City of Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Week of September 30, 2018
Hello Morgan Hill!

Have you been down to the Taste of Morgan Hill yet? The Street Dance is still ahead this evening from 7:00PM - 10:00PM and of course there's tomorrow.  For all the details visit the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce website.
This past Thursday the Morgan Hill AAUW hosted a Candidate Forum for the upcoming November 2018 elections.  In case you missed it, a video of the forum is available on the City website.  The beginning of the forum included an overview of district elections and local ballot measures.

We will now be offering walk-in passport services on Tuesdays and Thursday in add ition to passport appointments. Mondays and   Wednesdays will remain appointment only. This means that on Tuesdays and Thursdays we will still take appointments, but we will also take walk-in customers those days. For more information on passport services at Morgan Hill City Hall visit the City website.

This October, participate in National Drug Take Back!

Did you know that you should not flush any medications down the toilet? Although this was a practice used in the past, new studies show that prescription and over-the-counter drugs are not completely removed when passing through waste water treatment plants. Harm to marine and plant life can be caused by improper disposal. Instead bring unwanted or unused medications to the Police Department for a free drop-off.

The Santa Clara County Operational Area had a robust showing in the 2018 Yellow Command  exercise on September 6, 2018 with more than 214 Yellow Command Emergency Operation Center  participants and 89 Yellow Command Shelter Staff participants. 

Below is a brief recap of Morgan Hill's participation:

Morgan Hill City employees, CalFire/Morgan Hill Fire, comm unity volunteers,  and the A merican Red Cross teamed up to participate in a disaster response exercise.  After taking Shelter Fundamentals and Shelter Management courses, they simul ated a catastrophic earthquake scenario.

The exercise team discovered many important takeaways like which will help us prepare further for an earthquake disaster. 

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 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
In case you missed the Candidate Forum on September 27, 2018 you can view it  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! 

Saturday & Sunday, September 29-30, 2018
Taste of Morgan Hill
Downtown Morgan Hill
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.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Library, Culture, and Arts Commission Meeting
7:00 PM
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue

LCAC Commission Meeting Agenda 
LCAC Commission webpage 
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Coffee with a Cop
17105 Walnut Grove, Suite 101
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! 
Wednesday,  October 3 , 2018
City Council 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.

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
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Home Composting Workshop
Community and Cultural Center - Poppy Jasper Room
17000 Monterey Road
Discover the benefits of gardening using your own compost! Learn basic backyard composting techniques in a fun and simple to understand lecture format. Join us for a FREE workshop taught by a Santa Clara County Master Composter. A free compost bin will be given to one lucky participant! Pre-registration is required. Click here to pre-register or call 408.918.4640
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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:

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.

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County House Sharing Program
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County has partnered with the County of Santa Clara to launch a new House Sharing program, providing County residents with more affordable housing options. Catholic Charities-the largest multi-service agency serving individuals and families in need in Santa Clara County for more than 63 years-matches people willing to rent a room in their home with people seeking affordable housing. The agency is the trusted matchmaker to ensure that room providers and renters are screened and compatible.
"We are incredibly excited to be partnering alongside the County of Santa Clara's Office of Supportive Housing for this much needed housing resource for our community," said Lindsey Caldwell, Director of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County Emergency Programs & Housing Services Division. "I believe the House Sharing Program is going to be a great success and will truly assist those in need of housing here in the heart of Silicon Valley."
The County's Board of Supervisors approved a contract of $1.5 million with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County to launch the new House Sharing Program on April 3, 2018. The pilot program has a goal to match 100 households (renters with providers) each year over the next two and a half years.
"We're proud that we can support this working partnership to find creative solutions to our housing crisis," said Supervisor Joe Simitian, President of the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. "If we can expand affordable housing options by matching people with extra space with those who are struggling to find a safe, affordable home, I'm all for it." Simitian noted, "We can have a real impact here without ever pounding a single nail."
What is House Sharing? House Sharing is an arrangement by which two or more unrelated people share a home. This could be a homeowner or renter (House Provider) renting out vacant bedrooms to a person (or persons) seeking housing (Renters). It could also include two or more people renting a home together. Each resident typically has his or her own bedroom but shares the home's common living areas. Bathrooms may be private or shared, depending on the property. No two house sharing situations are alike; each is tailored to the needs and desires of the people involved.
Priority for rooms will be given to County residents with incomes below the area median income. In particular, seniors and young adults may find this a helpful solution to their housing costs. Seniors who are "house rich but cash poor," who own their own homes and have vacant rooms, may find this option not just an attractive source of revenue, but also an opportunity for creating new friendships.
House Sharing is a County program administered by Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities will conduct marketing, outreach, facilitate the housing agreements, screen the House Providers and the Renters through background checks, and will provide advice and support to the participants. The agency operated a similar program in the past. "Catholic Charities is honored to offer a creative way for people of different incomes to make ends meet by sharing the cost of housing, even as we work to create a just and compassionate community," said Gregory R. Kepferle, CEO at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. "We operated a similar House Sharing program for 25 years and are excited to partner with the County to help our residents in need." Based on a national model, House Sharing is an alternative way for people to meet their housing needs that provides numerous benefits to homeowners and renters alike. House Sharing has been successfully implemented in various locations throughout the North Bay, including San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, and Contra Costa.
Individuals interested in participating in the new House Sharing program should call (408) 325-5134 or email For more information, please visit
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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 #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