious indoor group exercise studio, we’re excited to offer various options for you to continue your health and wellness journey!

Members can reserve a workout time for fitness equipment, cardio or join group exercise classes. There are indoor and outdoor exercise classes, and virtual classes live from the facility and on-demand.

Don’t forget! The Morgan Hill Aquatics Center (AC) is included with your CRC membership. The AC offers outdoor lap swim, aqua fitness, and private swim lessons. Stay tuned for more programs throughout the summer months! For additional information and to become a member, visit www.morganhill.ca.gov/crcmembership.
"Do 1 Thing" Emergency Preparedness Campaign
March's Focus: Sheltering
 
Do 1 Thing” is a 12-month program that makes it easy to prepare yourself, your family, and our community for emergencies and disasters because preparedness tasks are broken down into small, manageable steps. Each month Morgan Hill's Office of Emergency Services will release a new educational YouTube video to help you complete the program. 

The March video below focuses on Sheltering

THE GOAL: Know how to respond safely when instructions are given to evacuate or take shelter. In a disaster, you may be asked to either evacuate or shelter-in-place. In the pressure of an emergency, it can be difficult to focus on what to do first. With practice, you, your family, and the community will be more comfortable taking the right steps when the emergency actually happens.
The 38th Annual Virtual Wildflower Run
American Association of University Women

virtual run means registrants can run any day, anywhere, primarily between March 20 and March 28.

100% of the proceeds stay in Morgan Hill!
COVID-19 Updates
Vaccinations for Homebound Residents

Santa Clara County continues to expand its COVID-19 vaccination outreach efforts. Residents can email CovidVaxHome@phd.sccgov.org or call 408-970-2818 for more information or to register.

To be eligible, residents must meet the Medicare definition of homebound:
  • Patients either need supportive devices such as crutches, canes, wheelchairs, walkers, special transportation, or help from someone else to leave their home due to illness or injury, OR have a condition that makes leaving home medically inadvisable. 
  • There must be a normal inability to leave home, AND leaving home must require a considerable taxing effort.
Tuesday, March 23
Free COVID-19 Testing
Council Chamber Building
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  
Testing will be by appointment only. This testing site is not designed to test individuals with symptoms of COVID-19. Individuals with symptoms should contact their healthcare provider for evaluation and testing. 
 
To make an appointment:
 
Once all appointments are filled, this location will no longer appear for scheduling on the website.  You can schedule from your phone or a computer using a web browser other than Internet Explorer. 
 
We invite you to visit sccfreetest.org for additional testing locations.
COVID-19 Rent Relief
The Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency announced that it is now accepting applications for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program
 
California tenants or landlords can visit the Housing Is Key website or call toll-free 833-430-2122. 
Thank you for Getting Vaccinated!
Gracias por vacunarte!
Thank you for getting vaccinated. You are helping to protect not only yourself but all of us. Please continue to get tested, especially if you have symptoms, are exposed to a known case or the public, or before/after traveling. To schedule a test, visit www.sccFreeTest.org  
Gracias por vacunarte. Estás ayudando a protegerte no solo a ti mismo, sino a todos. Continúa haciéndote la prueba, especialmente si tienes síntomas, estás expuesto a un caso conocido o al público, o antes o después de viajar. Para programar una prueba, visita www.sccVacuna.org  
Meetings, Community Events, and
Opportunities to Engage
Applications Accepted Until April 2, 2021
The City of Morgan Hill is seeking applications from residents interested in serving on the Library, Culture, and Arts Commission
 
There is one (1) vacancy on this Commission with a term ending April 1, 2024. The deadline to submit applications is April 2, 2021. We will be conducting interviews on April 21, 2021.
 
If you are interested in applying, please visit the following link to learn more about the commissions and apply: https://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/148/Commissions.
March 15 - April 19, 2021
Saturday, March 20, 2021
9th Annual
High School Dreamers Unite
Student & Educator Conference

9:00 am - 1 pm
Registration is now open for the Dreamers Unite Conference. All students are encouraged to attend!

Registration:

You will be asked to log in and make an account. Please contact Jane Slater, jslater@seq.org, with questions.


Saturday, March 20, 2021
Women's Leadership Policy Summit

9:00 am - 4 pm
Co-Hosted by County Supervisor, Cindy Chavez, and Valley Medical Center Foundation

Self-care is vital. Kicking off the summit Downtown Yoga Shala will lead a Yoga session to ground us and set intentions for the day. Then, experts will lead a series of engaging workshops on a variety of topics. Finally, we will close our program with an energizing Zumba session led by Santa Clara County’s Employee Wellness Division.
 
