January 12, 2020
Your January 12, 2020 Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Happy New Year Morgan Hill!

Here's to a new year and a new decade! With the new decade in mind, you may have already seen information about the Census taking place in 2020. Every ten years the U.S. government collects data that is critical to determining many local, state, regional, and federal issues. "Census Day" is April 1, but residents can self-respond online as early as March 12. More details are provided in the body of the email and on the City's website about what to expect, when data are collected, and what options for responding are available.

In relation to the Census 2020, we just learned this week that we have been successful in obtaining a $34,000 grant from the Silicon Valley Communication Foundation which will allow us to support the focused efforts of reaching the "hard to count" population inorgan Hill. Good work Housing Team!

Successfully obtaining grants is one of the ways the City is able to do more for the community without needing resources from the General Fund.

We also wanted to share some very exciting news from the City of San Jose. The City of San Jose just released their three year paving plan this week. Included in the plan is the repaving of:

  • Santa Teresa north of Bailey this summer
-and-
  • Monterey Road north of Morgan Hill in 2021.

Both of these areas of roadway are heavily traveled by Morgan Hill residents and have been in need of serious repair for some time. Public Services Director, Chris Ghione and Councilmember Larry Carr have spent significant time outreaching with the City of San Jose to push for the prioritization of these areas in their paving plans. These two paving projects will definitely benefit our community without any resources from our General Fund. You can see the full plan on the City of San Jose's website.

The work that City teammates and councilmembers do to build relationships and outreach with other agencies in our region does make a difference for our community. This is work that the community is frequently unaware of and it often goes unnoticed. Great work Public Services Director Ghione and Councilmember Carr!


Once again, Happy New Year Morgan Hill! We look forward to your ongoing engagement in all aspects of community life and local government in 2020. Your involvement does make a difference.
Quick Links
Engage Morgan Hill is a community conversation about services, funding and priorities. It is 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.

Engage Morgan Hill Community Advisory Group (CAG) has completed several meetings and tasks since its inception earlier this year. January 2020 will start a new phase as the group's role and involvement in the upcoming budget development process expands. You can find all the information for each previous meeting on the City's web pages dedicated to Engage Morgan Hill, or sit in on any upcoming meeting.

Effective in 2020
Utility Billing

The City's utility billing rates have been updated effective January 1. For a complete list of rates, please visit the City's utility billing rate information sheet for this item.

There will also be changes made to billing cycles effective February 1, 2020. The City will synchronize billing dates for utilities to a single cycle per month. All water meters will be read on the 1st day of each month, bills will be processed and mailed by the 15th of each month, bills are, then, due by the 10th of the following month. You will see additional information included in your January and February utility bills. Contact the utility billing office for any questions.

Recent Ordinances

The City adopted an updated ordinance regarding tobacco retailers' licenses . The ordinance, adopted December 18, 2019, prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes. For existing business licenses issued or renewed prior to January 1, 2020, they have until March 31, 2020, to sell existing inventory. Any licenses issued/renewed after January 1, 2020, cannot sell at all.
Census 2020
Census 2020 - April 1 is "Census Day"

It's that time! Collected only every 10 years, census data significantly impacts a number of city, county, state and regional considerations, like congressional representation, funding, and redistricting requirements.

For an overview of what to expect, visit the City's web page dedicated to Census 2020. As early as March 12, residents can self-respond online. In addition to online, data is collected by phone, mail, or in person between March 12 - April 30.

Temporary jobs - flexible hours, weekly pay, training - are available now. Apply online or call 1-855-JOB-2020.
Meetings and Opportunities to Engage
Tuesday, January 14
Planning Commission Meeting - CANCELED

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 28.

7:00 p.m.
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Visit the commission's web page for general information.

Wednesday, January 15
City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

View this week's agenda .

Please note: January 22 meeting is cancelled.


Thursday, January 16, 2020
Below Market Rate Home Orientation

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

For more information visit the House Keys  website  or  email . HouseKeys is the below market rate program administrator for the City of Morgan Hill.

Guests must register to attend.
Save the Date
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Name and Gender Marker Change
Legal Clinic

Bay Area Legal Aid is hosting a FREE clinic to help those working on completing documents to change your name and/or gender marker.

Sunday, January 26, 2-6 p.m.
Location: Billy DeFrank LGTBQ+ Center
936 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126.

The clinic requires advance registration, and instructions to reserve a spot are listed on the event flyer in English and in Spanish
Monday, February 3, 2020
Immigration Workshop

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County presents a FREE workshop guiding participants on how to interact with ICE and the effect of receiving government assistance.

Monday, February 3, 4 p.m., Location: Gilroy Library, 350 W. 6th Street, Gilroy, CA 95020.

Additional information is available in English and in Spanish . Contact Catholic Charities for more information.
February 18, 2020
Some Voters May Need to Re-register
to Vote in March 2020 Primary

An important voting-related item may affect some Morgan Hill residents! February 18 is deadline to re-register for those who wish to vote in March 2020 presidential primary, but currently have "No Party Preference" currently listed with the Registrar of Voters.

Voters who believe they mistakenly received a notice in the mail from the Registrar of Voters indicating their options for voting in the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election as a "No Party Preference" voter may need to re-register with their party of choice. The re-registration deadline is February 18, 2020.The Registrar of Voters' Office distributed information explaining which voters may be affected and that is now on the City's website . The information includes a detailed description and contact information for any questions.
Public Project and Maintenance Updates
Partner Agency News
Office of Women's Policy Civic Engagement Mini-Grants

Round 2 of the Grant Cycle Now Open

As part of the commemoration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Women's Suffrage movement, the Santa Clara County Office of Women's Policy will offer $75,000 in mini-grants to Santa Clara County residents who want to organize their communities to promote civic engagement and participatory democracy in honor of the legacy created by the women who fought for the 19th amendment.

Find details and the link to the grant application on the Office of Women's Policy web page.

Deadline: February 28, 2020. Applications can be emailed , mailed or delivered to:

County Executive Office
c/o Office of Women's Policy
2460 N. 1st Street, Suite 220
San Jose, CA 95131

Applications are available in multiple languages.
Mike's Monthly Message
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Library's Monthly Newsletter
Learn more about what is happening at your libraries and find out about upcoming events

Valley Water Monthly Newsletter
Check out the most recent news from Valley Water District

VTA News Blog - Headways

Check out the most recent news from Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)

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: 
csd.volunteer@morganhill.ca.gov   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
Wednesdays Only
November 1 - March 31
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  mhvalueswater.com , email Environmental Services , or call 408-310-4169. Thank you for conserving water! 
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Monday - Friday

Phone: 
408-779-7271

Address
17575 Peak Ave 
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
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County Supervisor
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California State Assembly District 30: 
Robert Rivas

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