October 22, 2021
Hello Morgan Hill!
This Thursday, Oct. 28, marks a special event for the City!
We are pleased to welcome the community to:
Dementia-Friendly South County: A Dementia Awareness & Response Event

Join us to connect with research, healthcare, and government leaders as we consider an effective and compassionate response to this critical public health issue. It’s time to humanize dementia and create a framework for change. Let’s respond together!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 28, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Event Flyer

Dial-In: 669-900-9128, Meeting ID 851 9315 7745
FACEBOOK Livestream: www.facebook.com/morganhillengage
City Engagement
Starting Saturday, October 23, 2021
With the chance of strong rain this weekend, the City would like to take this opportunity to remind residents about the possibility of flooding in your area.

Please check out the City of Morgan Hill's Flood Information and recently published 2021 Flood Report. While it may be tough to think of flooding in the middle of a drought, it can't be overlooked!

Also, Saturday marks the beginning of Flood Week, which extends through October 30. Let's all get in the mindset to Be Prepared.

Not every part of California experiences every type of flooding, but the results of each is the same: without proper preparedness, lives, homes, infrastructure, and agriculture are lost, and damage to the environment and economy is likely. 

Here are some resources to help you think about what preparations are right for you, your family, and your home:
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Environmental Services
Home Composting Workshop, 10 a.m. - Noon

Join us in the Madrone Room at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for a free Home Composting workshop.

Taught by a Santa Clara County Master Composter, the workshop covers basic, backyard composting techniques in a fun and simple format.

Pre-registration is required. Call 408-918-4640 or register online to attend in person: https://ucanr.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_820bLemnuUKQmHk. The workshop will also be live-streamed for those who pre-register. Zoom link will be provided upon registration completion. Must be 18 or older to attend.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Planning Commission Meeting

The City of Morgan Hill’s Development Services Department recently issued a notice that the Morgan Hill Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on the MONTEREY-MINER (JEMCOR) apartment project.

This 7.5-acre project is located along Monterey Road at Madrone Parkway, at the California Tow and Salvage site. The workforce housing project is comprised of 249 multi-family, income-adjusted units and includes open space, amenities, and a clubhouse. It is processing under State Density Bonus Law and Senate Bill 330 (SB330); environmental review is underway and will require a Design Review Permit.
The Planning Commission Meeting will be live-streamed on Facebook, Channel 17, and the City’s website. Those members of the public wishing to participate remotely may do so at https://bit.ly/PlanningCommissionMtg or by calling 669-900-9128, then enter the meeting id: 862 0324 6251.

For more information, visit the project webpage. For a refresher on SB330’s state-mandated housing requirements, visit the City’s webpage covering the topic.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Environmental Services

The City of Morgan Hill's Environmental Services Division is hosting a Business Community Meeting to receive feedback on two new proposed ordinances.

October 27, 2021, 3:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting on Zoom
Meeting passcode: 169011
Or dial 669-900-9128 and enter the meeting ID: 881 0413 2717.

Information about the meeting and ordinances can be found on the City's meeting information webpage.
Mandatory Organic Waste Disposal Reduction Ordinance: This ordinance enforces SB 1383, which requires residents and businesses to separate their organic wastes from the trash and participate in organic waste recycling programs. It also requires many restaurants and institutions to participate in edible food rescue programs. These City ordinances will affect how residents and businesses manage organic wastes.
Refuse and Recycling Enclosure Ordinance: This ordinance updates development standards for new and existing refuse and recycling enclosures and includes temporary compliance standards to meet the new Organic Waste Disposal requirements.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
City Council Meeting - Canceled

Join the next City Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Virtual Town Hall - Canceled

Join the next Virtual Town Hall scheduled for Thursday, November 11, 5:30 p.m.

Please consider instead joining the City at the Dementia-Friendly South County: A Dementia Awareness & Response Event, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Event Flyer.

Dial-In: 669-900-9128, Meeting ID 851 9315 7745
FACEBOOK Livestream: www.facebook.com/morganhillengage
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Cafecito Con Edith
Virtual (Zoom): 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Learn what's going on in Morgan Hill during the City's virtual Zoom presented in Spanish. This is an opportunity for our Spanish-speaking neighbors to learn about City services and programs. Join Edith Ramirez, Assistant City Manager, Development Services. Flyers are available in English and Spanish.
Join the conversation to:
  • Learn about programs that City Hall offers
  • Find out about new projects that are under construction
  • Get help accessing City services for yourself or your family
  • Find out how you can be more involved
Saturday, October 30, 2021
City Council Redistricting

You have a once-in-a-decade opportunity to shape Morgan Hill’s City Council Districts! Following the census, cities with council districts need to review and redraw those districts. Stop by and learn how you can shape Morgan Hill City Council Districts!

