Preview of What's Coming Up During the Week of March 1, 2020
Your Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Hello Morgan Hill!

Did you know that the odds of being born on a leap day, February 29th, are estimated to be one in 1,461? Happy Birthday to all the Leaplings!

Also right around the corner is the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election. Santa Clara County is now under the Voter’s Choice Act, which means that everyone gets a ballot to complete and return postage-paid by mail, or you may place it in one of 99 conveniently located and secure drop-boxes. Voters who prefer to vote in person can still do so at any of the 110 Vote Centers that will be open throughout Santa Clara County. Check your voter ballot for times and locations near you.

The latest coronavirus updates and advice to stay healthy are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's dedicated web page, and The Santa Clara County Public Health Department's web page. The facts are changing rapidly, but please stay up to date from trusted resources!
Shoe Palace Project Web Page

Lastly, the City of Morgan Hill has created a Shoe Palace project web page where you can learn more about the approval process, view plans, and sign up for notifications.

Have a good week ahead!
Quick Links
Engage Morgan Hill is a community conversation about services, funding and priorities. It is an engagement process that will take us through the next two year budget development and adoption for fiscal years 2020-21 and 2021-22.

Residents who are not members of the Community Advisory Group are welcome to sit in on any upcoming meeting.

Stay Healthy
Coronavirus Information

The following central information sources are updated daily with local and regional, plus helpful reminders:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's dedicated web page
  • The Santa Clara County Public Health Department web page

If you have additional questions, please contact the Health Department at its call center between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, 408-885-3980.
Free Education & Support Programs
& Crisis Resources

The National Alliance on Mental Illness for Santa Clara County has also created a resource guide covering many topics, including education programs, community peer programs, and services related to mental health programs, such as financial assistance, and programs through the Department of Social Services.
Census 2020
April 1 is Census Day

When do most people get counted? Complete the Census by April 30.

The sooner you complete it, the better! As early as March 12 visit the Census Bureau website and fill out the survey online, in one of the 59 languages available. The Census Bureau has also created a how-to video that gives step-by-step instructions on how to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire online. First two languages listed are English and Spanish, followed by 60 other languages.

You can also respond by phone, by mail, or in person when a Census Bureau worker will visit your neighborhood door-to-door starting in mid-May.

Earlier this year the City earned a grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation for $34,000, which allows us to also focus efforts on reaching traditional hard to count segments of the Morgan Hill population. Good work Housing Team! Look for updated information on volunteer requests and census-related events very soon. Successfully obtaining grants is one of the ways the City is able to do more for the community without needing resources from the General Fund.
Meetings and Opportunities to Engage
Vacancies on City Commissions
Commissions with Vacancies

There is a vacancy notice open immediately that describes the position and how to apply for the Parks & Recreation Commission and the Library, Culture & Arts Commission .

Visit the City's web page for general information about all the commissions.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Library, Culture & Arts Commission Meeting

7:00 p.m.
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Visit the commission's web page for general information. The meeting's agenda is available online at least 72 hours before the meeting .

Voting Open Through March 3, 2020
Presidential Primary Election

Don't forget to vote by March 3 in the Presidential Primary Election. Santa Clara County is now under the Voter’s Choice Act, which means everyone still gets a ballot to complete and return postage-paid by mail, or you place it in one of 99 conveniently located and secure drop-boxes.

Voters who prefer to vote in person can still do so at any of the 110 Vote Centers that will be open throughout Santa Clara County. Your mailed ballot lists information on locations near you.

Visit the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voter's Office web page or call 866-430-VOTE (8683) for more information.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
City Council Regular Meeting

7:00 p.m.
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

City Council meeting agenda is available for preview.
Friday, March 6, 2020
Youth Mental Health First Aid
City of Morgan Hill and Momentum for Mental Health

Presenting a mental health first-aid series that teaches how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in adolescents.

To find a course or contact an instructor in your area, visit or email . You can also contact Lisa Mena, 408-207-0070, extension 5525 for registration information.

Courses are held at the Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center; the next class date is scheduled for March 6, 2020, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration is required . Other class dates through May are available.

Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center
17000 Monterey Road
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Save the Date
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
SB 743 Discussion Item During
Planning Commission Regular Meeting

The Planning Commission will have a discussion item during its regularly scheduled meeting regarding SB 743 and the future transition from Level of Service to Vehicle Miles Traveled for California Environmental Quality Act environmental review purposes. Additional information.

7:00 p.m.
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
City of Morgan Hill State of the City Address

7:00 p.m.
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Presentation details will be available shortly.
Saturday, March 14, 2020
College Prep Seminar and Fair

All high school students and families welcome to attend. This FREE seminar will help you prepare for college by deciding on major, creating a college schedule, and exploring resources on campus. In addition, come meet representatives from local universities and learn about college programs! Only 40 spots available, please RSVP! This event is presented by San Jose State University. Email Daniel Thompson for information. Flyer with RSVP link.

2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Centennial Recreation Center
171 Edmundson Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Special Education Basics
Parents Helping Parents
Services Through Your Regional Center (OCRA)
Fee $25

March 14, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
   St. Stephen's
Episcopal Church
651 Broadway, Gilroy, CA. 95020

  Limited spots . If you need child activities, contact us at 408-727-5775 or

Light lunch will be served!
Saturday, March 21, 2020
8th Annual Strong Girls, Strong Women Leadership Conference (SGSW)

School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue
San Jose, CA 95116
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This free high school student leadership conference empowers, inspires, and enriches high school students and their allies to be strong members and committed leaders of their communities. The goal of this conference is to bring together adults and students from diverse backgrounds for dialogue and education about the state of girls in Santa Clara County, including: Workshops focusing on health, economics, education, healthy relationships, personal safety, art and leadership; Resource Fair with community resources and volunteer opportunities; and Free drawings and giveaways for all participants.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? SGSW is free and open to all high school students and their adult allies (mothers, relatives, teachers, coaches, mentors) from Santa Clara County including women of color, immigrants, LGBTQ youth, and their allies and advocates. Please share this with friends, family, and all in your networks.

Got to the SGSW Eventbrite page to register:
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Free Youth Employment Workshop

On behalf of Living Above the Influence, in partnership with the City of Morgan Hill and YMCA as a sponsor, we welcome you to join us. Please register your youth as seating is limited. Free breakfast and lunch, open to all youth ages 14-24. Flyers in English and Spanish.
March 21, 26, and April 30, 2020
Community Meetings and the City Budget

The City has started its bi-annual budget process for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 fiscal year budgets.

There will be three community meetings:
Saturday, March 21
Thursday, March 26
Thursday, April 30

The City is looking forward to sharing information and receiving feedback on the budget. The locations for the meetings are yet to be determined.

Ultimately, the budget will be presented to Council at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. 
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Santa Clara County
Civil Grand Jury Recruitment 2020-2021

The County of Santa Clara, is seeking volunteers to serve on the 2020-2021 Civil Grand Jury. It is important to our community that the grand jury is diverse and representative of the county population, and to ensure that the grand jury is equipped with a mixed set of skills and abilities so that we can assemble the deep reservoir of knowledge necessary in this broad oversight role.

More information is available on the City's website , an explanatory letter from the Superior Court of California, a brochure , and the application .
Public Comment Open Until April 21, 2020
California High Speed Rail Authority

California continues to be the leader in clean transportation. Electrified high-speed rail, powered by 100 percent renewable energy is key to transforming California’s transportation system in an era when climate change has becoming increasingly urgent. 

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) released the Draft 2020 Business Plan for the beginning of a 60-day public comment period. 

In addition to submitting a comment through the website, public comments will be accepted at our upcoming board meetings prior to the April 21 meeting in Fresno (location TBD), when the Board of Directors is expected to vote to adopt the final plan:
  • March 17th in Los Angeles, LA Metro Headquarters

On the site, you can easily access plan highlights, see a short clip where CEO Brian Kelly discusses his take on the plan, and take a quick look at the notable elements of the plan. The plan is broken down into chapters, making it easier to hone in on the elements of the plan that interest you most. We hope you will take time to review the Draft 2020 Business Plan and provide comments. 
Deadline: April 26, 2020
Camp Cinder
Cal Fire Free Camp

The camp is designed for young women ages 14 to 18. Participants can learn leadership and team building, water rescues, helicopter operations, aerial ladders, nutrition, rope rescues, and much more. There is an application process, which has an April 26 deadline. Submit your application to:
Public Project and Maintenance Updates
Partner Agency News
Sister Cities of Morgan Hill

The local nonprofit is developing a travelers' interest list of those who would like to explore Turkey on a guided, group tour between October 22 and November 3, 2020. The attached flyer details locations, rates, hotels and highlights. For information please email or call Emmie Turan at 650-678 8237. You can also visit the Sister Cities web site for more information. If interested, please respond by March 16, 2020.
Mike's Monthly Message
Get your updates from Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman

Library's Monthly Newsletter
Learn more about what is happening at your libraries and find out about upcoming events

Valley Water Monthly News
Check out the most recent news from Valley Water District

VTA News Blog - Headways

Check out the most recent news from Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)

Volunteer Opportunities & Jobs
Have you thought about getting involved, but not sure where to start? 

The City of Morgan Hill has many volunteer opportunities that could allow you to give back to your community and have an impact, develop a new skill, meet new people, stay connected, explore a new career, or just help you grow individually as a person. 

Research indicates that volunteering not only benefits and strengthens your community and the organization you are volunteering for, it can have significant health benefits. Apply to become a volunteer today by  completing this form .

Questions and Comments:   or 408-310-4258

Whether you are looking for an entry or management level position, Morgan Hill employees have a lot in common. We are all hard working individuals who respect each other and value teamwork to deliver services. 

We excel at meeting challenges and work hard to exceed our customer's expectations. We work for an organization that encourages innovation, provides opportunities for professional growth, and recognizes the contributions of each employee.
If you share these core values, we invite you to apply for one of our open positions.

City of Morgan Hill Recreation Guide
Current Watering Schedule
Wednesdays Only
November 1 - March 31
Water is always a precious resource and the City's permanent watering restrictions have been designed to best manage our potable water supply. These restrictions help avoid or minimize the effects of drought, climate change and the unreliability of the imported water infrastructure that serves the City of Morgan Hill.

Complete rules and restrictions can be found in  Water Waste Ordinance No. 2236 .

Customers can report water waste  online  or by calling the Water Waste Hotline at 408-310-4195.

For more information, visit , email Environmental Services , or call 408-310-4169. Thank you for conserving water! 
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City hall
Morgan Hill City Hall 
Office Hours

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday


17575 Peak Ave 
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
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: