City of Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Week of January 27, 2019
Happy Weekend Morgan Hill!

Your City Council and City Leadership Team have just completed two full and productive days
at the Annual City Council Goal Setting Workshop.  The entire workshop was streamed live, broadcast on Channel 17 and videoed.  The videos will be available online early this week.  Look for more information to come on the updated priorities for the next two years. 

This past week Mayor Rich Constantine sent a letter to  Attorney General Becerra urging the Attorney General to cease actions that would block the sale of St. Louise Regional Hospital and De Paul Health Center to the County of Santa Clara.  The City of Morgan Hill considers both facilities to be critical for continued access to necessary healthcare services in our community and the greater South County.

This Tuesday, January 29, volunteers with the 2019 Homeless Point-In-Time Census and Survey will be in Morgan Hill from 4:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. attempting to capture an accurate count of the homeless in Morgan Hill.  Volunteer opportunities may still be available if you are interested in assisting. Please find more information in the body of this email.

Register today for the Emergency Preparedness Seminar on February 11, 2019.  This is a free seminar open to all Morgan Hill residents.  Please look under  "Save the Date" for more information.

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
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California State Assembly District 30: 
Robert Rivas

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The City of Morgan Hill is recruiting to fill 2 current vacancies on the Planning Commission and 4 upcoming vacancies on the Library, Culture & Arts Commission  

Applications are being accepted until Friday, February 8, 2019 with tentative interview dates before the City Council on February 20, 2019 at 6 p.m.  

Applications are being accepted until Friday, February 22, 2019 with tentative interview dates before the City Council on March 6, 2018 at 6 p.m.  

  Tuesday, January 29, 2019
2019 Point-in-time Homeless Census and Survey 
4:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Throughout Morgan Hill

The 2019 Point-in-Time Homeless Census and Survey will take place in Morgan Hill on Tuesday, January 29th from 4:30am - 10:00am, and we are looking for volunteers to help count!

What is the Point-in-Time Count?

All jurisdictions receiving federal funding to provide housing and services for homeless populations through McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grant are required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to conduct a biennial Point-in-Time count of unsheltered and sheltered homeless individuals and families. The count must happen within the last ten days of January and all data must be tied to one night.

Why does the Point-in-Time Count matter?

Point-in-Time Count data are the primary data used for federal funding allocations and national estimates of homelessness. The numbers reported by your community are used by the US Interagency Council on Homelessness and all federal departments including Housing and Education. PIT Count numbers are also most often cited by local strategic plans, state, county and city government and the media.

Register to Volunteer
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Seniors' Agenda Network Summit
Envisioning an Age-Friendly Santa Clara County 3.0
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center
17000 Monterey Road

The changes facing Santa Clara County -- whereby 2030 one in four will be 60 years or older -- is the topic of the Seniors' Agenda Network Summit.

Twice a year, the Seniors' Agenda Network Summit brings together nearly 200 professionals, aging advocates, and elected officials to actively engage in meaningful learnings to strengthen our community for older adults.
"Envisioning an Age-Friendly Santa Clara County 3.0" is the topic and will be presented by the keynote speaker Don Weden. Weden is a retired Principal Planner for the Comprehensive Planning Section of the Santa Clara County Planning Office.
"We are pleased to have Don speaking at the summit," said Jim Ramoni, Director of Aging Services, "Drawing on his 34 years with Santa Clara County Planning, which includes managing the last comprehensive revision of the County's General Plan, he has a wealth of information and insights on how to make our community more age friendly."
Ramoni added that Weden encourages local communities to prepare for the significant changes, challenges, and opportunities that will be coming our way in the years ahead - and that will greatly impact our lives and those of our children and future generations."
Register for this free event:
Santa Clara County and all of its fifteen cities have achieved their common goal to become recognized by the World Health Organization as Age-Friendly - the first county in the country to do so.

Saturday, February 2, 2019
Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Workshop 
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Almaden Winery Community Center
5730 Chambertin Drive
San Jose, CA 95118

Housing Trust Silicon Valley's Small Homes, Big Impact Program is hosting another Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) workshop!

ADUs are secondary units to the primary single-family home on a lot. They are a great option to provide housing to family members like aging parents and adult children as well as friends to help they stay in this high-cost area. It also provides an opportunity for homeowners to create wealth.

This is a FREE event where a panel of experts will answer the following five questions for you:

  • Can I build an ADU on my site?

  • How do I get an ADU permitted?

  • How do I put a team together to design and manage construction?

  • How do I pay for the ADU?

  • I'm a landlord, now what?

 Learn more about the program and register

  Saturday, February 2, 2019
Amateur Radio Licensing and Testing
8:00am-4:00pm: Tech/General class
1:00pm-3:00pm: Testing all Levels
Training room, Morgan Hill Police Dept.
16200 Vineyard Blvd
There will be a Ham Cram and Exam opportunity on February 2nd, 2019 in Morgan Hill. It will be held at the Morgan Hill Police Department Training Room.

This is the class for the Technician or General level license followed by the test. A test-only option is also available for all levels: Technician, General or Amateur Extra.

Please see the flyer for details.
  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



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: 


Empower Homebuyers SCC

We wanted to share the exciting news that the County's down payment assistance program for first-time homebuyers, Empower Homebuyers SCC, has launched! Empower Homebuyers SCC was created with the goal of
bringing the dream of home ownership within the reach of middle-class families. Information about the program is available  at the link below.

Empower Homebuyers SCC
  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

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

VTA Connections Newsletter

Valley Transportation Authority.  
Solutions that move you. 
Santa Clara Valley Water District News: December 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 December 2018!  


Tips to Help You Implement Asset #7: Community Values Youth
  • Help youth in your community feel valued by building relationship with them through volunteering, tutoring, baby-sitting and just being friendly. 
  • Encourage your youth to get involved in community service activities and programs.
  • Attend a family community event together, such as: an outdoor concert, library events & programs, attend the FREE Morgan Hill Values Youth Event on Saturday, January 26 at the CCC from 8:30am - 12:00pm.
  • Show that you value people who work with youth, and thank them for the work they do.
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