Your Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Friday, March 5, 2021  
Hello Morgan Hill Community!

An equal world is an enabled world, and Monday, March 8, gives us a chance to recognize International Women's Day as a great day to keep moving forward. Let's take that positive spirit to heart and wish those around us happiness, health, success, and prosperity on the 8th and every day! 

Another reason to celebrate, albeit cautiously, is that effective Wednesday, March 3, the County moved to the Red Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and will align with the State's framework. As a result, many of the industry/activity specific local directives have been lifted, including the Health Officer's travel restriction. 

See below under COVID-19 Updates for more information.
More welcomed news from Recreation Programming

A variety of in-person recreation programs are starting in March and April. Class offerings include karate, soccer, sports skills, and tennis. Visit www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/recguide for program details and for information on registration.
2021 State of the City Address
2021 State of the City Address
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Please join us on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, for the State of the City Address, when the Mayor will reflect on the prior year's challenges and accomplishments, and set the stage for what's to come.

You can join using this link: https://bit.ly/2021StateoftheCityAddress.

The event will also be live-streamed on the City's website and Facebook page.
COVID-19 Updates
Santa Clara County is in the Red Tier

The County's October 5, 2020 Risk Reduction Order, which requires everyone to follow all State orders and guidance, maintain distance, and wear face coverings as much as possible, will remain in effect. The Order also requires all businesses and other entities to maximize telework, post Social Distancing Protocols outlining specific COVID-19 safety plans, and promptly report cases to the Public Health Department.
 



The following changes were effective Wednesday, March 3, 2021:
 
  • Indoor dining at a maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer;
  • Retail stores at a maximum 50% capacity;
  • Gyms and fitness centers at a maximum 10% capacity;
  • Movie theaters at a maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer;
  • Zoos, museums, and aquariums at 25% maximum indoor capacity.
 
For more information on what the State allows in the Red Tier, visit the State's website.
Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines

Do you have questions or concerns about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine? There are many myths and facts about the vaccine, and it can be difficult to know which information is correct.

The CDC has answered some of your questions and addressed the myths and facts regarding the vaccine. Follow this link for more information: CDC facts about COVID-19 vaccine.
Experts agree that the health risks associated with COVID far outweigh the risks of the vaccine. Get vaccinated when it’s your turn: www.sccFreeVax.org  
Los expertos coinciden en que los riesgos para la salud asociados con COVID superan con creces los riesgos de la vacuna. Vacúnese cuando sea tu turno www.sccVacuna.org  
Meetings and Opportunities to Engage
Continuing Until March 26, 2021
The City of Morgan Hill is seeking applications from residents interested in serving on the Library, Culture, and Arts Commission
 
There are four (4) vacancies on this Commission with terms ending April 1, 2024.
 
If you are interested in applying, please visit the following link to learn more about the commissions and to apply: https://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/148/Commissions.
Monday, March 8, 2021
Lobby Service at the Library Resumes

The County Library System is pleased to announce that lobby service will resume on Monday, March 8, including the Morgan Hill Branch. This service is in addition to the contactless curb service. Visitors who enter the library must be COVID-19 symptom-free, wear a face covering, and maintain social distance. Hand sanitizer is available to patrons as they enter and exit the library. Curbside service hours differ by library location. The hours of each library can be found at sccld.org/curbside.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Free COVID-19 Testing
Council Chamber Building
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 a.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 a computer using a web browser other than Internet Explorer. 
 
We invite you to visit sccfreetest.org for additional testing locations.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Planning Commission Meeting
7:00 p.m.
 

Economic Development staff will seek input and feedback from the Planning Commission on proposed changes to Title 18 Zoning of the Municipal Code specifically related to the development of an Industrial Preservation Policy. This workshop will be the first of a few different input sessions with the Planning Commission to develop the Policy. The discussion will focus on industrial land use.

The Planning Meeting will be live-streamed on Channel 17 and 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.  
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Virtual Town Hall Cancelled
Please join us for the State of the City
on Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m.
Save the Date
Thursday, March 18, 2021
South County Healthcare - COVID Response and Resource Development
A Webinar from Leadership Morgan Hill in partnership with the City of Morgan Hill
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
 
Join us for an interactive webinar with South County Healthcare leaders. This webinar will focus on expanding community resources such as contact tracing, vaccination distribution, and long-term health aspects.
 

For more information, please email: info@leadershipmorganhill.org or visit
March 20-28, 2021
The 38th Annual Virtual Wildflower Run
Organized by the Morgan Hill Branch
of American Association of University Women

virtual run means registrants can run any day, anywhere between March 20 and March 28.

Extras include:
  • Limited edition t-shirts
  • Medals for all youth
  • Bonus baby-tees for stroller tots
  • Opportunity for prize drawings for all, plus more!

100% of the proceeds return to support Morgan Hill! Registration Now Open 
Public Project and Maintenance Updates

Partner Agency News
Don't forget the Buy Local Campaign!