Next Event is In-Person:
Sat., October 30, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Peet’s Coffee, 755 Cochrane Rd., Suite 100.

The new City Council District Maps need to be adopted in April 2022, affecting the November 2022 election. We will be collecting maps and feedback from residents about communities of interest through January 2022. To find out which district you live in, go to morgan-hill.ca.gov/1682/City-Council-DistrictsFor general information and upcoming meeting dates, visit MorganHillRedistricting2021.com.

To sign up for updates and information about the redistricting process and future public meetings, please email redistricting2021@morganhill.ca.gov.

Redistricting flyers in English and Spanish.
Starting November 1, 2021
Edmundson Creek & Paradise Pathway Trees

Starting the week of November 1, there will be 17 trees along Edmundson Creek, and Paradise Pathway removed due to drought and disease.

Pine trees are no longer suitable for non-irrigated areas in Morgan Hill. This, coupled with pitch moth disease, is weakening the trees and will eventually cause them to die. This project will remove the sickest trees.

The City intends to replant and replace the pine trees with new oak trees that are more suitable for the area and climate conditions. To move forward with the replanting, we need residents to commit to adopting and watering these new trees for five years through the establishment period.

Please contact Keri at keri.russell@morgnhill.ca.gov for more information. 
Class Starts Friday, November 12, 2021
Red Cross Blended Learning Lifeguarding Class
  • Friday, November 12, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, November 13 and 14, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Morgan Hill Aquatic Center, 16200 Condit Rd.
  • Full details in class information flyer

Attendees need to finish the online training before the first class session on November 12th.

Based on the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Program, this course will certify students in Lifeguarding, CPR, and AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid. Students must be 15 years of age by the last day of class and pass a swimming pre-test. Attendance at every class is required.

Register online at www.mhreconline.com, contact Anna Bielecki at 408-310-4251 for questions.
Save the Date
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Valley Water’s Office of Government Relations invites the public to join elected officials and community leaders from Silicon Valley to discuss addressing the drought!

Let’s tackle this challenge together! Pre-register here: https://delivr.com/2d6k5 and watch for more details coming soon. Event flyer includes a QR scan code and more information.
Starting Monday, October 25, 2021
High Speed Rail Authority Hosts
Community Working Group Meetings

Members of the public are welcome to attend the Community Working Group meetings. The Authority staff will provide Northern California and Statewide updates, including a review of the process leading up to the release of the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement. There will also be a presentation on the latest Sustainability Report and an update from our partners at Caltrain. Click date/time links for agendas and presentations:

Additional information is available at www.hsr.ca.gov.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
County of Santa Clara
Behavioral Health Services
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m.
Register Today!

The Prevention Services Division is hosting a panel discussion on mental illness and substance use in youth, especially prevention and intervention strategies to increase support and enhance communication. See the event flyer with a registration link and contact details for any questions.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Q Corner & Santa Clara County's Office of LGBTQ Affairs

Have Halloween fun at the LGBTQ+ History Month "Trivia-or-Treat" on Thursday, October 28, at 3:30 p.m.! The event flyer has additional details.

Trivia! Community! Hype! Prizes! Join us on Zoom for a "night" of fun, with your costumes and camera on, ready to celebrate Halloween and test your local Santa Clara County LGBTQ+ history. Featuring the return of MC Mega Chill and DJ Slice of Life. RSVP for free at: http://bit.ly/TriviaOrTreat2021. We can't wait to see you there!
Saturday and Sunday, October 30 & 31, 2021
Morgan Hill Historical Society Hosts
Public Dia De Los Muertos Altars
11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Event Flyer

Several altars will be available for the community to share, starting on Saturday, Oct. 30th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 31st, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The altars will be on the grounds leading up to the Morgan Hill House on the Villa Mira Monte site, at 17860 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA.
Contribute to our Community Altars and take some time remembering those who have departed. Stay and learn a little more about the traditions and history behind constructing an altar for Dia De Los Muertos.
  • Free children activities provided.
  • Any items placed on the altars will not be returned; copies of photographs only, please. 
  • Even though this event is outside, please wear a mask within any of our buildings.
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Rotary Club of Morgan Hill
Accepting Grant Applications Through Oct. 31

