City of Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Week of June 3, 2018

Happy Summer Morgan Hill!  The Dennis Kennedy Aquatics Center is open for the summer season.  The Friday Night Music Series had its kick-off this past Friday evening. Downtown Splash opens daily beginning Monday.   Morgan Hill summer camps will begin later this month.  Last, but certainly not least, school will be out for the majority of Morgan Hill students this Friday!  Enjoy this beautiful time of year! 

The week ahead is filled with many opportunities to engage and stay informed about important issues locally and regionally.  Please see the body of the email for all the details.  Most importantly remember to VOTE, Tuesday, June 5th. 

Additionally, Wednesday, June 6th is the budget hearing  (the community's final opportunity to provide comment on the recommended budget) and the budget adoption of the  Fiscal Years 2018-19 and 2019-20 City of Morgan Hill Recommended Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program .                       

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.
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Morgan Hill City Hall 
Office Hours
8AM - 5PM
Monday - Friday
17575 Peak Ave 
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Elected Officials

County Supervisor
District 1: 

California State Assembly District 30: 

California State Senate District 17: 

U.S. Congressional District 19: 

City of Morgan Hill
Advisory Commissions:

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


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May 16, 2018 Highlights:
The City Council directed staff to return with a draft ordinance for the City Council to review and then use the draft ordinance as the basis for dialogue with the community before returning with an ordinance for the City Council to adopt.

The City Council directed staff to move forward with developing ballot language for a cannabis tax and an increase to the transient occupancy tax (TOT)  for the November 2018 ballot.  Council also directed staff to continue working on the potential establishment of a Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID)

Monday, June 4, 2018 
Updates On Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Community And Cultural Center - Hiram Room
17000 Monterey Rd
Please join us for a public meeting on updates of the Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project. Santa Clara Valley Water District staff will share an overview of the project and provide details on the project status, including schedule information and next steps.

Event details: 
Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project Community Update Meeting Monday, June 4, 2018 
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 
Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center, Hiram Room, 17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 

RSVP: Send an e-mail to  

If you are unable to attend the meeting, join us on Facebook Live:   

Project Update: 
The Santa Clara Valley Water District is moving forward on the project design for the Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project. The design work thus far has been undergoing a series of independent reviews to ensure best outcomes. SCVWD is working to complete a draft Environmental Impact Report for public review by summer 2018. The Anderson Dam project is one of our largest capital projects to date, and is a critical public safety project. SCVWD is committed to ensuring the best design for maximum protection, and are aiming to break ground in 2020. 

For more information, please visit:
Monday, June 4, 2018 
The Coyote Highlands - Coyote Canyon Planning Process Public Input Meeting
6:30PM - 8:30PM
Morgan Hill Community And Cultural Center
17000 Monterey Road
Coyote Highlands - Coyote Canyon Planning Process 

Community Meeting 
Monday, June 4th 
6:30PM - 8:00PM 
Morgan Hill Community Center, Madrone Room 

The County is developing a plan for multi-use trail access into the newly acquired Coyote Highlands - Coyote Canyon property. 

Learn & Share! 
  • Get up to date on the planning process
  • Review natural resources within the property 
  • Comment on trail alignment options 
  • Hear the next steps and timeline for completion 
  • Ask questions 
Project Planner: Cherise Orange
Contact:, 408.335.2228

For more information, please visit: 
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 
7:00AM - 8:00PM

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 
Planning Commission Workshop
City Hall - Grand 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
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 
Library, Culture, And Arts Commission
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue
Agenda will be available here when posted
Commission Web Page
Contact City Staff Liaison: Chris Ghione or 408.782.9154
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 
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 June 6, 2018
Agenda Item Preview:

We encourage you to  sign up to be notified when City Council agendas are posted. You will be automatically emailed with a direct link to the full agenda. Additionally, you be notified of any supplements added after the agenda has been posted.

We hope to see you at the City Council meeting on Wednesday.
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
MAY 5, 2018
Approximately every two months , Morgan Hill's Mayor, Steve Tate, hosts a coffee that is open to the entire Morgan Hill community.  The coffees provide an opportunity for community members to have a discussion and share concerns and ideas with the Mayor and his guest, all in a comfortable and informal environment.
The following is a summary of items and question discussed at the most recent coffee with further follow-up information from City Teammates as appropriate.
The City of Morgan Hill has a long history of leadership in ensuring that water is used efficiently. Water is always a precious resource in Morgan Hill and with this in mind, irrigation is limited to a maximum of three days per week beginning Sunday, April 1st as follows:
  • Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for odd numbered addresses
  • Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays for even numbered addresses
  • No watering on Wednesdays
  • Irrigation is allowed before 9AM or after 7PM
  • Watering is limited to no more than 15 minutes per station 
In addition, the following also apply:
  • Restrictions cover all potable water in the Morgan Hill City limits, including water from private wells.
  • The washing of vehicles is allowed with the use of a hand-held bucket or similar container or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device.
  • Pools are allowed to be filled.
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: 

May 2018 VTA Connections Newsletter
Stay in the know about  transportation in Silicon Valley.  Click here to view the VTA's newsletter for May 2018!
Santa Clara Valley Water District News: May 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 May 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!
Silicon Valley Clean Energy

Silicon Valley Clean Energy has a lot of resources available for you to learn more and make an informed decision about your new electricity choices:
For more information about our new community-owned electricity provider, please visit, or email
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
Sustainable Morgan Hill Vision
Morgan Hill is a safe, inclusive, socially responsible, environmentally conscious, and economically sound community.

Ongoing Priorities
The City Council is committed to providing high quality and sustainable services to the entire Morgan Hill community. Fundamental to the City Council's success are the ongoing priorities of: 
  • Enhancing Public Safety
  • Protecting the Environment
  • Maintaining Fiscal Responsibility
  • Supporting Our Youth, Seniors, and Entire Community
  • Fostering a Positive Organizational Culture
  • Preserving and Cultivating Public Trust
  • Preserving Our Cultural Heritage
  • Enhancing Diversity and Inclusiveness 
2018 Strategic Priorities
In addition to the City Council's priorities, 5 strategic priorities were identified by the Council that will require significant resources in 2018:
  • Community Engagement and Messaging 
  • Financial Stewardship 
  • Infrastructure
  • Regional Initiatives
  • Economic Development and Telecommunications
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