The first 500 registrants will receive a free tote bag. To register, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/womssummit2021.
  
Workshop topics include:
  • Women’s Health
  • Housing for Women
  • Intimate Partner Violence During COVID-19
  • Women as Frontline Workers: Response and Recovery
  • Promoting Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Childcare and Education During COVID-19
  • Women in the Arts Surviving COVID-19
  • Women in the Environmental Movement
  • Women Leading the Way: Public Service Opportunities and How to Get Engaged
  • Youth Action Workshops: Self Care & Activism
 
Some workshops will be conducted simultaneously in Spanish and Vietnamese.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Planning Commission Meeting
7:00 pm


Cochrane Commons (Target Shopping Center) will present updated plans for the build-out of Phase 2 of the shopping center. The most recent Planning Commission presentation was on February 11, 2020. Since that time, Cochrane Commons has refined its plans and would like to get feedback from the Planning Commission before moving forward on its Planned Development Amendment and General Plan Amendment application. For more info, visit the project page.

The Planning Commission Meeting will be live-streamed on Channel 17, the City’s website, and Facebook page.

Those members of the public wishing to participate remotely may do so via the electronic meeting at: https://bit.ly/PlanningCommissionMtg or by calling 669-900-9128,
then enter the meeting id: 873 3200 8380#

Public comment for this meeting will be accepted via email to pcpubliccomment@morganhill.ca.gov. Members of the public participating in the electronic meeting wishing to speak may do so during public comment.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Broadband in Morgan Hill Community - Council Workshop #2
7:00 pm
 
The City will be hosting the second virtual community workshop on broadband (Internet) services for the community on Wednesday, March 24th at 7 pm. Topics to be addressed will include:
 
  • Update from Spectrum (Charter) on Their Local System
  • Presentations from South Valley Internet and Wave Broadband on Services Locally Available
  • Information on What the City Can and Will do and Cannot do to Regulate Broadband Services

This will be the second of three workshops that the City has planned for this important topic. The third workshop is scheduled for April 28th and will focus on things residents can do to improve their home service. 
  
Visit the City's Broadband webpage for more information.

Those members of the community that would like to participate in this meeting may do so by joining the virtual meeting at: https://bit.ly/MHCityCouncilMeeting 
or by calling in to: 669-900-9128, then enter the webinar id: 873 3200 8380#
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Virtual Town Hall - Initiative Petition
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
 
On March 3rd, The City Council certified the sufficiency of the Responsible Growth Coalition’s (RGC) Initiative Petition. They also directed staff to work with the RGC to clarify language and develop an ordinance that meets the initiative’s intent while reducing impacts to existing businesses. Since the March 3rd meeting, City staff and the RGC have collaborated to bring forward an ordinance that further protects Morgan Hill from potential large truck/high traffic uses.

We are happy to announce that the City and the RGC will be hosting a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, March 25th at 5:30 pm to present this joint proposal. City staff and the RGC will make presentations and discuss the proposed changes and clarifications, including what those mean to the community. 

Those members of the community that would like to participate in this meeting may do so by joining the virtual meeting at: https://bit.ly/Communitytownhall or calling in to: (669) 900-9128, then enter the webinar id: 828 0731 9295 #.
 
This virtual town hall meeting will also be streamed live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/morganhillengage/.
March 25 - May 27, 2021
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Upcoming Youth Events
PARTI Program is hosting a variety of activities this summer. The group's mission is to promote education around youth healthy lifestyles and healthy decision-making. Engagement opportunities will continue through the summer continuing into the 2021-22 school year. 

April 21, 2021, from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Silicon Valley/Bay Area Career Connection Virtual Event (View the FLYER)

May 29, 2021, in Gilroy and May 30, 2021, in Morgan Hill - Location TBA
South County Safe Summer Kickoff (View the FLYER)
Save the Date
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Empower SCC Hosts
Free Homeownership Webinar 
3:00 - 4:30 pm
 
Presented entirely in Spanish, the City of Gilroy is proud to host a FREE Homeownership Webinar about the Empower Homebuyers SCC program with the County of Santa Clara and Housing Trust Silicon Valley. Learn more about this new down payment assistance program and how it can help you become a first-time homebuyer in Santa Clara County. All are welcome.
 
For more information about the program, visit http://www.housingtrustsv.org/empower.
OR view the flyers. (English/Spanish). Register HERE today!
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
April 17 & 18, 2021
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Food Drive & Give Away

Edward Boss Prado Foundation hosts
Gate To Gate Food Giveaway, April 24.

Please donate non-perishable, canned, or dry goods before April 24.

To donate, text, or call Cecelia Ponzini, CEO of the Edward Boss Prado Foundation,
1-408-670-0266.
Public Project and Maintenance Updates

Partner Agency News
College Scholarships for Local Women

The Morgan Hill branch of the American Association of University Women is offering three types of scholarships. Applications are due May 15. Additional details may be found at: aauwmh.org/local-scholarships.

(1) Re-Entry/Deferred Scholarship: For women whose college studies were interrupted or are now just starting college after a break in their education after finishing high school.
 
(2) Lauren Jenkins Healthcare Profession Scholarships: For women in a healthcare program leading to a professional practice license.
 
(3) Fritts Family STEM Scholarship: For women currently in college working toward a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field.
Darren Dean Vocational Education Grant

The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill offers financial aid to adults age 17+ who live in the Morgan Hill Unified School District boundaries.
 
The Darren Dean Vocational Education Grant supports people who want experience and knowledge in skilled labor, such as the construction trades. The due date is May 15, 2021. See the attached flyer or Rotary's webpage for additional information.
Summer Enrichment Program

Join the Boys and Girls Club for an exciting summer filled with fun, friends, and adventure, Ages 6 - 18.

June 14 - July 30
Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 6:00 pm

For more information and to register today, view the flyers. (English/Spanish)
Caltrain Reduces Price for Monthly Pass by 20%

Caltrain has reduced the price of its Monthly Pass by 20% from April to September. Riders can purchase an April Pass starting March 21.
The Morgan Hill HUB
 
LATI is excited to announce the launch of The Morgan Hill HUB. The HUB is a COVID compliant space that will allow youth (limited count) and early college students to come and have free, strong internet access, log into school, do their homework, receive academic support and resources. The HUB will also provide a morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack.
 
Registration is now open, and space is still available: THE HUB
 
For more information, please view the flyers. (English/Spanish)
Morgan Hill Community Foundation's
Meals for Heroes Program

Two of the most impacted Morgan Hill industries in the midst of COVID-19 are medical and hospitality. Your donation will help provide meals for local healthcare workers and financial support for local small business restaurants.

PG&E Extends Its COVID-19 Support Programs

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has announced that it will extend the existing COVID 19 customer protections through June 30, 2021. For more information, view the full article HERE.

Wildfire Prevention Work in Santa Clara County
PG&E submitted its 2021 Wildfire Mitigation Plan (WMP), found HERE, to the CPUC detailing its plans to reduce wildfire risk, increase situational awareness, and deploy new technology and models to help keep customers and communities safe.

Additional Resources for Customers
To help customers plan for power outages to prevent major wildfires, PG&E has developed a series of educational videos that can be found at pge.com/pspsvideos and kidsemergencysafety.com
$20,000 in Scholarships
for Youth Film Competition:
EmPower Silicon Valley 

Do you know a high school student interested in climate solutions? Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) is providing $20,000 in scholarships as part of a new youth competition kicking off in April. No prior film or climate change knowledge necessary. To receive updates and a link to the kick-off event, complete the form. For general SVCE information, click HERE.

June 2021 Santa Clara County Time-of-Use Rate Transition

As part of a multi-year, statewide energy policy to create a cleaner energy future for California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, SVCE, and San José Clean Energy will move approximately 395,000 eligible residential electric customers currently on a tiered rate plan called E-1 to a Time-of-Use (TOU) rate plan in June 2021. For more information, click HERE.
Lobby Service at the Library Resumes

This service is in addition to the contactless curb service. Visitors who enter the library must be COVID-19 symptom-free, wear a face covering, and maintain social distance.

New Online Program Helps Adults Get High School Diplomas

The Santa Clara County Library District is happy to offer a new online program that makes it simple and convenient for adults to obtain high school diplomas and learn new careers.
View this FLYER for more information.
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Office Hours

City of Morgan Hill offices are closed due to COVID-19.

If you have questions or concerns during this time please call our virtual call center.

408-767-6404

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Messages will be returned within 24 hours.
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