City of Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Week of November 4,  2018
Happy November Morgan Hill!

We'd like to introduce you to our new Morgan Hill Fire Chief, Jake Hess. Chief Hess was appointed as the CAL FIRE Unit Chief for the Santa Clara Unit effective October 31, 2018. Through our partnership with CAL FIRE, the Santa Clara Unit Chief serves as our Morgan Hill Fire Chief.
Chief Hess lives in Santa Cruz County with his wife Jessica and their 15 year old daughter Olivia. He is an avid cyclist and enjoys camping and traveling with his family. Chief Hess looks forward to meeting with citizens of Morgan Hill at the many city organized events and through the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainings. He is very excited for the opportunity to serve as our Fire Chief.  The press release announcing his appointment can be found on the City website

Chief Derek Witmer, who has served as our Fire Chief for the past 5 years, will be retiring at the end of November.  We sincerely thank him for his service to the Morgan Hill Community and wish him all the best in retirement.


If you haven't voted already, make sure to vote on this Tuesday, November 6.  Early voting is also available at the City Council Chamber daily from 10:00AM - 6:00PM through November 5.  Your vote counts!

Mayor Steve Tate will host his last "Coffee with the Mayor" on Saturday, November 10 from 10:00AM -  11:30PM.  His guest will be the newly elected mayor.  It will be a great opportunity to say "goodbye" to Mayor Tate and also to get to know the new mayor in a relaxed and comfortable setting.  Details are available in the body of this email.

A reminder we have now  returned to once a week irrigation schedules with watering allowed only on Wednesdays. For more information and details please visit the City website.
Make it a great week ahead! We look forward to your ongoing engagement and participation in all aspects of community life and local government in Morgan Hill.
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Monday - Friday
17575 Peak Ave 
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018
November 2018 Elections
All day

Don't forget to vote this Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Absentee ballots must be postmarked by election day and received within 3 days of election day. 

Morgan Hill has three local ballot measures in this November's election.  We encourage you to visit 
for more information on our local ballot measures.

Your Vote Counts!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Library, Culture and Arts Commission Meeting
7:00 PM
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue
  Wednesday, November 7, 2018
City Council Meeting
6:00PM Parks and Recreation Commissioner Interviews
7:00PM Regular Meeting
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue
NOVEMBER 7, 2018
Full Agenda

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All residents and interested parties are encouraged to attend and participate at Morgan Hill City Council meetings. The meetings provide an important opportunity to engage and stay informed. 

We also encourage you to  sign up to be notified when City Council agendas are posted. You will be automatically emailed with a direct link to the full agenda. Additionally, you be notified of any supplements added after the agenda has been posted.

We hope to see you at the City Council meeting on Wednesday.

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Coffee with the "Mayors"
10 AM - 11:30 AM
BookSmart of Morgan Hill
1295 E Dunne Ave Suite 120
Join City of Morgan Hill Mayor Steve Tate for his final "Coffee with the Mayor". This will be his last "coffee", as he will be retiring after the newly elected mayor is seated. Mayor Tate will have as his guest the successful mayoral candidate. This will be an opportunity to have a final conversation with Mayor Tate and get to know the newly elected mayor.

Mayor Tate buys the coffee, you provide the conversation. We hope to see you there.
T uesday, November 27
American Association of  University Women  Presents:
" Not Your Everyday Fashion"
7:00 PM
Morgan Hill Library
The Costume Designer's Job
Getting it from Page to Stage
Visual and Interactive Program

Featuring: Barbara Murray, Costume Designer
Department of Theatre and Dance
Santa Clara University

For more information, email:


Water is always a precious resource in Morgan Hill and with this in mind, our permanent watering restrictions have been designed to best manage the City's potable water supply. These restrictions will help us avoid or minimize the effects of drought, climate change and the unreliability of the imported water infrastructure that serves the City of Morgan Hill.
From November 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019, watering is limited to Wednesdays only.
  • Irrigation is allowed before 9 AM or after 7 PM
  • Watering is limited to no more than 15 minutes per station 
  • Watering returns to the three day a week schedule on April 1, 2018
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 or call 408-310-4169. Thank you for conserving water!  
W ondering how you can save money on your energy and water bills? Check out a Do-it-Your
self Home Energy Saving Toolkit from the Morgan Hill Library just like a book! All you need is your library card. This kit is FREE and comes with energy and water saving supplies you get to keep including two top-of-the-line LED light-bulbs, three low-flow faucet aerators, weather stripping, and more. It also comes with tools you borrow including a Kill-A-Watt® Meter for measuring the energy use of appliances, a thermal detector that checks for heat loss, a special thermomete r that helps set refrigerators and freezers to appropriate temperatures, and so much more! Check it out!

This program is brought to you by the Silicon Valley Energy Watch, a local government partnership that provides energy efficiency resources, and is funded by California ratepayers in collaboration with PG&E to serve Santa Clara County.

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.

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 .

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Get a Free Flu Shot

The County of Santa Clara Valley Health Center is sponsoring free flu shot clinics or "fairs" throughout the county. These clinics are for persons over the age of 19 and are completely free.

Spectrum (Charter Communications)
Charter Communications, locally known as Spectrum, will be making changes to the channel lineup for customers in the Morgan Hill community.

Effective November 29, 2018, channel 188 will no longer be available for customers in Morgan Hill.

Please note the discontinuance was initiated by Viacom and is out of Charter's control.

To view a current channel lineup visit
VTA Connections Newsletter
October 2018

Valley Transportation Authority.  
Solutions that move you. 
Santa Clara Valley Water District News: October 2018

Water supply, flood protection and stream stewardship for Santa Clara County.  Click here to view the Santa Clara Valley Water District's newsletter for October 2018!  
Asset #41: Positive Cultural Identity

Tips to Help You Implement Asset #41: Positive Cultural Identity
  • Share stories about your youth's cultural background to provide understanding and appreciation of their heritage.
  • Teach them their nativ language or a traditional game or dance.
  • Allow your youth to meet and conserve friends from different nationalities and let them learn about their culture.
  Click here  for more information about this month's developmental asset! 

Developmental assets are the positive values, relationships, skills and experiences that help youth and teens thrive. Young people with  high asset levels are most likely to make healthy choices, while those with lower asset levels are more likely to get involved with  negative or risky behaviors like violence, trouble in school, drug and alcohol use and more. The Search Institute of Minneapolis created  the developmental assets framework. For more information, visit