City of Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Week of October 14, 2018
Hello Morgan Hill!

This coming Thursday, October 18, at 10:18 AM is the Great Shake Out! Are you ready to Shake Out? Make sure you register yourself and/or your organization to participate, meaning that on 10/18 at 10:18 you will  Drop, Cover, and Hold On for 60 seconds, just as if you were in a real earthquake.  It's also an excellent time to make sure you are prepared to for an earthquake.  You can review tips on preparing for an earthquake at
We wanted to send a great big "THANK YOU"  the Chiala family for their generous donation to the fundraising efforts for the Magical Bridge Park in Morgan Hill.  Their donation will go directly to help fund the construction of the inclusive playground planned for Community Park. The donation was acknowledged and the Chiala family recognized by the City Council at the October 3 City Council meeting.
The City Of Morgan Hill recently was recognized with a Silicon Valley Structures Award in the category of Public/Civic Project for our wonderful downtown parks.  The Structures Awards honor the most imaginative and impactful projects and people in Silicon Valley real estate and development. Congratulations to our community and those involved in the visioning and planning process for these beautiful and well received parks.
Many in the community have provided input on the draft of the gun control ordinance.  We thank everyone that has shared input and comment.  The draft ordinance was originally scheduled to be presented to the City Council for consideration at this week's City Council meeting on October 17, but has now been tentatively moved to the City Council meeting on October 24.  Please make note of this change. 
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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Morgan Hill City Hall 
Office Hours
8AM - 5PM
Monday - Friday
17575 Peak Ave 
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Elected Officials

County Supervisor
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California State Assembly District 30: 

California State Senate District 17: 

U.S. Congressional District 19: 

City of Morgan Hill
Advisory Commissions:

City of Morgan Hill Advisory Committees:
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County of 
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Santa Clara Valley Agencies


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Morgan Hill has three local ballot measures in this November's election.  We encourage the community to become informed about these measures. To assist, we will be out in the community offering educational presentations about the measures. If your group or organization is interested in having us join your next meeting to share educational information about the ballot measures please contact Maureen Tobin .

We also encourage you to visit
for more information on our local ballot measures.

Got questions? 
Send your questions about the ballot measures to Maureen Tobin .  We will respond to you directly and also share the questions and answers here and on the
Q: What does it cost the City to put a measure on the ballot?
A: $52,300 per measure

Q: Is commercial cannabis activity legal in the County, (unincorporated areas of Morgan Hill)?
A: No

Q: Why are the City Council districts identified by letters rather than numbers?
A:  The City Council districts are identified with letters so as not to be confused with the Morgan Hill Unified School District's districts which were already identified with numbers.

Please visit our website for information on all the 2018 local ballot measures,  the City Attorney's impartial analysis of each measure and the arguments in favor of each measure.  No arguments against the measures were submitted. 

If you are not registered to vote, we encourage you to do so Today! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
7:00 PM
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue

Wednesday,  October 17 , 2018
PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff 
Informational Webinar
10:30 AM - Noon

PG&E wanted to let you know about an online informational workshop that PG&E is holding regarding their Community Wildfire Safety Program. This is part of the additional precautionary measures that PG&E is putting in place to further reduce wildfire threats and help keep their customers safe following the 2017 wildfires.
An important component of PG&E's wildfire safety efforts is potentially turning off power for safety, as a last resort, during extreme fire danger conditions. They are calling these events Public Safety Power Shutoffs. PG&E knows how important electric service is to their customers and communities and they want to be sure they are sharing information that will help you prepare, and also gathering your feedback.
To date PG&E has hosted 11 informational workshops across their service area. They appreciate everyone who has taken the time to participate. For those who have been unable to attend, they have organized an online workshop, which will have the same content that was shared during the in-person events.  A link to join the online workshop is below. 


Wednesday,  October 17 , 2018
City Council Meeting
6:00PM Joint City Council/Planning Commission Workshop
7:00PM Regular Meeting
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue
Agenda Item Preview:

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.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Anderson Dam Project Meeting
Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center
17000 Monterey St
6:30 PM

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is dedicated
to keeping your water safe and reliable. We
initiated the Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project
in 2012 to improve the dam's performance in the
event of a large earthquake. It is currently in the
design phase.

Please join us at the meeting to learn more about
the project status, the Environmental Impact Report
status, and the schedule.

RSVP to by October 22,
2018. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, join us on
Facebook Live:
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Community Presentation on Upcoming Election
City Council Chambers
17555 Peak Avenue
You are invited to a Community Presentation to review the Morgan Hill City Council district elections, our local Morgan Hill ballot measures, and State Proposition 6. Q & A will follow.

For the first time in Morgan Hill we are electing our City Council members by district. District B and D are the open seats, along with the mayoral seat. This means that Morgan Hill voters will only vote for a Council-member candidate in this election if there is an open seat in the district they live in. Residents can learn what district they live in by using the interactive map on the City website. Voting for mayor is still at large, so all Morgan Hill voters will be able to vote for a mayoral candidate.

Additionally Morgan Hill has three local ballot measures on the 2018 November Ballot. You can learn about all three measures at:

When: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time: 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Place: City Council Chamber

17555 Peak Avenue

For more information contact Maureen Tobin at or by phone at 408.310.4706

We hope to see you there.
The City of Morgan Hill is seeking applications from residents interested in serving on the Parks & Recreation Commission. The City is recruiting to fill one (1) vacancy due to a resignation on this Commission. The individual appointed will serve a term beginning upon appointment and ending April 1, 2022 to fill the remainder of a four-year term.

The Parks and Recreation Commission provides the City Council with advice and recommendations on recreation programs, activities and resources. The Commission also plans for the future growth and development of parks facilities and recreation programming. This seven-member Commission meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Morgan Hill Council Chambers located at 17575 Peak Avenue.

The City of Morgan Hill encourages residents to submit applications for appointment consideration. Application forms and appointment information are available on the City of Morgan Hill website or in the City Clerk's Office, 17575 Peak Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA or by calling telephone number (408) 779-7271. Applications will be accepted in the City Clerk's Office until Friday, October 19, 2018, 5 p.m. or until filled. Interviews before the City Council are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

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

Questions and Comments: 

Santa Clara County Library District
October 2018

The library has lots of treats for you at the  this month, no trick.  Halloween is a fun time to visit the library for chills and thrills.

VTA Connections Newsletter
October 2018

Valley Transportation Authority.  
Solutions that move you. 
Santa Clara Valley Water District News: September 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 September 2018!
Asset #31: Healthy Lifestyle

Tips to Help You Implement Asset #31: Healthy Lifestyle
  • Limit TV, video games and computer time during the day and before going to bed.
  • Get active each day. Be a role model.
  • Choose water as a drink and eat more fruits and veggies.
  • Inform and guide your youth about the changes in their bodies according to their age. Search or consult with a professional on how to talk to them about healthy sexuality.
  • Make dinnertime a family time. Cook more meals at home. Get kids involved in shopping for groceries and preparing meals. You can teach them about different foods and how to read food labels.
  • Make healthy snacks available. Keep plenty of fruit, vegetables, and healthy beverages (water, milk, pure fruit juice) on hand so kids avoid unhealthy snacks like soda, chips, and cookies.
  • Limit portion sizes. Don't insist your child cleans the plate, and never use food as a reward or bribe.
  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