Preview of What's Coming Up During the Week of March 8, 2020
Your Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Hello Morgan Hill!

Love it or hate it, our annual ritual of early March – daylight saving time – is here.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, the few analog clocks still around must "spring forward" an hour, turning 1:59:59 a.m. into 3 a.m. Although you will lose an hour of sleep, you will gain an hour of light in the evening. Hopefully the weather will cooperate, and you can use that extra hour of light in the evening to get outside an enjoy our beautiful community.
The time has finally arrived! The U.S. Census Bureau and the City of Morgan Hill are encouraging residents to take the census online beginning Thursday, March 12, at https://my2020census.gov/. The questionnaire is easy, data collected is confidential and not shared with any other government agencies, and results influence the next 10 years of financial and policy decisions in our region, state, and nation. Please take the time to complete the questionnaire; it is up to all of us to fulfill this important civic duty! Look for more information from the Census Bureau in your mail over the coming weeks.

At the same time, the latest coronavirus updates and advice 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. Some reminders for staying healthy are:

  • Stay home when sick
  • If you have traveled to a known coronavirus outbreak area, monitor your health closely for 14 days upon return
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an FAQ about traveling
  • Use good hand washing habits, which are use soap and water to wash thoroughly for at least 20 seconds 

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.

There are two meetings scheduled for the Community Advisory Group (CAG): March 21 and April 18. Both are in the Council Chamber Building from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Residents who are not members of the CAG are welcome to sit in on any upcoming meeting. For more information about the CAG and any of the topics it has covered, visit its summary web page and left side navigation per topic.

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.
Census 2020
Online Census Available March 12

Starting Thursday, March 12 the City will provide a Questionnaire Kiosk, which is an internet connected computer available to the public to complete the census in the City Hall lobby area adjacent to the welcome desk. The kiosk is available between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 17575 Peak Avenue. The City will have additional kiosks available to the public scheduled in the near future. Stay tuned for locations and times as they become available.

The Morgan Hill Library also has internet-ready computers available to the public during its regularly scheduled hours. If you don't have a library card, you can still access the computers by requesting a pass at the information desk. The library is located at 660 West Main Avenue.

Using any device with an internet connection, you can visit the Census Bureau website to complete the questionnaire in your preferred language starting March 12. 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.

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. 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. Please volunteer to help us at our next event, March 24.
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.

Sunday, March 8, 2020
International Women's Day Paint & Nibble

International Women's Day
Sunday, March 8, noon - 2:00 p.m.
Opa's Restaurant
17280 Monterey Road
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Tickets: $45

Join us as the world celebrates women all over the globe in March for Women's History Month. Presented by The South County Women's Series, Councilwoman Yvonne Martínez Beltrán and Moya Art, you can choose your favorite portrait of eight multicultural women icons to paint! Full details and registration information available on Facebook. Call 619-994-2552 for any questions.
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.

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

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.
Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center
Hiram Morgan Hill Room
17000 Monterey Road
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

The Mayor will highlight several key initiatives, share the City’s successes, and talk about what’s on the horizon. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about community programs, resources, and City services. All ages are welcome and families are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.  Flyer available .
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 408-727-5775 or gilroy@php.com

Light lunch will be served!
Save the Date
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: https://sgsw2020.eventbrite.com.
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 .
Friday, April 10, 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 www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org or email info@mentalhealthfirstaid.org . 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 April 10, 2020, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration is required . Another class date is available on May 8.

Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center
17000 Monterey Road
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
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: https://www.fire.ca.gov/camp-cinder/.
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. Please note: the deadline to add your name to an interest list has been extended to April 30. For information please email or call Emmie Turan at 650-678 8237. You can also visit the Sister Cities web site for more information.
Mike's Monthly Message
Get your updates from Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman

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

Valley Water District News
Check out the most recent news from Valley Water District's News & Events web page, plus highlights including:

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: 
csd.volunteer@morganhill.ca.gov   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  mhvalueswater.com , email Environmental Services , or call 408-310-4169. Thank you for conserving water! 
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Morgan Hill City Hall 
Office Hours

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

Phone: 
408-779-7271

Address
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
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