City of Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Week of September 9, 2018

Happy Weekend Morgan Hill!   Second Chance Week has begun with two days of Morgan Hill garage sales...both today and Sunday!  Further information about Second Chance Week can be found on the City website and in the body of this email.  Give your "stuff" a second chance this week!

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins Saturday, September 15.  D uring National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States ...and Morgan Hill... and celebrate their heritage and culture.  We invite the whole community to join in the celebration with a variety of community activities  beginning this Tuesday, September 11 with a performance by  Mariachi Los Toritos at the Morgan Hill Library. 

Just a reminder that 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 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 "Learn Life Saving Skills" .
Tasks for this week include"
  1. Know basic home maintenance to protect your family and home. Learn how to mitigate your home against flood damage, or protect against the impacts of earthquakes.
  2. Learn how to turn off utilities like natural gas in your home.
  3. Put smoke alarms on every level of your home, test them monthly, and replace them when they are 10 years old.
  4. Know the ways to keep your home safe from cooking, heating & electrical fires.
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. 
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Office Hours
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Monday - Friday
17575 Peak Ave 
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
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California State Assembly District 30: 

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U.S. Congressional District 19: 

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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 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.


From Susan F

Regarding ELECTIONS.... I live in District C. Since the City Council candidates are in Districts B and D, does that mean I will not be voting for a candidate?
That is correct. In this election only registered voters that live in Districts B and D will be voting for city council member candidates.  All voters will be able to vote for mayoral candidates.  

More information about our City Council Districts can be found on the City website, including a interactive map to determine which  City Council District you live in.  A reminder that the School District Districts are different from the City Council Districts.

From Rich S.
I  have a question about 'Measure I" that  'implies' that cannabis (marijuana) is legal(to grow and sell) in Morgan Hill....I don't remember any 'statute, measure', etc.  that passed saying it was 'legal' in the MH city(only that it was being 'studied)....or is this a 'roundabout' Progressive way to make it 'legal' ?  BTW..I am not surprised that this is the direction the MH City is going....always after matter the 'health' of the community.
The City Council has made no decision on legalizing commercial cannabis related activity ( in Morgan Hill. Measure I, if passed, would only provide the mechanism to tax for these activities, if made legal.  Making them legal is a separate step and not guaranteed through the passage of this ballot measure.

More information about Measure I can be found on the City's website , including the impartial legal analysis and the argument in favor of .  No arguments against  Measure I  were submitted.

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! 

September 5, 2018
1.) The City Council considered the Cities Association of Santa Clara County Board of Directors' request of each City Council and the County Board of Supervisors to support the concept of forming a Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Sub-Region and forward the city's response to the Cities Association Board of Directors by September 28, 2018.
2.) Adopted a resolution of support for the creation of a RHNA Sub-Region.

The City Council adopted a resolution authorizing the City to apply to the Santa Clara County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) for an amendment to the City's Urban Service Area (USA) boundary, as proposed in application USA2018-0001: Tennant-South County Catholic High School, to include approximately 64.56 acres located on both sides of Murphy Avenue between Barrett Avenue and Tennant Avenue (APNs: 817-17-001, -025, -026; 817-13-008, -011, and -037).

The City Council adopted an ordinance amending the Competition Manual for the Residential Development Control System (RDCS) and establishing the available allotments for the 2018 Competition Year.

1.) The City Council adopted a Resolution of Necessity determining that the public interest and necessity require the acquisition by eminent domain of real property from Pacific Gas and Electric Company for the Hale Avenue Extension Project; 
2.) The City Council authorized the City Attorney to file suit in eminent domain with respect to the property. 
3.) Approve the expenditure of $869,000 for properties for deposit into the State Condemnation Deposit Fund.
Video of the entire meeting
Tuesday,  September 11 , 2018
Planning Commission Meeting
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue
Contact City Staff Liaison:  Terry LInder or 408.778.6480
Tuesday,  September 11 , 2018
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month
Mariachi Los Toritos Performance
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Morgan Hill Library
660 W. Main Avenue
Wednesday,  September 12 , 2018
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month
Loteria Game Night
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Morgan Hill Library
660 W. Main Avenue
Saturday,  September 15 , 2018
Coastal Cleanup 
9:00AM - 12:00PM
City Corporation Yard
100 Edes Court

Sunday,  September 16 , 2018
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month
Fiesta Patrias
Galvan Park
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:

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 Chambers
* 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.

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: 

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