Your Morgan Hill Weekly 411
News for the Week of January 25, 2021  
Hello Morgan Hill! 

Much needed rain has arrived and is predicted to continue through the week ahead. We definitely need the rain, but it can also create flooding issues if our storm drains are clogged with leaves and debris. While the City makes every effort to maintain storm drains, we do not have the manpower to check on every drain before every storm. We need everyone's help.

A fun family activity is to check the storm drains on your block or street in between the storms. Put on some gloves, grab a bag and bring a rake or a shovel and do your part to prevent flooding on your street by clearing leaves and debris from your street's storm drains. Your neighbors will thank you and might even join in your efforts. When we all work together our entire community benefits.
An Increase in Commercial Burglary

The Morgan Hill Police Department wants the community to be aware that we have seen an 270% increase, as compared to the same time last year, in commercial burglaries targeting two specific areas.

First, the Monterey Road business corridor has seen a significant increase in thefts. Suspects are smashing business glass windows and doors and stealing the cash registers. The second area targeted has been construction and storage containers located at job sites or sporting venues. Suspects are gaining entry and stealing construction equipment and landscaping tools. The data indicates most of the burglaries are occurring on Wednesdays between the hours of 11 pm and 1 am.

The Morgan Hill Police Department believes the best way to fight crime is in partnership with our community so please continue to report suspicious activity without delay.

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 408-779-2101

Magical Bridge Project Update

The all-inclusive Magical Bridge Playground construction is well underway, and hoping to be completed by summer!
Public Services Director, Chris Ghione, gives an update on the progress in the video below.
Stay Updated on the Coronavirus and
Local Sheltering in Place
Santa Clara County Isolation & Quarantine Support Program
Santa Clara County Vaccine Information
Get Tested in Morgan Hill - New Location
Meetings and Opportunities to Engage
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Platicando con el Condado (In Spanish with English Interpreting)
2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Sintonízese en
Facebook: @sccsaludpublica
YouTube: SCCPublicHealth
Telefono: 1 669 900 6833 Codigo: 971 3088 1213
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Free COVID-19 Testing
Council Chamber Building
9:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
  
Testing will be by appointment only. This testing site is not designed to test individuals with symptoms of COVID-19. Individuals with symptoms should contact their healthcare provider for evaluation and testing. 
 
To make an appointment:
 
Once all appointments are filled, this location will no longer appear for scheduling on the website.  You can schedule from your phone or from a computer using a web browser other than Internet Explorer. 
 
We invite you to visit sccfreetest.org for additional testing locations.
Planning Commission Meeting
7:00 P.M.
 
 
The Planning 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/PlanningCommissionMtg or by calling in to: (669) 900-9128, then enter the meeting id: 862 0324 6251
 
Public comment for this meeting will be accepted via email to pcpubliccomment@morganhill.ca.gov. Members of the public participating in the electronic meeting wishing to speak may do so during public comment.  
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
City Council Meeting
CANCELLED
San Martin Planning Advisory Committee (SMPAC) 
6:00 P.M.


Eric Petersen, Director of Roads and Airports will be giving a report on the airports and a Valley Water representative will be giving an update on the Anderson Dam project.

Community members can join the virtual meeting at
https://sccgov-org.zoom.us/j/92623337898 (recommended)

or by calling in to (669) 219-2599, meeting ID 92623337898# (participant ID not required).
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Virtual Town Hall - COVID-19 Update
with the City of Gilroy and the County
5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

 
Please join us for our Virtual Community Town Hall for an update on COVID-19, current stay home orders, testing and the latest information on vaccinations. A representative from the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department will join us along with our neighbors from the City of Gilroy and San Martin.

Community members can join the virtual meeting by using the following link: bit.ly/Communitytownhall
 
Or Telephone: 1-669-900-9128 enter Webinar ID: 828 0731 9295
 
This virtual town hall meeting will also be streamed live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/morganhillengage/
Friday & Saturday, January 29-30, 2021
City Council Annual Goal Setting Workshop
(2 days)
Friday, January 29 @ 1:00 P.M.
Saturday, January 30 @ 9:00 A.M.


