Your Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Week of June 29, 2020
Happy 4th of July Week Morgan Hill!
While this years 4th of July festivities may be out of the norm, we still have the opportunity to spend this day celebrating America the beautiful, land of the free and home of the brave.

Morgan Hill Freedom Fest is excited to bring you the 4th of July Celebration direct to your homes this year. It all starts with a broadcast of the the Patriotic Singers on July 3rd at
6 p.m. Then it moves into the grand celebration on July 4th. At 10 a.m. on the 4th, Morgan Hill Freedom Fest will bring you a full live celebration of our Independence Day. It will include over 200 horses, 300 band members and singers, a dozen classic cars, two dozen marching groups, floats and special messages from essential workers. They are thrilled to have special performances by American Idol Finalist straight from Morgan Hill. All of this culminates with the fireworks. This show will be broadcast on Public Access TV as well as on Facebook and YouTube Live. The direct URLs will be posted on MorganHillFreedomFest.com .

Morgan Hill Freedom Fest can’t wait for you to experience this celebration in the comfort of your homes on July 4th.

 We all enjoy the 4th of July holiday! Unfortunately, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, our holiday weekend will be a little different this year. We are encouraging everyone to have fun and enjoy your time with your family but also remember to practice social distancing and wear a mask when you are out in public. It is all our responsibility to do our best to stop the spread of the virus and reduce the curve.

We also love our open spaces, our homes, our pets, and our first responders. Fireworks have resulted in brush fires, damaged homes, missing pets, and unnecessary injuries.
Our surrounding hills are very dry, and every illegal firework poses a significant threat to the safety of our beautiful community.

Illegally obtained fireworks and “Safe and Sane” fireworks purchased legally elsewhere are still ILLEGAL in the City of Morgan Hill. Morgan Hill Police and Fire have adopted a “zero tolerance” policy for illegal fireworks and will be actively patrolling on and around the 4th for violations. The use and or possession of illegal fireworks will result in the following fines.

Between July 1-7 and between December 30-January 2 each year FINES WILL TRIPLE...................
1st violation is $300, 2nd violation is $600, and 3rd violation is $1,500.

Reference sections of the Morgan Hill Municipal Code:
8.32.010 - Sale or possession of fireworks is prohibited.
8.32.030 - Violation of this section is a misdemeanor

Anyone with questions or concerns regarding this can contact Sgt. Bill Norman at (669) 253-4982 or email at bill.norman@morganhill.ca.gov .
Morgan Hill Affordable Housing Program
New Rental Apartments at Morgan Ranch in Morgan Hill

Enter Drawing : by registering at www.myhousekeys.com, request an Application I.D. and access the Program Center. 

Important Dates:
Deadline to Enter Opportunity For Index #’s 134 - 137 : 06/30/2020 by 5pm
Deadline to Enter Opportunity For Index #’s 138 - 139 : 07/07/2020 by 5pm 

Virtual Town Halls
Since the beginning of the Shelter-In-Place Orders we have been holding weekly virtual town halls on Thursdays evenings from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. This has provided the community an opportunity to engage with our entire City Leadership Team and several guests from the County. These have been well attended and many good discussions have taken place from COVID-19 impacts, Shelter-in-Place, City budget, High Speed Rail, to Morgan Hill Police Department operations and many others.

Moving forward into the month of July we will continue to hold the virtual town halls on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, rather than weekly. We will continue to monitor attendance and input from the community to evaluate how much longer to continue these. We hope to see you at our next virtual town hall on Thursday, July 9 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Stay Updated on the Coronavirus and
Local Sheltering in Place
CVS Has Opened a Testing Site in
Morgan Hill

CVS has opened a new testing site in our community. Thank you to CVSHealth for bringing COVID19 testing to our community. Testing is critical to managing the spread of the virus and finding a path to safely reopen the economy. More information and appointments are available here: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing
 
New CVS drive-thru in Morgan Hill is located at:
  
16995 Walnut Grove Drive
Morgan Hill,   CA 95037

Please continue to check the CVS Health website https://cvshealth.com/covid-19 for frequent updates and do not hesitate to reach out to us as needed.

New County Health Order Anticipated Next Week
As of June 18th, Californians are now required to wear face coverings in public spaces - particularly indoors or when physical distancing is not possible.

***As with previous orders, the stricter of the two orders applies locally. In this case, the state order is more strict than the Santa Clara County Public Health Order. ***

In these tough times, it may be hard enough to care for ourselves, let alone worry about our beloved pets. Hope for the Animals Int. and Kids Animal Rescue started an urgent effort to help people who are considering having to give up their pets due to job loss or financial hardship from the Covid-19.

For information or to donate dog or cat food, please s ee the flyer. View in Spanish .
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 sccfreetest.org for locations and guidance.

Visit our website for all the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic at www.morganhill.ca.gov/covid19 .
Meetings and Opportunities to Engage
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Trammell Crow Morgan Hill Technology & Residential Mixed- Use Project Draft EIR Community Open House
7:00 P.M.
 
 
The City of Morgan Hill invites you to participate in a community open house to submit verbal comments on the Trammell Crown Morgan Hill Technology & Residential Mixed-Use Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The project is also referred as EA2019-0009, GPA2019-0002, and ZA2019-0005: De Paul – TC Morgan Hill Ventures.


Members of the public wishing to participate remotely may do so via the electronic meeting at: https://bit.ly/DePaulTC-EIRCommunityMeeting  
or by calling in to: 1-669-900-9128 then enter the meeting id: 891 5582 5963#
 
During this open house, there will be a brief introduction on the EIR process and then the public will have an opportunity to verbally comment on the Draft EIR via Zoom.    Please note, this meeting is not a discussion or evaluation of the project itself, but an opportunity to submit comments without writing a letter or email.    If you would like to submit written comments via the website, please   use this link  .
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
City Council Meeting
7:00 P.M.
CANCELLED


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.
Stay Active and Healthy
While Sheltering in Place
Morgan Hill Skate Park Opens Monday, July 6, 2020

Open Daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Closed on holidays that the CRC is closed.

Social Distancing Protocols  must be followed while using the Park.
Morgan Hill Summer Camps

Exciting news! Registration is now open for a limited number of partial-day Morgan Hill Summer Camps for kids ages 7 -12.

Camp registration will close the Wednesday before camp start date, so be sure to register early!

Space is limited so visit our website today to learn more and to register.


The redesigned camp offerings follow CDC and Santa Clara County Public Health Department guidelines and protocols:
  • Camps will be held in small, stable groups of no more than 12 participants.
  • Social distancing requirements will be in place.
  • Parents will be asked to screen children daily before camp and follow special check-in and check-out procedures.
  • At each facility or park where camps are held, increased cleaning and sanitation measures will be in place.
Instructions will be sent to each registered family before camp begins.
CRC Virtual Membership
The City of Morgan Hill is committed to supporting our community’s health and wellness in partnership with the YMCA at the Centennial Recreation Center (CRC). To provide classes and resources to members during this challenging time, the CRC has launched a Virtual Membership. This virtual platform includes member-only access to on-demand classes taught by CRC instructors, written workouts, a private Facebook group with live classes, at home wellness sessions, and more!

If you’re a CRC member, you should have received an email with the password for the member-only content.

If you’re not a member, you’re invited to participate by clicking the “Become a Member” tab on the website at www.mhcrcmembers.com . There is no charge to access the virtual membership during the coronavirus (Covid-19) shelter-in-place order.

If you have any questions, please contact the CRC at 408-782-2128 or email Debbie Vasquez at Debbie.Vasquez@mhcrc.com .
Partner Agency News
Let the artist in you shine and showcase your talent through artwork on our windows. Here is how to participate.

  • Express the theme “Morgan Hill Together” as an original window art. Then take a picture of your window and upload it with your entry form. For Instructions, entry form & link to samples & videos visit our web page.
  • Five age groups: PreK-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th -8th , 9th-12th, Special
  • Competition Deadline: June 30, 2020
  • Entries will be judged on artistic merit and emotional impact (ability to touch the heart & spirit).

For more information view the flyer .
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View the latest news for our community.
June 20, 2020.
The State of California's Department of Social Services has announced the Disaster Recovery Assistance to Immigrants Program (DRAI) . The state has reached out to social service contractors serving immigrants and asked for these nonprofit partners to help distribute financial assistance to immigrants who are ineligible for any other federal or state aid due to their undocumented status. Catholic Charities of California has been asked to administrate the DRAI program in the Bay Area through each of the local Catholic Charities agencies.
  • Catholic Charities has established a hotline 415-324-1011 for individuals to apply for the financial assistance. 
  • The DRAI Fact Sheet (English and Spanish versions) provides a summary of the program.  
  • Please check our website at https://www.catholiccharitiesscc.org/drai for more information about the program and frequently asked questions.
This funding will provide much needed assistance to undocumented members of our community who are not eligible for other public relief. 
Morgan Hill Library

Curbside service is now available at the Morgan Hill Library along with the other libraries in the Santa Clara County Library District. To learn more see the video below or visit https://sccld.org/curbside/ .
Parenting During the Pandemic

This July, Santa Clara County Library District is starting a four-part series called Parenting During the Pandemic. The series begins on Wednesday, July 1. All programs begin at noon.
Marriage and Family Therapist Beth Proudfoot will tackle topics such as finding happiness, handling negative emotions, discipline in the 21st Century and managing family conflict.
R egister to participate in the workshop via Zoom, or watch later on Facebook.
Grab & Go Summer Meals now available at South County locations.

Morgan Hill Library (parking lot)
660 West Main Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
11 – 1 pm 

For more information and locations view the flyer. ( English / Spanish )
Valley Water District News
Yards have Evolved! Upgrade with Valley Water's Rebates!
Do you know that at least half of the water in a typical Santa Clara County home is used outdoors? Are you ready to replace your water thirsty lawn and create a modern and beautiful water efficient landscape? If you live in Santa Clara County, Valley Water’s rebates can help you pay to upgrade! Visit www.watersavings.org to evolve your yard. 

Check out the June Newsletter from Valley Water District's News & Events web page, plus highlights including:
Landscape Rebates Available - Flyer
VTA News COVID-19 Service Impacts

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 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: 

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