Working with several local support organizations, including Choose Morgan Hill, The Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce championed a Sidewalk Art Project to attract shoppers to local businesses. A total of 30 painted sidewalk squares can be found in shopping centers throughout the city and in various high foot traffic areas. Check out a recent story from Morgan Hill Life that details the project's results, and see if you can find all 30 when out and about in town!
Summer Enrichment Program

Join the Boys and Girls Club for an exciting summer filled with fun, friends, and adventure, Ages 6 - 18.

June 14 - July 30
Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

For more information and to register today, view the flyers. (English/Spanish)
Circle of Giving
The Circle of Giving is a volunteer subgroup of the Indian Association of South Santa Clara County (IASC) with a focus and mission of standing together and serving our extended community in the South County. Circle of Giving has already given back through food and clothing donations, care packages for the homeless, snack bags for migrant farmworkers, and more. The goal is to serve the most vulnerable in our community. 

FREE VIRTUAL TUTORING is available for students in grades TK-8 (focusing on children in grades TK-3). The tutoring program will run from March 15th - May 31st and will take place virtually. 

Click HERE to sign up for tutoring. For more information, view the flyers. (English/Spanish)
Proud Parents
Online Support Group for parents & guardians of LGBTQ+ youth.

Attend monthly online group meetings or schedule private meetings. Meet and talk to other parents like you and find resources and services for LGBTQ+ youth.

For more information, view the flyers. (English/Spanish)
Help House a Gavilan College Student.
 
Gavilan College has partnered with the House Sharing Program of Catholic Charities to help students find below market room rental opportunities close to campus.

For more information, view the complete flyer.

You may also attend the Free Webinar:

• Wednesday, March 17, 4:00 p.m.
• Zoom Webinar
The Morgan Hill HUB
 
LATI is excited to announce the launch of The Morgan Hill HUB. The HUB is a COVID compliant space that will allow youth (limited count) and early college students to come and have free, strong internet access, log into school, do their homework, receive academic support and resources. The HUB will also provide a morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack.
 
Registration is now open, and space is still available: THE HUB
 
For more information, please view the flyers. (English/Spanish)
Morgan Hill Community Foundation's
Meals for Heroes Program

Two of the most impacted Morgan Hill industries in the midst of COVID-19 are medical and hospitality. Your donation will help provide meals for local healthcare workers and financial support for local small business restaurants.

PG&E Extends Its COVID-19 Support Programs

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has announced that it will extend the existing COVID 19 customer protections through June 30, 2021.

For more information, view the full article HERE.


Wildfire Prevention Work in Santa Clara County
On February 5th PG&E submitted its 2021 Wildfire Mitigation Plan (WMP), found HERE, to the CPUC detailing its plans to reduce wildfire risk, increase situational awareness, and deploy new technology and models to help keep customers and communities safe.

Additional Resources for Customers
To help customers plan for power outages to prevent major wildfires, PG&E has developed a series of educational videos that can be found at pge.com/pspsvideos and kidsemergencysafety.com
Darren Dean Vocational Education Grant

The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill offers 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. The 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.
Virtual Events for Teens

The SCCLD has some upcoming and fun teen events. Including Sea Shanty Sing-Alongs, Black History Month Collage workshop, a SED talk, and a few contests currently happening.

View this FLYER for dates and registration of upcoming events.

New Online Program Helps Adults Get High School Diplomas

The Santa Clara County Library District is happy to offer a new online program that makes it simple and convenient for adults to obtain high school diplomas and learn new careers.
View this FLYER for more information.
$20,000 in Scholarships
for Youth Film Competition:
EmPower Silicon Valley 

Do you know a high school student interested in climate solutions? Silicon Valley Clean Energy is providing $20,000 in scholarships as part of a new youth competition. Share ideas and solutions for fighting climate change. No prior film or climate change knowledge necessary. Learn more about the competition and sign up for updates at SVCleanEnergy.org/Empower-SV.

For more information regarding bill relief programs and more, click HERE.

June 2021 Santa Clara County Time-of-Use Rate Transition

As part of a multi-year, statewide energy policy to create a cleaner energy future for California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE), and San José Clean Energy (SJCE) will move approximately 395,000 eligible residential electric customers currently on a tiered rate plan called E-1 to a Time-of-Use (TOU) rate plan in June 2021. For more information, click HERE.
Your Morgan Hill
City hall
Morgan Hill City Hall 
Office Hours

City of Morgan Hill offices are closed due to COVID-19.

If you have questions or concerns during this time please call our virtual call center.

408-767-6404

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

Messages will be returned within 24 hours.
Elected Officials


County Supervisor
District 1: 

California State Assembly District 30: 

California State Senate District 17: 

U.S. Congressional District 19: 

City of Morgan Hill
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City of Morgan Hill Advisory Committees: