Your Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Week of July 13, 2020
Hello Morgan Hill!

This past week was incredibly challenging...ABC was in town, restaurants were told to close their outdoor dining, fires, power outages and phone issues! We thank you Morgan Hill for your patience, support and resilience. We are all being asked to deal with so much right now, some more than others. Please make sure you have the support you need.

Thank you to our awesome Public Safety Teammates!
We wanted to provide a huge shout out to our Morgan Hill Fire Department, CAL FIRE , Morgan Hill Police Department and several other agencies that responded so quickly to ensure that our community was safe and that the Park Fire was quickly contained. Many of the same resources that fought the Park Fire were redirected to a small fire off of Railroad south of Tennant and to the Crews Fire in unincorporated Gilroy, which is still burning. At times like these we realize how incredibly important our public safety resources are and how necessary it is to have adequate funding for these services. Thank you to the brave men and women, and their families, who make our safety their top priority.

Ready For Wildfire
The events of this past week have been a sad reminder that wildfire is a serious threat to our local community. We encourage everyone to visit to learn how you can be better prepared. We all have a responsibility to be prepared.

Fire Containment, Control and Mop-up
We thought we would share a few definitions of terms you hear on reports of fires and the progress being made.
  • Containment: A fire is contained when it is surrounded on all sides by some kind of boundary but is still burning and has the potential to jump a boundary line. The boundary may be a “fire line” which is a strip of area where the vegetation has been removed to deny the fire fuel, or a river, a freeway or some other barrier which is expected to stop the fire. Hose lines from fire engines may also contribute to a fire being surrounded and contained.

  • Control: A fire is controlled when there is no further threat of it jumping a containment line. While crews continue to do mop-up work within the fire lines, the fire fight is over.

  • Mop-up: Extinguishing or removing burning material near control lines, felling snags, and trenching or moving logs to prevent rolling after an area has burned, to make a fire safe, or to reduce residual smoke.

It's Time to Prepare for Public Safety Power Shutdowns (PSPS)
PG&E has made significant progress over the past year and it appears that any PSPS should be far less impactful to Morgan Hill than in the fall of 2019. However, it is still important that everyone prepare for the possibility of being without power for a few days in a row. Please visit the Public Safety Power Shutdown website today to ensure you are signed up to receive notifications from PG&E and to understand how to be prepared.

PSPS Exercise in Our Community on July 17th
PG&E will conduct a PSPS internal exercise in our community on Friday July 17 th.
This will include the use of helicopters to patrol area overhead lines. There should be no power shut down as part of the exercise, but you will be aware of helicopters flying over Morgan Hill.

Be well and stay safe Morgan Hill!
Stay Updated on the Coronavirus and
Local Sheltering in Place
As we continue to preserve the progress we have made in case and hospitalization rates and improve our testing and tracing capability, we will be able to move toward opening even more sectors of the economy.

To get there, we need our residents to:

  • Wear a face covering. Californians are required to wear face coverings in public spaces - particularly indoors or when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Practice physical distancing. Six feet is a minimum. More is better.
  • Get tested. Visit for locations and guidance.

Visit our website for all the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic at .
Meetings and Opportunities to Engage
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Planning Commission Meeting
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
City Council Meeting
7:00 P.M.
The City Council 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:
Or by calling in to: (669) 900-9128, then enter the meeting id: 854 5142 1831 .
Public comment for City Council meetings will be accepted via email to . Members of the public participating in the electronic meeting wishing to speak may do so during public comment.  
Public Project and Maintenance Updates

Census 2020
While You Are Sheltering In Place
Take The Census Online

Using any device with an internet connection, you can visit the Census Bureau website to complete the questionnaire in your preferred language. The Census Bureau has also created a how-to video that gives step-by-step instructions to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire online.
Partner Agency News
VTA's 10-Point Plan to Strengthen Trust in Transit

VTA has introduced a 10 point plan to build the riding community's trust. They ask the riding community to do its part to get everyone riding again.

Valley Water District News

Check out the most recent news from Valley Water District's News & Virtual Events for July 2020.

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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.
Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm
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California State Assembly District 30: 
Robert Rivas

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