City of Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Week of July 22, 2018
At the City Council meeting this past Wednesday the City Council approved placing three ballot measures on the November 2018 Ballot:  an increase to the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), a cannabis tax, and a measure to change the City Clerk and City Treasurer position from elected to appointed positions.  Look for further information under recent council actions below.  

We continue to encourage you to learn what you can do to reduce drowning accidents this summer. Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates, and most often these children drowned in home swimming pools. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for young children. Learn what you can do to reduce fatal and nonfatal drownings.

The community is invited to join in the fun this Thursday, July 26 at 8:00PM at Galvan Park for a free  outdoor movie night.  Enjoy "Coco" under the stars.  We hope to see you there.

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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City Council Meeting July 18, 2018
Agenda Item #15
The City Council approved placing a Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) increase of 1% on the November 2018 ballot and also provided direction to staff to move forward in working with the hotels to complete the steps necessary to establish a Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) at 1.5%.

Agenda Item #16
The City Council approved the ballot measure for appointive City Clerk and City Treasurer.

Agenda Item #17
The City Council approved placing a cannabis business tax on the November 2018 ballot.  This does not represent a decision by the City Council to allow cannabis related businesses in Morgan Hill.  The City Council will consider whether to allow cannabis related businesses in Morgan Hill after the November 2018 election results are in.

Agenda Item #18
The City Council adopted an Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO) establishing a requirement for a minimum of 15% affordable housing units in all housing projects citywide, consistent with discussions with the Council, Planning Commission, and the Development Community regarding the new and changing State housing legislation, including rules for performance and accountability (the Housing Accountability Act), the City's assigned Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Goals performance, and the relationship to the intricacies of the Residential Development Control System (RDCS), Measure "S".

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Planning Commission Meeting
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue

Contact City Staff Liaison  Terry Linder for questions or comments related to the Planning Commission.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
City Council Meeting
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue

All residents and interested parties are encouraged to attend and participate at Morgan Hill City Council meetings. The meetings provide an important opportunity to engage and stay informed. 

Complete City Council Agenda for July 25, 2018 

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We hope to see you at the City Council meeting on Wednesday

Thursday, July 25, 2018
Summer Fun in the Park Movie Night, "Coco"
Galvan Park
17666 Crest Avenue

Join us for a summer evening movie at Galvan Park featuring "Coco".  The whole family will enjoy this heartwarming movie and the fun experience of watching  a movie together in the park.
June 11 - August 3, 2018
Lunch at the Library
12PM - 1PM
Morgan Hill Library
660 W. Main Avenue

Tuesday, July 31 2018
Public Informational Meeting on the Reconfiguration of Nordstrom Park to Support an Enhanced School Drop-off Area
Nordstrom Park
East Dunne Avenue @ Murphy

The City of Morgan Hill will host meetings to discuss the reconfiguration of Nordstrom Park to support an enhanced School Drop-off area. The purpose of these meetings is to specifically review this proposed future change to the park. 

Meeting Dates/Times: 
Tuesday, Juy 31, 2018
6:00 PM 
Nordstrom Park 
E. Dunne @ Murphy Avenue

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting 
7:00 PM
Morgan Hill City Council Chambers 
17555 Peak Avenue 

For more information contact  Chris Ghione 408.782.9154  or  visit the City  Website .

Tuesday,  August 7, 2018
National Night Out
5:30PM - 8:00PM
Depot Street by Railroad Park


It's more important than ever to put only the right stuff into your recycling cart here in Morgan Hill! And it's equally important to keep out the things that can't be recycled.

Learn how to Recycle Right in Morgan Hill!

Mariah Dabel, 
Community Services Supervisor
Please join us in congratulating Mariah Dabel on her recent appointment to the Community Services Supervisor position. Mariah comes to us from the City of Cupertino, where she worked as the Recreation Manager. Some of Mariah's hobbies include hiking, going to San Jose Earthquakes games, and spending time with her husband Miguel and her two children Matías and Maya. Her favorite television show is Parks & Recreation and her favorite movie is The Royal Tenenbaums. She said she chose Morgan Hill for "the location near family, the people, the opportunity to learn and grow, and the outstanding recreation facilities and service". Congratulations, Mariah!

