City of Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Week of September 16, 2018
Dear (Contact First Name),

At the last  Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce Breakfast, City Manager Christina Turner gave a brief update which included an overview of our local ballot measures which will be on the ballot in the upcoming November 2018 election.  Complements of  Morgan Hill Lifeyou can listen to it  here.  For more information about our local ballot measures and the 2018 election visit     

We have made a change to the 
The Scoop - News You Want To Know About Public Projects and Maintenance Activities in Morgan Hill beginning with this week's edition.  In the new and improved "Scoop" you will find the road closures for the week ahead at the very beginning of the  information.  This change was based upon community feedback about what information was most important to them.  We hope you will find this useful and thank you for your feedback!

September is National Preparedness   Month!  
Look for weekly in formation throughout the month on how you and your family can best be prepared.  The perfect time to prepare is 
now...before the disaster happens!

This week's theme is  "Check your Coverage".

Tasks for this week include: 
  1. Check your  insurance coverage and review the  Document and Insure Property guide.
  2. Visit  to learn more about flood insurance and how to protect your home or business.
  3. If you haven't signed up for  AlertSCC   do so TODAY!
We hope you and your family will make it a top priority to PREPARE NOW during the month of September. 
For more information on National Preparedness Month visit our 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. 
In This Issue
Morgan Hill City Hall 
Office Hours
8AM - 5PM
Monday - Friday
17575 Peak Ave 
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
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:
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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: Does the City of Morgan Hill have a local tax on alcohol, medications or tobacco?

A: No, Morgan Hill does not. Local taxation of this is not allowed for  under state law.

Q: Who would appoint the City Clerk if it were an appointive position? Is there a job description?

A: There is not a legal definition of an "appointed" clerk separate from an "elected" clerk as they are essentially the same position. The only difference is how they come to be in that position. Government Code sections 40801 - 40814, the City's municipal code, along with sections from the elections code outline the duties and responsibilities of the City Clerk which would be the same in both situations.

Government Code section 36508 allows the City Council to ask the voters if the elected city clerk position shall be appointed. GC 36510 states that if the measure is passed the appointed position would serve at the pleasure of the City Council, unless the City Council adopts an ordinance that vests the authority to appoint such offices in the City Manager. If the measure passes, the City Council would, at that time, decide if the position were to be appointed by the City Council or if they want to adopt an ordinance vesting that authority in the City Manager. The City, upon passage of the measure, would create a job description for the position and determine who will be appointed to the position.

Q: Doesn't an elected City Clerk position provide for more transparency?

A:  An elected official is accountable to those who elect him or her.  Transparency is ensured by   California's Public Records Act and the Brown Act.  

Q: What will the tax rates be on cannabis if Measure I were approved?

A: Commercial cultivation would be taxed based on the size of plants (square footage of canopy) at a maximum rate of up to $15 per square foot.

All other cannabis businesses could be taxed up to 10% of gross receipts.

Q: Isn't the Cannabis tax just the same as a sales tax? 

A: No, a Cannabis tax would be in addition to sales tax for retails sales.  For manufacturing/cultivation it is a tax based upon square footage.

Q: What is the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) in Gilroy?

A: Gilroy's TOT is currently at 9%. You can view a chart of the TOTs in every City in Santa Clara County  here .

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! 

Sunday,  September 16 , 2018
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month
Fiesta Patrias
Galvan Park
Tuesday,  September 18 , 2018
Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue
Contact City Staff Liaison:   Chris Ghione or 408.782.9154
Wednesday,  September 19,  2018
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month
Family Concert with Jose-Luis Orozco
3:30 PM
Morgan Hill Library
660 W. Main Avenue
Friday, September 21, 2018
Family Overnight in the Park
6:00 PM - 9:00 AM
Community Park - Baseball Fields
171 W Edmundson Avenue
Saturday,  September 22,  2018
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month
Bilingual Family Storytime Craft
10:15 AM
Morgan Hill Library
660 W. Main Avenue
Tuesday, September 25 2018
Gun Violence Ordinance Community Meeting
7:00 PM
City Council Chamber, West Meeting Room
17555 Peak Avenue

 At its March 7, 2018 meeting the City Council adopted a resolution condemning gun violence, and committing to the consideration of common-sense measures to prevent gun violence in Morgan Hill.  Now the Council is seeking direction on several potential measures in furtherance of the Council's goals., including adopting ordinances to prevent gun violence in Morgan Hill. Join us for a community meeting to provide input on draft ordinances meant to prevent gun violence in Morgan Hill 
September 27, 2018
Morgan Hill 2018 Candidate Forum
6:00 Meet Candidates
6:30 Forum
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue

  Meet the candidates for: MH Mayor, MH City Council, State Assembly Dist. 30, and SC County Sheriff

Thursday, September 27
* Meet candidates 6:00 pm
* Forum 6:30 pm
* Morgan Hill City Council Chamber
 17555 Peak Avenue
* Send questions for the candidates to:
  Janet McElroy  @ by Fri. Sept. 20
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Morgan Hill Youth Art Show
10:00AM - 7:00PM 
Pop Up Park 
Corner of Monterey Road and 2nd Street

September 29, 2018
10:00AM to 7:00PM at the Pop Up Park in Downtown Morgan Hill (at the corner of Monterey Road and 2nd Street)

You're invited to the Morgan Hill Youth Art Show, highlighting art by local youth ages 5-13. Art will be displayed throughout the Pop Up Park, giving the community a chance to view the creativity and artistic talent of the youth in Morgan Hill.

