Your Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Week of June 8, 2020
To Our Morgan Hill Community.

This week we'd like to begin by acknowledging the collective pain, anger, and deep level of concern regarding systemic racial injustice that still exists across the country as witnessed by the tragic and senseless death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. The City Council and City Leadership Team offer our sincere condolences to the Floyd family. In relation to this we have had four peaceful protests in Morgan Hill. We praise the Morgan Hill community for this. Peaceful events such as these should be held up as the gold standard above any acts of violence taking place in other communities. We urge the community to continue to come together in a peaceful manner.

We will begin a conversation with the community this coming Tuesday, June 9 from 5:30p.m. - 6:30 p.m with a special Town Hall meeting with Interim Morgan Hill Police Chief, Shane Palsgrove regarding recent events and Morgan Hill Police Department’s approach to community policing, training, collaboration, and partnerships. You will also hear about Chief Palsgrove's focus on a positive police presence and interaction that can help begin healing the widespread pain that so many are experiencing and can set the conditions for an action-oriented culture. Details for the meeting are below.

Median Fence Between 2nd and 3rd Street
You may have noticed a new fence in the median on Monterey Road in Downtown. The fencing is a Downtown Pedestrian Safety enhancement. The project was approved before the COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place and has been planned for some time. The project was requested by the Police Department and is designed to prevent jaywalking in that area. There have been many near misses when pedestrians have chosen to cross the street in this area. The fencing is removable and will be removed for major special events in the future.

We're beginning to Open Up
School is now out for the summer and we will have some positive changes to look forward to in relation to the County Shelter-In-Place order. As of June 5, 2020 the Santa Clara County Health Department updated the current Shelter-In-Place order, which allows several positive changes including outdoor dining and in- store shopping. Below is a snapshot of what has opened to date.
We as a community have done an excellent job keeping the virus under control. Great job Morgan Hill! As we continue to open up throughout the County, we would like to remind everyone to continue with social distancing and wearing your masks. Our businesses will be hard at work to ensure the safety of our community during this transition period.
Let our South County voices be heard!
Youth Action Council presents:
15th Annual Youth Leadership Morgan Hill

July 13-15, 2020 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

For more information, please view the flyer or contact Chiquy Mejia, Youth Development Coordinator at chiquy.mejia@mhcrc.com or 408.310.4253
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 while in public. This is required when entering a business.
  • 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
Monday, June 8, 2020
Lunch at the Library
Begins Monday, June 8!

Grab-and-Go Meals Available at South County Libraries. See below for Morgan Hill Library times and location. Click here for further info.

Morgan Hill Library (parking lot)
660 West Main Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
11 – 1 pm
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Special Virtual Town Hall with Morgan Hill Interim Police Chief, Shane Palsgrove
5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

Please join us for a special virtual town hall meeting to hear from Morgan Hill Interim Police Chief Shane Palsgrove regarding recent events and Morgan Hill Police Department’s approach to community policing. He will share information on training, collaboration, and partnerships. You will also hear about his focus on a positive police presence and interaction that can help begin healing the widespread pain that so many are experiencing and can set the conditions for an action-oriented culture.

We hope you will join us and provide your input.
  
Community members can join the virtual meeting by using the following link:   bit.ly/Communitytownhall

Or Telephone: 1-669-900-9128 enter Webinar ID: 841 849 915#

This virtual town hall meeting will also be streamed live on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/morganhillengage /
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Planning Commission Meeting
CANCELLED

 
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Virtual Town Hall - Hale Avenue Extension
5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

The focus of this Town Hall will be the Hale Avenue Extension. We encourage your comments and questions.
  
Community members can join the virtual meeting by using the following link:   bit.ly/Communitytownhall

Or Telephone: 1-669-900-9128 enter Webinar ID: 841 849 915#

This virtual town hall meeting will also be streamed live on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/morganhillengage /

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
CANCELLED



Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Empower SCC 
Free Homeownership Webinar 
2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

The City of Gilroy is proud to host a free homeownership webinar about the Empower Homebuyers SCC program with the County of Santa Clara and Housing Trust Silicon Valley! Learn more about this new down payment assistance program and how it can help you become a first-time homebuyer in Santa Clara County.

For more information about the program visit http://www.housingtrustsv.org/empower.  

Register HERE today!
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
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













The CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit wants to remind all homeowners to practice safe equipment use while working outside during the upcoming hot, dry months.

Check out the latest information on how to practice safe equipment use.


For more information visit www.readyforwildfire.org/
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 .
Sign up to receive COVID-19 updates for Santa Clara County. This newsletter is intended to provide our community with the latest news and highlights that are useful and informative. Sign up here. This newsletter is sent out twice a week.

View the latest news for our community.
June 5, 2020
Caltrain is seeking volunteers for its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).

Applications are available online at www.caltrain.com/cac or by calling 650.508.6347. Applications are due by Thursday, June 18.
During the Santa Clara County Shelter in Place the City of Morgan Hill will not be holding Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training. However, there are ways you can learn more about CERT from your home.
 
*Take FEMA's online Introduction to Community Emergency Response Team training https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-317.a
*Watch “CERT in Action” and review the updated participant manuals https://www.ready.gov/cert
 
The Morgan Hill Office of Emergency Services wishes you good health and continued progress in your emergency preparedness efforts.
 
Feel free to contact jennifer.ponce@morganhill.ca.gov to get on a waiting list for our next CERT class or for more information.
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 Downtown Association

Downtown Morgan Hill is the heart of our community. The effects of COVID-19 Pandemic leading to Shelter-In-Place restrictions have struck a vital nerve in downtown’s vibrancy and future success. On behalf of challenged businesses, the Morgan Hill Downtown Association has produced a fun campaign to enhance member exposure and generate financial support. Here’s how you can help:
 
  1. There you can purchase Gift Cards on-line from participating businesses 
  2. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched on the page as well. Each donation of $25 or more will earn you 2 entries into our monthly drawing for Gift Cards. At the end of the campaign funds will be equally distributed between the participating businesses
  3. Patronize the Downtown businesses as often as you can
  4. Post photos of visits to your social media networks showing your support
  5. Offer Gift Cards and/or other prizes to the cause by reaching out to us at mhda@morganhilldowntown.org or contacting the MHDA office at 408.779.3190
 
Please support YOUR downtown. Post this message to your entire network and send to all the contacts in your distribution lists. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell their friends and family. It’s not only you, but who you know.   
We are here for you, Morgan Hill. We’ll get through this together.
Best Wishes To You And Yours. 
 
 
Thank you,
David Dindak
President, 2020
Morgan Hill Downtown Association
90 West Main Suite 6
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
408-779-3190
Morgan Hill Historical Society
Dear Members, Friends, and Community Supporters,

Out of concern for the health and safety of our volunteers and the community, the Morgan Hill Historical Society has canceled all public events for 2020:

  • Member Meetings July and October 
  • Community Picnic and Youth Mariachi Competition - July
  • Member and Volunteer BBQ - July
  • Founders Dinner - September
  • Holiday Boutique - November
  • Holiday Teas - December
  • History Conversations - monthly
  • Historical Downtown Walking Tours - monthly
  • Rentals
  • The gates to Villa Mira Monte will remain locked and the site closed to the public - so of course there will be no public tours.

We want you to know that we continue to work to “preserve and share history” in this unprecedented time. A newly created Blog ( visit our website ) ties into happenings related to our “Stories from the Past” documentary films as well as historical issues and current events relevant to our region.

We will closely follow the science and social distancing guidelines surrounding COVID-19. When we can safely open the doors to Villa Mira Monte we look forward to welcoming you back. For updates, follow us through our website, Blog, Constant Contact blasts, Facebook posts and newsletter articles.

Morgan Hill Library

The Morgan Hill Library has made plans to start library material returns and curbside pickup of materials placed on hold mid month. For now, l ibrary buildings will remain closed to the public with the possible exception of limited availability as cooling centers.  

In preparation for curbside services: 

  • All Library buildings are being deep cleaned 
  • County Social Distancing protocols are in place 
  • PPE is provided for all staff 
  • Materials are being quarantined for 72 hours 

Virtual programs and online resources will continue as the Library expands its services to meet the needs in our community. The latest news will be available on the website at  sccld.org .  

In addition Santa Clara County Library District Has its Eighth County Librarian Appointed. Click here to learn more.
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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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.
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California State Assembly District 30: 
Robert Rivas

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