City of Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Week of June 24, 2018

With a heat advisory in effect for Saturday, we wanted to remind the community of Morgan Hill's Cooling Centers.  If you, or someone you know,  needs a break from the heat this weekend, both the Centennial Recreation Center and the Morgan Hill Library are places you can go to enjoy air conditioning and some cool water. Weekdays the Community and Cultural Center also serves as a cooling center. Be safe and beat the heat! Informacion en espanol.

Morgan Hill's favorite celebration of the year is less than 2 weeks away!  Make sure to check out all the wonderful Morgan Hill Freedom Fest events in celebration of the 4th of July!  From the Patriotic Sing and Street Dance on the evening of July 3rd to the grand finale fireworks display on the 4th, celebrating Independence Day Morgan Hill style can't be beat!

Speaking of fireworks...just a friendly reminder that ALL fireworks are illegal in Morgan Hill! Violators may face penalties of up to $1,000 or 6 months in jail.  Be safe and plan to visit the professional fireworks display at Fireworks on the Green at the Outdoor Sports Center.

Are You Doing The Right Thing, The Wrong Way?
Whether working to create defensible space around your home, just mowing the lawn, or pulling your dirt bike over to the side of the road, if you live in a wildland area you need to use all equipment responsibly. Lawn mowers, weed-eaters, chain saws, grinders, welders, tractors, and trimmers can all spark a wildland fire. Do your part, the right way, to keep your community fire safe. For more information on safe equipment use visit 

Make it a great week a head! We look forward to your ongoing engagement and participation in all aspects of community life and local government in Morgan Hill.

In This Issue
Morgan Hill City Hall 
Office Hours
8AM - 5PM
Monday - Friday
17575 Peak Ave 
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
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County Supervisor
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California State Assembly District 30: 

California State Senate District 17: 

U.S. Congressional District 19: 

City of Morgan Hill
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City of Morgan Hill Advisory Committees:
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County of Santa Clara
Santa Clara Valley Agencies


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June 20, 2018 Highlights
After lengthy discussion the City Council adopted a Resolution denying the appeals  for RDCS2017-0013: COCHRANE - MWEST PROP CO AND RDCS2017- 0014: MONTEREY/CENTRAL-ECA FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019/20 and reaffirming the distribution of the Residential Development Control System (RDCS) Building Allotments for Fiscal Year 2019/20.

The City Council adopted a resolution approving an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Fund 255 Housing Fund budget for the purchase of the 108,408-sf (41%) Successor Agency interest in the jointly owned Valley Transportation Authority/Successor Agency parking and transit facility located at 17295 Butterfield Blvd. up to the fair market appraised value of $2.6 million, for future development at a time when replacement parking can be required of the development and important transit operation functions considered.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 
Planning Commission Workshop
7:00 PM
City Council Chamber
West Conference Room
17555 Peak Avenue
Agenda will be available here when posted
Commission Web Page
Contact City Staff Liaison: Terry Linder or 408.778.6480
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 
Public Meeting to Discuss the Future Plans for Jackson Park
Jackson Park Gazebo
Morgan Hill

The City of Morgan Hill will host a meeting to discuss opportunities to provide input on future short term and long-term plans for Jackson Park. The purpose of the meeting is to review potential future park expansion and additional amenities.

For more information contact:
Chris Ghione

Thursday, June 28, 2018 
Summer Fun in the Park
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Galvan Park
17666 Crest Avenue
Morgan Hill

Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 4
Morgan Hill Freedom Fest
Downtown Morgan Hill & Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center

Visit the Morgan Hill Freedom Fest website for a list of all the events.
June 1 - July 31, 2018
Summer Reading Program 2018
Reading Takes Your Everywhere

For more information and to participate visit the
June 11 - August 3, 2018
Lunch at the Library
12PM - 1PM
Morgan Hill Library
660 W. Main Avenue

The 2020 Census tells the County how many people live here.
An accurate census is important because it helps provide more resources for families; including funding for schools, healthcare, libraries and services in your community.
Every ten years the Census Bureau does a count of the population, and as a part of it mails every family a form. To get ready for the 2020 Census and make sure everybody gets counted, volunteers will be walking through neighborhoods between May and July to check addresses.
Volunteers will NOT knock on your door or collect any names or personal information. Census information is NEVER shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

For more information: 
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: 

CAL FIRE Suspends Burn Permits in Santa Clara County, Alameda, Contra Costa Counties and the Western portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties
After another wet winter, warming temperatures and winds are quickly drying out the abundant annual grass crop. The increasing fire danger posed by the high volume of dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa and the western portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. This suspension takes effect June 18, 2018 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves.
"This year is turning out to be just as volatile as last year. The public cannot let their guard down and must continue to be involved in preparation efforts for the upcoming wildfires," said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. "Again, this year the abundant dead grass will only serve as a fuse to the heavier vegetation still suffering the lasting effects of over five years of drought."
Santa Clara Unit Chief Derek J. Witmer would like to remind everyone "All residents need to be "Ready" by maintaining 100 feet of Defensible Space around their home by removing all dead or dying grass and brush."
Since January 1, 2018 CAL FIRE and firefighters across the state have already responded to over 1,860 wildfires. While outdoor burning of landscape debris by homeowners is no longer allowed, CAL FIRE is asking residents to take that extra time to ensure that they are prepared for wildfires by maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of Defensible Space around every home and building on their property and being prepared to evacuate if the time comes.
The department may issue restricted temporary burning permits if there is an essential reason due to public health and safety. Agriculture, land management, fire training, and other industrial-type burning may proceed if a CAL FIRE official inspects the burn site and issues a special permit.
The suspension of burn permits for residential landscape debris does not apply to campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property. Campfires may be permitted if the campfire is maintained in such a manner as to prevent its spread to the wildland. A campfire permit can be obtained at local fire stations or online at .

June 2018 VTA Connections Newsletter

Stay in the know about  transportation in Silicon Valley.  Click here to view the VTA's newsletter for June 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 #15: Positive Peer Influence

Tips to Help You Implement Asset #15: Positive Peer Influence
Encourage your child to keep responsible friendships:
  • Talk with your child about her or his friends. Ask questions to find out what they're like.
  • Get to know your child's friends and their families. Point out what you like about them.
  • Don't jump to conclusions based on what friends look like.
  • Avoid criticizing friendships that seem negative to you, but be honest when you're concerned about a relationship.
  • Make your child's friends welcome in your home. Invite them over.
  • Think about your own friends. Do they model responsible behavior?
  • Let your child know when you think he or she has a good friend. 
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