Ericka Davis, 
Accounting Assistant II
Please join us in congratulating Ericka Davis on her recent appointment to the Accounting Assistant II position. Previously, Ericka worked at Lassal, Inc. as the Accounting Manager before coming to Morgan Hill. Ericka likes to spend time with her husband, three kids, and a dog. They enjoy traveling, eating at La Hacienda, and going to sporting events. She also enjoys going to the movies, especially Will Farrell movies (Old School is her favorite). She lives locally and says the reason she chose Morgan Hill was "she feels so fortunate to have this opportunity to work so close to home and in such a great environment". Congratulations, Ericka!
Jose Garcia Gomez, 
Recreation Services Coordinator

Jose Garcia Gomez, 
Recreation Services Coordinator
Please join us in congratulating Jose Garcia Gomez on his recent appointment to the Recreation Services Coordinator position. Jose comes to us from the City of Milpitas, where he worked as a Facilities Assistant. He enjoys Olympic weight lifting, hiking, video games, boot camps, and is a big Raiders and Lakers fan. He also enjoys watching superhero TV shows and movies, Parks and Recreation, and the Korean variety show Running Man. When asked why he chose Morgan Hill, Jose said "Morgan Hill is one of the few communities where the majority of residents are engaged in city events, affairs, and community development". Congratulations, Jose!
Have you ever wanted to know more about how your Police Department works? Interested in learning how our officers conduct an investigation? How does our CSI team process a crime scene? What is the difference between a patrol officer and a detective? What equipment is used to train officers to respond to a crisis situation in the field?

If the answer is  YES , then the MHPD Citizens Police Academy is for you! We are accepting applications for the fall session!

The Academy starts on Thursday August 23 and meets each Thursday at 6:30pm through November 15. Sessions meet at the Police Department

Priority is given to Morgan Hill residents and each applicant is required to consent to a criminal background investigations check.

To learn more and/or complete an online application,  click here

For questions, please contact Corporal Scott Purvis via  email

Visit for more information.  Click here to view a list of FAQ's that you may find helpful.  Customers can report water waste  online  or by calling the Water Waste Hotline at 408.310.4195
For questions, comments or concerns, please contact Andi Borowski or call 408.310.4169

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: 

Magical Bridge Survey

We hope you can provide our friends at Magical Bridge Foundation with your opinion about Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto and playgrounds in general. Your valuable feedback will ensure Magical Bridge Foundation extends their work in ways most impactful to you and your family -- and they will use this important data when designing and building our Magical Bridge Playground in Morgan Hill.

This should take no more than 7 minutes to complete.

*This survey is meant to be  taken by anyone who has visited Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto.

The data being collected will be made available in summary form on the Magical Bridge website and Facebook page towards the end of this year. They look forward to sharing this with you with their kindest thanks.
Please feel free to share this link with others who visit Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto.

July 2018 VTA Connections Newsletter

Stay in the know about  transportation in Silicon Valley.  Click here  to view the VTA's newsletter for July 2018!
Santa Clara Valley Water District News: June 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 June 2018!
Santa Clara Valley Water District: Landscape Rebate Program
The Santa Clara Valley Water District has funds available and is offering Morgan Hill utility customers rebates up to $3,000 for replacing high water using plants with approved low water using plants, mulch, and/or permeable hardscape or for an irrigation equipment upgrade. Commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-family properties can receive rebates up to $30,000 ($3,000 for multi-family).  Pre-approval is required, please call 408.630.2554 for  details and an application or click here to get started. Get paid to save money and water year after year!
Asset #27:  Equality and Social Justice

Tips to Help You Implement Asset #27: Equality and Social Justice
  • Discuss with your youth and give your opinion about different equality and social justice topics such as: racial, gender, disability, sexual orientation, class and age discrimination, poverty, hunger, or human rights.
  • Promote tolerance and acceptance.
  • Advocate for people with disability.
  • Support candidates who take a stand on equality and social justice.
  • Let your words and actions show that you care about those who suffer.
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