The grant application is available at:

Rotary Club of Morgan Hill supports organizations that operate free clinics, helps purchase school supplies for children in need, teaches children the fun and appreciation of art, provides musical concerts to elder care facilities, educates the community about rehabilitating endangered wildlife, and much more through its two grant programs, the Community Grant and Hearts of Rotary Grant.
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Jazz @ Gavilan Returns
to the Gavilan College Theater

After taking a break last year, the Jazz @ Gavilan Concert returns to the Gavilan College Theater this fall. This year the show will feature two groups: Gavilan faculty member, pianist Dahveed Behroozi's ensemble, and Los Angeles based pianist Vardan Ovsepian's ensemble. 

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Gavilan College Theater at 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy, CA 95046
General Admission is $20, and students get in for FREE with their Student ID

Tickets: brownpapertickets.com, Gavilan College Bookstore, and BookSmart in Morgan Hill.
City Maintenance Projects
Community Connections
Sidewalk Saturdays Are Back!

Just in time for holiday shopping!
Saturdays through December 18
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
E. 3rd Street, Downtown Morgan Hill

Support local and shop small at our outdoor retail market.

Handmade, Health & Beauty,
Natural Products, and More!
It is Energy Awareness Month!

Extreme heat and wildfires cause strains on the power grid and increase the risk of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS).

Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) has programs to increase your home’s energy resilience and preparedness. Having emergency backup power during an outage can keep crucial devices on when the grid goes down. Adding a portable power station to your home’s emergency kit is a good option for those at risk of shutoffs.

SVCE customers can get $50 off eligible portable power stations right now through the Appliances Assistant.

Buy yours today at https://bit.ly/power-stations-50. Installing a battery with a home solar system can keep your lights on when a PSPS event hits. SVCE has two programs available for customers to learn about, receive incentives for, and install home solar+battery storage. Explore your options today at www.svcleanenergy.org/resilience/.
American Association
of University Women

Save the Date and Start Training!
AAUW's 39th Annual Wildflower Run
March 27, 2022
Live Oak High School

Annual event funds local scholarships,
local grants, STEM programs,
and more!

Interested in Sponsoring?
Contact Amy Whelan, sponsors@wildflowerrun.org.

Vaccinations & Testing Sites

DePaul Health Center in Morgan Hill offers vaccines. The site is open to anyone 12 or older who needs a vaccination, as well as anyone eligible for a booster shot. 

The site is open six days a week. Book an appointment by visiting vax.sccgov.org or calling 408-970-2000, or drop-in during operating hours (appointments are not required). Site details are available in FLYER (PDF).

COVID TESTING is Available at the Morgan Hill Council Chamber

1st & 3rd Tuesday of Each Month - The next date is November 2

17555 Peak Avenue, Morgan Hill, 95037
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Schedule an appointment here.

The City's website includes a more detailed list of testing and vaccination sites in Morgan Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy.
Food Resources

Morgan Hill Resources:

Gavilan College:
5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy, CA 95020. On the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Thursday every month, drive-thru food distribution is available. Register online at www.gavilan.edu/foodpantry.
Ongoing Rental Assistance and Housing Support Programs

Santa Clara County Housing Help
Project Sentinal and the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley provide services for those in need of housing help. View the flyer for information regarding services available.

State Program: Rent Relief for Renters & Landlords
Qualifying renters and landlords are eligible for 100 percent of rent and utilities owed, even if they already participated in the 80 percent program. Full program details and the application in different languages are available.

Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System
Rental assistance is available for extremely low-income residents. Eligible residents will receive assistance to help pay rent and may also qualify for additional funds to meet other basic needs. View the flyer for eligibility requirements and more info.
Stay Connected
Your Morgan Hill
Morgan Hill City Hall 
Office Hours

The Civic Center area is open to the public: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

All individuals - employees and visitors - must wear a mask while indoors in all City facilities, regardless of vaccination status.
State and County Health Information

Elected Officials

County Supervisor
District 1: Mike Wasserman

California State Assembly District 30: 

California State Senate District 17: 

U.S. Congressional District 19: 

City of Morgan Hill Commissions:

City of Morgan Hill Advisory Committees: