September 1 ,2019
Your September 1, 2019 Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Happy Labor Day Weekend Morgan Hill!

The weather should be great for outdoor BBQs and gatherings. While your enjoy time with friends and family we encourage you to remember that Labor Day Weekend remains one of the deadliest times of year for alcohol-involved crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 376 deadly crashes nationwide during the 2017 Labor Day holiday period (Sept. 1 to Sept. 5). Among those crashes, more than one-third (36%) involved a drunk driver. Last year, two people were killed, and 31 others injured in California on Labor Day alone. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!

City offices will be closed on Labor Day. All essential and emergency City services will be available. City recreation facilities will be open as follows:

C entennial Recreation Center -Open 6:30 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Aquatics Center
Lap Swim: 5:00 AM - 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Water Aerobics: 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM
Recreation Swim: 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
 
Senior Center -Closed

Community and Cultural Center -Closed
September is National Preparedness Month. One of the easiest ways to prepare for disasters is to sign up for emergency alerts and warnings at AlertSCC . AlertSCC helps to keep you informed about what is happening and what to do in the midst of a disaster. 

Look for more tips and ideas about how to be prepared throughout this month. Let's all commit to using the month of September to really focus on being prepared.

Prepared Not Scared!
Did you know that tax revenue from new businesses helps our community?

The increase in tax revenue from new businesses, like a hotel or car dealership, goes directly to the general fund where it can be used to pay for things like police and fire services and roadway maintenance and improvement. For example, the transient occupancy tax (TOT) from a new hotel in Morgan Hill could fund 1.5 new police officers.
We hope you have a safe and enjoyable long weekend. As always, we look forward to your ongoing engagement in community life and our local Morgan Hill government.

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Engage Morgan Hill  i s a community conversation about services, funding and priorities. It will be a year long community engagement process that will take us right through the next next two year budget development and adoption for fiscal years 2020-21 and 2021-22.

A Community Advisory Group was formed as a way to have a group of residents very involved in this conversation and process.

The members of the Engage Morgan Hill Community Advisory Group are listed below:
Shakeeb Ahmed
Inga Bredehoeft
Sally Casas
Nancy Domnauer
Tim Fu
Nick Gaich
Kim Gaxiola
Ava Geddes
Delia Gomez
Gale Hoover Hammond
John Horner
Caitlin Jackimowicz
Rick Kent
Sue Koepp Baker
Matthew Kulick
David Lovato
Michelle McKay
Jody McRoberts
Beverly Mercurio
Doug Murihead
Roger Nagarajan
Jeff Perkins
Cecelia Ponzini
Yvonne Randolph
Brittney Sherman
Brian Sullivan
Kathy Sullivan
Jennifer Tate
Steve Tate
Anne Vranicic
Charles Weston
Terry Williams
Beth Wyman

Did you know that Morgan Hill produces a Budget in Brief? It is intended to provide you with a basic overview of the City's budget ( a document which is over 500 pages long) in a simple and easy to read format.

The City's biennial budget is prepared much like a household spending plan. While a family might plan for such expenses as housing, food, clothing, transportation or medical bills, the City's focus is for police and fire protection, parks, recreation, water and sewer systems, housing, economic development, roads, building maintenance and much more.

We encourage you to become familiar with the Budget in Brief . After that, be brave and peruse the full City budget ...and of course, we'd love to hear your questions as your learn more about the City budget and operations.
 The next Engage Morgan Hill Community Advisory Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 24th from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM in the City Council Chamber. We will be discussing city infrastructure.

Morgan Hill Police Encourage the Public to be Responsible and Drive Sober
As summer comes to a close, Morgan Hill Police Department is asking drivers to not get behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs that impact your ability to drive safely.
The Morgan Hill Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies across the country in the national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. During this enforcement period, which runs from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2 (Labor Day), The Morgan Hill Police Department will have additional officers on the road looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
In addition to extra patrols, The Morgan Hill Police Department will hold a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint August 30, 2019, from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am at an undisclosed location within the City of Morgan Hill.
Labor Day Weekend remains one of the deadliest times of year for alcohol-involved crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 376 deadly crashes nationwide during the 2017 Labor Day holiday period (Sept. 1 to Sept. 5). Among those crashes, more than one-third (36%) involved a drunk driver. Last year, two people were killed, and 31 others injured in California on Labor Day alone.
“There are so many ways to get home safely without driving,” Morgan Hill Police Department, Sergeant Ray Ramos said. “Driving while drunk or high is dangerous, irresponsible and causes too many senseless tragedies. We hope that drivers get the message that driving impaired will never be tolerated.”
Driving while impaired is illegal, whether it is alcohol, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications or marijuana.
If you plan on drinking or are taking medications that can affect your driving ability, designate a sober driver or use a ride-share service. If you see someone driving impaired, call 911.
Funding for DUI enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Contact Information:
Sgt. Ray Ramos
Traffic Division
669-253-4928
Meetings and Opportunities to Engage
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Library, Culture and Arts Commission Meeting