Those members of the community that would like to participate in the meeting remotely may do so by joining the virtual meeting at: https://bit.ly/MHCityCouncilMeeting

or by calling in to: (669) 900-9128, then enter the webinar id: 841 4277 4329#.

Public comment may be provided in the following ways:
  • Join the virtual City Council meeting via the link above, when public comment is opened, raise your virtual hard and be called upon to speak for up to 3 minutes
  • Join the virtual meeting by calling in to the number above, dial *9 to raise your hand and be called upon to speak for up to 3 minutes
  • Send public comments in writing to the City Clerk at ccpubliccomment@morganhill.ca.gov

This City Council Workshop will be live streamed on Channel 17, on the City’s website and on the City’s Facebook* page.

* Please note that comments made on Facebook are not considered public comment.
Public Project and Maintenance Updates

Partner Agency News
COVID-19 Health Equity Pilot Projects Request for Applications (RFA)

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Office of Health Equity (OHE) will be administering $5M from the Centers for Disease and Control Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Grant (totaling $499M) to 16-30 community based organizations led by and serving communities facing inequities in COVID-19 impacts and infection. This funding is intended to advance the State’s work to close racial, ethnic, and other disparities related to COVID-19 and associated chronic conditions. Community-Based Organizations will use the funding for pilot projects to reduce underlying inequities in the social determinants of health that have contributed to disproportionate harm from the Coronavirus among certain communities.

The COVID-19 Health Equity Pilot Projects RFA is now live on the Office of Health Equity (OHE) RFA Webpage and the Grant Portal Webpage

 
SV Clean Energy Publishes 2021 Electric Generation Rates

New electric generation rates for Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) took effect on January 14, 2021. SVCE’s 2021 generation rates have been reduced significantly, offsetting a major increase in PG&E’s Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) fee. View information HERE.

SV Clean Energy Board Approves $6M for Building Decarbonization
Joint Action Plan

The Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) Board of Directors adopted the Building Decarbonization Joint Action Plan, which defines a set of prioritized actions for the agency and its members to reduce carbon pollution from buildings. The Plan includes a $6 million budget to be dispersed over three years through a set of building electrification programs and initiatives. View full article HERE.

Darren Dean Vocational Education Grant

The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill is offering financial aid to Adults, age 17+, who live in the Morgan Hill Unified School District boundaries.
The Darren Dean Vocational Education Grant supports people who want experience and knowledge in skilled labor, such as the construction trades. Due date is March 15, 2021. See the attached flyer for additional information.
For the application and more information, visit https://www.morganhillrotary.org/deangrant
SCCLD Goes Fine Free in 2021

The Santa Clara County Library District is happy to announce the elimination of late fines for all SCCLD materials. Existing fines will also be forgiven, so patrons may start the New Year with a clean slate.

Please see the news release HERE for additional details. 

Virtual Events for Teens

The SCCLD is offering virtual events for teens. View the flyers below for details.

Homework Help Available

The library is offering free online live tutoring to students. The students meet twice a week online in small groups (8 children max. per group), with a tutor and other students in the same grade range. This is a fantastic opportunity for students that would like extra academic support. For more detail view the flyers (Spanish/English)
MHUSD Virtual Drop-in Support for Students

Virtual "Drop-in" mental health support is available for MHUSD students.

Motivational Mondays are held the 1st Monday of every month from 9:00am-10:00am.

Wellness Wednesdays are held the 1st Wednesday of every month from 1:00pm-2:00pm

View the flyer for information on how to join either session.
VTA News
 
VTA operates essential service during Stay-At-Home Order
Check out the most recent news from Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)
 
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Morgan Hill City Hall 
Office Hours

City of Morgan Hill offices are closed due to the current State Stay Home 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.
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