To participate:
Register at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center through Thursday, September 27th at 5pm. Registration forms are available at the Community and Cultural Center welcome desk.
Monday, October 1, 2018
PG&E's Community Wildfire Safety Program
2:00PM - 4:00PM
The Best Western Seacliff Inn
7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos Ca

 With the 2018 wildfire season upon us, PG&E is convening informational workshops about their Community Wildfire Safety Program. Attend this workshop to learn more about PG&E's plans and to provide your input.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Coffee with a Cop
Morgan Hill Police to host Coffee with a Cop
Program offers opportunity to meet local officers and discuss community issues.

On Wednesday October 3rd, 2018, officers from Morgan Hill Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 9:00 am on October 3rd, at Starbucks 17105 Walnut Grove Suite 101. Please contact Sgt. Bill Norman with questions: 408 779-2101 or at

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department's work in Morgan Hill's neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship build ing with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

"We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers," said Police Chief David Swing. "These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships."

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Please join us for a cup! 
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Manufacturing Day
The City of Morgan Hill and Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce Morgan Hill's Manufacturing Day 2018.

National Manufacturing Day is celebrated on the first Friday in October.  In Morgan Hill we will be celebrating Manufacturing Day on Thursday October 4, 2018.  Please join us and our local business community in understanding the valuable role manufacturing plays in career and product development.  The day will be kick started with a Manufacturing panel hosted at the Community and Cultural Center at 8:30 am.  The balance of the day will be dedicated to four Manufacturing Tours including; Anritsu Company, Creative Manufacturing Solutions, Wolfspeed and Bruce's Custom Covers.

We hope you can join us for this special day in October.  For more information on tours, locations and how you can be involved please visit
October 24, 2018
Anderson Dam Project Meeting
Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center
17000 Monterey St
6:30 PM
Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project will have its next meeting on October 24th. At this meeting, we will be discussing the EIR process and schedule, and presenting potential mitigation projects.

It's more important than ever to put only the right stuff into your recycling cart here in Morgan Hill! And it's equally important to keep out the things that can't be recycled.


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: 

Over 5,000 volunteer poll workers needed for Election Day;
Bilingual and English Positions Earn up to $200
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. - Lady Liberty is coming to town; you might spot her on the side of the bus or in your daily newspaper, beckoning you to "Give a Day to Democracy." The 12-foot-long bus banners -- along with print, online, radio and television ads -- are part of an eight-week multimedia and multicultural advertising campaign the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters' Office kicked off this week. It is a call to action and a recruitment effort, spurred by the agency's need for over 5,000 volunteer poll workers to serve in 849 polling places for the November 6, 2018 General Election.

"We wanted to evoke everyone's love of country and sense of patriotism to serve the voters' needs on Election Day," said Registrar of Voters Shannon Bushey. "Service as a poll worker is a tremendous opportunity to give back to the community and support our democracy's most essential freedom, the right to vote."

Poll workers will be stationed at polling places throughout the County on Election Day to answer procedural questions and otherwise help voters exercise their voting rights.

Bilingual volunteers are needed in 19 different languages, including Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Tagalog, Korean, Russian, Farsi, Punjabi, Japanese, Hindi, Telugu, Portuguese, Khmer, Syriac, Tamil, Gujarati and Nepali. English-only volunteers also are needed.

Anyone can be a poll worker as long as they are a U.S. citizen and registered voter, a legal permanent resident 18 or older, or a high school student who is at least 16 years old and has both parental and principal permission. Poll workers will receive a stipend of up to $200 for their services, with a bonus for being bilingual. Training is provided and classes are filling up.

Those interested in volunteering are urged to act immediately by calling the Poll Worker Hotline at 1-408-918-9140, by e-mailing, or by applying online at

Media outlets that would like to capture footage of poll worker recruitment or training should call the Registrar of Voters' media line at 408-282-3008.

September 2018 VTA Connections Newsletter

Valley Transportation Authority.  Solutions that move you. 
Santa Clara Valley Water District News: August 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 August 2018!
Asset #21: Achievement Motivation

Tips to Help You Implement Asset #21: Achievement Motivation
  • Ask your youth for their report cards and follow up with their teachers on those classes with low grades. Ask for tips on how you can support them.
  • Get involved in their school parent meetings and events and volunteer to be a tutor, coach or mentor.
  • Offer a reasonable reward to increase or maintain their grades such as cooking their favorite food or taking them to the movies or one of their favorite places.
  • Think of all the ways we can define success in school.
  • Encourage students to find a passion.
  • Try to make the learning environment as welcoming as possible.
  • Make learning applicable to life.

  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