7:00PM
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue


Wednesday, September 4, 2019
City Council Meeting

6:00 PM Closed Session
7:00 PM Regular Meeting
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue


Thursday, September 5, 2019
2019 Choose Morgan Hill Speaker Series Kicks Off - Economic Development

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Granada Theatre
17440 Monterey Road

Join the Morgan Hill Economic Development team for a conversation on economic development in Morgan Hill. Learn about the opportunities and challenges to attract retail, jobs, and healthcare to the community and get an update on the companies that are expanding and developing in Morgan Hill.

Second Chance Week
September 7 - September 15
September 7th & 8th – The Gilroy Citywide Garage Sale Days kick off a full week of events designed to give your stuff a second chance. Help the community AND the environment by keeping your unwanted items out of the landfill! Visit www.secondchanceweek.com for a full schedule of "Second Chance Week" events and a list of participating garage sale addresses or call 310-4169 for more information. Deadline to apply is Friday, August 30th and online applications can be found on the website. Visit www.secondchanceweek.com on Friday, September 6th for a list of participating addresses.
 
September 14th & 15th – Morgan Hill/San Martin Citywide Garage Sale Days.
Promote the idea of reuse, conserve landfill space and avoid wasting valuable resources – have your own garage sale or shop at over 100 sales in Morgan Hill/San Martin! Visit www.secondchanceweek.com on Friday, September 13th for a list of participating addresses or call 310-4169 for more information. Deadline to apply is Friday, September 6th and online applications can be found on the website.
 
The Garage Sales "bookend" a full week of events. Each day of the week is dedicated to making people aware of different ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Monday 9/9 "Universal Waste Awareness Day" – Properly dispose of consumer electronics, batteries, fluorescent lighting and other mercury containing devices.

Tuesday 9/10 "Freecycle Day" – Keep your unwanted goods out of the landfill by giving them to those who may need them.

Wednesday 9/11 "Donate Coats for Kids & Adults Too Day" – Share your unwanted coats with underprivileged children and their parents.

Thursday 9/12 "Second Sight Day" – Give your old eyeglasses a second chance to serve someone less fortunate.

Friday 9/13 "Recycle Your Cycle Day" – Donate your “gently used” bicycles and we’ll distribute them to local charities.
 
Save the Date

Saturday, September 14, 2019
Morgan Hill Get Fit Run and Family Fun Fest

Starting at 8:00AM
Centennial Recreation Center
171 W. Edmundson
Register online at mhreconline.com


Wednesday, September 25, 2019
2019 Choose Morgan Hill Speaker Series - Retail

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Granada Theatre
17440 Monterey Road

Join Morgan Hill's Economic Development Team for a conversation about national retail trends. Hear from local brokers what is happening in the retail world in Morgan Hill. Join the dialog on how to strengthen existing retail nodes and where to prioritize retail development in Morgan Hill.  

Public Project and Maintenance Updates
Partner Agency News
New PG&E Safety Action Center
PG&E recently launched their Safety Action Center , a new online tool that provides important information on how to improve safety in your homes, businesses, neighborhoods and communities.
The new website outlines important safety steps – like packing emergency kits and creating evacuation plans, signing up for alerts, preparing for a potential power outage and many other important actions that will help make families and communities safer.
Census 2020
The Census Bureau is seeking applicants to assist with the 2020 Census Count.

Mike's Monthly Message
Get your August updates from Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman.

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

Valley Water Monthly Newsletter
Check out the August news from Valley Water District

Call for Applications - Santa Clara County Laureate
(Closes September 27th)
Santa Clara County has an open call for applications for the
2020-2021 Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate is an honorary
position that will elevate poetry in the consciousness of
Santa Clara County residents and help celebrate the literary arts.
Includes moderate stipend.

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
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.

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  environ@morganhill.ca.gov  or call 408-310-4169. Thank you for conserving water! 
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