City of Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Week of September 2, 2018

Happy Labor Day Weekend!  We hope you will have a fun and safe weekend ahead!
As a reminder, City Hall will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day.  Emergency Public Safety and Public Works services will be available throughout the weekend. CAL FIRE urges caution this weekend and asks the public to take steps prevent new fires and stay safe. Please see all recommended weekend safety measures in the body of this email.

If you've been thinking about having a garage sale, Morgan Hill's Citywide Garage Sale Weekend is coming up September 8 & 9 as the kickoff to the 16th Annual Second Chance Week.   It's not to late to s ign up to have your garage sale listed with other Morgan Hill garage sales  (the deadline has been extended)! Further information about Second Chance Week can be found in the body of this email.

Election season is upon us  we have added an additional block to the Weekly 411 for November 2018 Election Information and Updates. We have also added a new page to the City website with all the local election information. Locally, we have three ballot measures this election and it will also be the first time we elect our council members by district.  We are inviting you to share your questions about the ballot measures with us by emailing Maureen Tobin.  We will respond to you directly and also share the questions and answers in the Weekly 411 and on the City website.

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

This week's theme is "Make and Practice Your Plan".  Tasks for this week include"
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.

Thank you once again the to the Leadership Morgan Hill Class of 2018 for the beautiful and inspirational artwork on several of the City utility boxes!  We have heard so many compliments and the project even made the news on NBC Bay Area's "Today in the Bay"! 

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
Advisory Commissions:

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


State of California


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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.  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 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 City website.

Measure H - Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT)
Shall the Morgan Hill ordinance providing funding, that cannot be taken by the State, for city services including, 9-1-1 emergency response times, neighborhood police patrols, and crime prevention; to repair potholes and maintain city streets; and for unrestricted general revenue purposes, by increasing the ongoing transient occupancy tax charged to hotel guests from 10% to 11%, providing approximately $270,000 annually, requiring financial audits, and all funds staying in Morgan Hill, be adopted?

Measure I - Cannabis Tax
Shall the Morgan Hill ordinance, to fund general municipal expenses such as police, fire, roads, recreation, and drug abuse prevention, by taxing cannabis (marijuana) businesses at annual rates not to exceed $15.00 per canopy square foot for cultivation (adjustable for inflation) and up to 10% of gross receipts for all other cannabis businesses, which is expected to generate an estimated $340,000 to $750,000 annually and will be levied until repealed by the voters, be adopted?

Measure J - Appointed City Clerk
Shall the office of City Clerk be appointive?

Please visit our website for 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! 

Wednesday,  September 5, 2018
City Council Meeting
Morgan Hill 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.
Tuesday,  September 4, 2018
Library, Culture and Arts Commission Meeting
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue
Contact City Staff Liaison: Chris Ghione or 408.782.9154
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Coffee with the Mayor
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
1295 E. Dunne Avenue, Suite 120

Join the Mayor and his guest, Council member Caitlin Robinett Jachimowicz for coffee at BookSmart.

1295 East Dunne Avenue, Suite 120, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

The Mayor buys the coffee and you bring your questions, comments and concerns. 

We hope to see you there.
September 8 - 16, 2018
16th Annual Second Chance Week

September 8th & 9th - Morgan Hill/San Martin 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  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 31st and online applications can be found on the website.
September 15th & 16th - Gilroy 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 Gilroy! Visit for a list of participating addresses or call 310-4169 for more information. Deadline to apply is Friday, September 7th and online applications
can be found on the website.
The Garage Sales "bookend" a full week of events known as "Second Chance Week". Each day of the week is dedicated to making people aware of different ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Monday 9/10 "Universal Waste Awareness Day" - Properly dispose of consumer electronics, batteries, fluorescent lighting and other mercury containing devices.

Tuesday 9/11 "Freecycle Day" - Keep your unwanted goods out of the landfill by giving them to those who may need them.

Wednesday 9/12 "Donate Coats for Kids & Adults Too Day" - Share your unwanted coats with underprivileged children and their parents.

Thursday 9/13 "Second Sight Day" - Give your old eyeglasses a second chance to serve someone less fortunate.

Friday 9/14 "Recycle Your Cycle Day" - Donate your "gently used" bicycles and we'll distribute them to local charities.
Link to more info:

September 26, 2018
Morgan Hill CERT Training

CERT training provides basic education on disaster preparedness and response skills related to fire safety, light search and rescue, emergency medical operations, as well as community response team organization and disaster psychology. The training concludes with students participating in a hands on a disaster simulation.
There are no physical requirements; all ages are welcome. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Students can earn community service hours.
Classes will be held Wednsday and Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm. from September 27th through October 17th. A disaster simulation and graduation will be held on Saturday, October 20th.
Contact Jennifer Ponce with any questions.


Water usage by Morgan Hill homes goes up by 72% each summer as we increase our irrigation in response to the hot summer weather. Now's the time to check your irrigation system to eliminate leaks and ensure efficient water use.

Get Started on your Irrigation System Inspection
  • Controller programming. Program your controller following the odd/even address, three day a week schedule. Visit to find your water days. Each irrigation station may run up to 15 minutes unless it's a drip or soaker line. All irrigation must occur before 9am or after 7pm - when evaporation is lowest.
  • Individual sprinkler heads. Make sure sprinkler heads are intact and check for leaks, cracks, or clogs. Manually turn on your sprinklers to evaluate if the system is working properly. Fix leaks promptly.
  • Irrigation delivery. Check for shrubs, lawn furniture, walls, fences, or other structures that might be blocking the water spray. Make sure the water is being distributed over grass and plants, not sidewalks or driveways.
  • Pipeline integrity. Sprinkler pipes and drip lines that are punctured or torn can leak a substantial amount of water. Visually inspect for leaks and repair any cracks, punctures, and tears you find.
Find More Ways to Save
The Santa Clara Valley Water District offers Morgan Hill residents many ways to save water and money!
  • DIY Indoor Leak Check Kit: Learn how to evaluate your indoor water use. Call (408) 630-2554 or click here to receive a step-by-step guide to perform your own leak check, including: Flow rate bag for shower and sink test, dye tablets for toilet leak test, and water pipeline leak test.
  • Landscape Rebate Program: Replace old nozzles and sprinkler bodies with qualifying high-efficient models, upgrade old irrigation timer to a smart, weather-based irrigation controller, and convert high-water using landscape to drought-tolerant and native plants. Click here to get started.
  • Free Water-Wise Outdoor Survey: The Santa Clara Valley Water District offers Morgan Hill residents a free outdoor survey with a trained irrigation professional, including an on-site irrigation evaluation, a detailed inspection report, and more. Click here for more information.


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: 

CAL FIRE urges caution this Labor Day Weekend.
Public asked to take steps to prevent new fires and stay safe.
CONTACT: Public Information Duty Officer 408-201-4378 RELEASE DATE: August 30, 2018  
As Labor Day weekend approaches, millions of people will visit outdoor recreation areas throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and California. In anticipation of the increased outdoor activities, CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit fire officials are urging everyone to exercise extreme caution and be safe this holiday weekend.

Wildfires continue to burn throughout the state of California and much of the state remains at high risk for wildfires. Over 875,000 acres have burned in California since 1 January 2018. The potential for additional large, destructive fires only increases as we approach fall. Residents and visitors to the recreational areas of the San Francisco Bay Area and California need to be extremely cautious and avoid starting any new fires while enjoying the last long weekend of summer. 

As a reminder, the burn ban that the CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit issued on August 8, 2018 is still in effect. This ban includes all burning in the State Responsibility Areas within Santa Clara, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties and the Western portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. However, private property and incorporated cities are excluded from the burn ban. 

These restrictions continue to prohibit the use of open fires, campfires and charcoal fires in the State Responsibility Area and will remain in effect until cancelled. Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or a designated Campfire Use Site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

*Obtain a campfire permit ( 
*Check for local fire restrictions 
*Clear away grass, leaves and other debris within a 10-foot perimeter of any campfire 
*Have a responsible person in attendance at all times 
*Ensure all campfires are completely extinguished before leaving *When barbequing, never leave the grill unattended 

Fire is not the only danger that can occur in the outdoors, as water drownings also increase dramatically during this holiday weekend. Rivers and lakes run fast and cold, making them very dangerous. Following a few simple steps could save someone's life. 

In the Water
*Always wear a life jacket! 
*Children should always be supervised by a responsible adult *Never swim alone   
*Be cautious of rivers and waterways with rapid currents 
*Drinking and swimming can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving 

For more ways to be safe during the Labor Day Weekend visit the CAL FIRE website at at

The Census Bureau is Hiring

The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring field representatives in your area and we're asking you to help us.
The Census Bureau conducts more than 130 surveys every year. Our ability to conduct continuous surveys - other than the once-a-decade population count - depends on survey takers in the field and our Regional Offices are hiring these workers.
Even though we are gearing up to hire workers for the 2020 Census, we still need field representatives for our other ongoing surveys. This is where you can help!
Encourage members of your community to be a part of our team - benefits include flexible hours, meeting people and working outside of the office environment.
Field Representatives perform a variety of vital functions, such as updating address lists and maps; conducting interviews with residents in assigned areas; explaining the purpose of the census interview; and answering residents' questions. Hours of work for field positions will vary - some require employees to work during the day to see addresses on buildings, while others require interviewing the public usually in the evening and on weekends.
For more information, go to:

Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency Public Advisory Committee Vacancy

The Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency Public Advisory Committee assists the Agency in implementing the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan. 

The Agency is currently seeking a Committee Member from the business and development community. If you are interested in being considered for appointment to the Public Advisory Committee please find further information and the application on the Agency website
If you have any questions about the PAC or the Agency please contact Edmund Sullivan, Executive Officer of the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency at or 408.779.7265.

Open Space Authority Measure Q Expenditure Oversight Committee Vacancy

The Open Space Authority has a vacancy and is seeking persons interested in serving on its MQEOC.


People interested in being considered for the MQEOC should submit a completed application, include a cover letter describing your qualifications for the position of interest and why you are interested in serving on the MQEOC, and any additional information about your experience to the Authority's Office at 33 Las Colinas Lane, San Jose, CA 95119. 

More information can be obtained by contacting the Authority via  email  or by calling 408-224-7476.

To be eligible for consideration, prospective committee members shall be a resident within the Authority's jurisdiction who are neither elected officials of any government, nor employees from any agency or organization that directly benefits financially from the proceeds of the parcel tax.  Members cannot be members of the Authority Board of Directors, the Authority's Citizens' Advisory Committee, or be a member of paid staff (regular, temporary, or seasonal).

August 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!
Santa Clara Valley Water District: Landscape Rebate Program
The Santa Clara Valley Water District has funds available and is offering Morgan Hill utility customers rebates up to $3,000 for replacing high water using plants with approved low water using plants, mulch, and/or permeable hardscape or for an irrigation equipment upgrade. Commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-family properties can receive rebates up to $30,000 ($3,000 for multi-family).  Pre-approval is required, please call 408.630.2554 for  details and an application or click here to get started. Get paid to save money and water year after year!
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