Your Morgan Hill Weekly 411
News for the Week of August 31, 2020
Happy Sunday Morgan Hill!
One week ago today approximately 1100 households in our eastern hills were evacuated due to the SCU Lightning Complex Fire, the 2nd largest fire in California's history. Many more remained on evacuation warning until this past Friday evening. Today, the majority of our community is back safely in their homes and we are no longer under evacuation warnings.

We can all breathe a sigh of relief and feel a true sense of gratitude for the efforts of everyone involved in keeping us safe: CAL FIRE, Morgan Hill Fire Department, Morgan Hill Police Department, Morgan Hill's Emergency Operations Center Team, community members and many, many more. #MorganHillStrong
A reminder that Morgan Hill is no longer under an evacuation warning. Smoke will continue to be visible for several days as CAL FIRE makes further progress.

To continue to be informed about the status of the SCU Lightning Complex Fire regular updates from CAL FIRE can be found at the SCU Lightning Complex website page or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/calfireSCU.




CAL FIRE Information Line: 916.618.3195 or 669.247.7431 (staffed 24/7)
The Air District is extending a Spare the Air Alert for wildfire smoke through Tuesday, September 1, which bans burning wood, manufactured fire logs, or any other solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors. Wildfire smoke from the numerous fires inside and outside the Bay Area will continue to cause elevated levels of smoke pollution.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has confirmed that a breeding population of oriental fruit flies has been detected in Central Morgan Hill. Per the map the City received, it looks like the point of detection was approximately the corner of Lotus and Diana. As these flies represent a serious threat to the agricultural economy, CDFA is proposing to implement a multipronged strategy to control the pests over the next several months.

CDFA’s approach will involve limited ground spraying, fruit removal, and bait traps. Only a small grouping of properties that are very close to the detection point will be subject to the ground spraying and fruit removal. CDFA will be contacting these residents directly to inform them about the planned activities and provide direction on making the right preparations in the landscape.

A much larger portion of the community, comprising nine square miles, will have bait stations placed on poles, trees, and other surfaces. These bait stations are placed six-eight feet off the ground and are only five – ten millimeters each. The bait attracts male flies to the station where they ingest the insecticide Spinosad and die. Approximately 5,400 of these tiny bait stations will be placed every two weeks for several months. Spinosad is derived from natural substances and is approved for use on organic crops.

While having a threatening pest in the community is never welcome news, the community can be thankful that this is a small infestation so far and no widespread aerial spraying is planned. A map of the treatment area is available HERE. More information on this issue is available on the CDFA website or by calling 800-491-1899.  
Stay Updated on the Coronavirus and
Local Sheltering in Place
Reaching Out to Those Who Live Alone to Reduce Isolation

Dear Neighbors,

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many of us are feeling the pressure of being separated from our families and friends. Due to this long period of social distancing, many people may be feeling isolated -- especially those who are older, have chronic health conditions, depression, or other serious conditions.

If you are able, please check on your family members, friends, and neighbors who might need extra help at this time. A personal visit (with social distancing) is the best approach and could make a world of difference for someone who is feeling helpless and alone. If distance is an issue, please contact their local law enforcement and request a well-being check, if you think someone might need assistance.  

If you or a loved one needs support for their emotional well-being, there are resources available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
•            Are you in crisis? Call the Suicide and Crisis line at: 1-855-278-4204
•            Need someone to talk with? Call the Friendship Line at 1-888-670-1360

Please do not hesitate to take action if you or someone you know needs support or assistance. Thank you for all that you are doing to support your family and community.

Stay well and be safe.
Get Tested
Santa Clara County continues to test people who have symptoms or do not have symptoms so that we can better understand how the virus is moving in our community. 
With over 50 testing sites across the county, there are many choices to meet your needs, including drive-thru, walk-up, and bike lane options.
Try out our newest site where we are testing up to 5,000 people a day at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Drive, bike, or even walk to get your free COVID-19 test. Ten lanes and enforced social distancing ensure you have the safest experience, while scheduling ahead of time means you are in and out before you know it. Make an appointment today.
For the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic in Santa Clara County, please visit https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/
Meetings and Opportunities to Engage
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Library, Culture, and Arts Commission Meeting
6:00 P.M.
 
 
The Library, Culture, and Arts Commission meeting will be live-streamed on Channel 17 and on the City’s website.
 
Those members of the public wishing to participate remotely may do so via the electronic meeting at: https://bit.ly/LCACMeeting
 
Or by calling in to: (669) 900-9128, then enter the meeting id: 874 0656 4997
 
 
Public comment for Library, Culture, and Arts Commission meetings will be accepted via email to chris.ghione@morganhill.ca.gov . Members of the public participating in the electronic meeting wishing to speak may do so during public comment
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
City Council Meeting
CANCELLED
Thursday, September 3, 2020
West Little Llagas Trail Meeting
6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

In coordination with the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s upcoming flood control project, the City of Morgan Hill is in the planning process for a future multi-use trail from Watsonville Road to Lake Silveira. This meeting will be focused on an updated design that is reduced in scope as well as update to the next steps in moving forward with the project. 

Members of the public wishing to participate remotely may do so via the electronic meeting at:

For more information regarding this project view the Project Webpage: https://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/1720/West-Little-Llagas-Creek-Trail-Extension
Public Project and Maintenance Updates

Census 2020
Canvassers to Start Knocking on Doors as Part of Community Outreach and 2020 Census Countdown

All residents are urged to be counted to ensure political representation and federal funding, especially as our region copes with the ongoing pandemic and wildfires.

County leaders and community partners held a press conference on August 27, 2020. Watch it here.
 
The 2020 Census questionnaire only takes about 10 minutes to fill out and can be completed through the end of September. It can be completed at my2020census.gov or by a toll-free call to (844) 330-2020. Whether online or via telephone, the census questionnaire is available in multiple languages, including Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
Partner Agency News


The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara is now accepting applications for service on the 2021 Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury. The deadline to submit an application for consideration for service is Friday, September 25, 2020. For more information and to submit an application click here.
Fire Response Donations
There have been many inquiries regarding donations to the fire response. Although neither the City or CAL FIRE accept donations directly, the Morgan Hill Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund can accept your donations to provide support to those people in our community who may be affected by these destructive fires. 
Grab & Go Supper Meals now available at South County locations. For more information and locations view the flyer. (English/Spanish)
 
View all services available at the Morgan Hill Library for Fall 2020. (English/Spanish)
Your Morgan Hill
City hall
Morgan Hill City Hall 
Office Hours

City of Morgan Hill offices are closed due to the County shelter-in-place order.

If you have questions or concerns during this time please call our virtual call center.
408.767.6404
Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm
Messages will be returned within 24 hours.
Elected Officials


County Supervisor
District 1: 

California State Assembly District 30: 
Robert Rivas

California State Senate District 17: 

U.S. Congressional District 19: 

City of Morgan Hill
Advisory Commissions:

City of Morgan Hill Advisory Committees: