October 8, 2021
Hello Morgan Hill!
Do 1 Thing”
Emergency Preparedness Campaign
October’s Focus: Power

This month’s goal: Power
 
Do 1 Thing” is a 12-month program that makes it easy to prepare yourself, your family, and our community for emergencies and disasters because preparedness tasks are broken down into small, manageable steps. Each month Morgan Hill’s Office of Emergency Services releases a new educational YouTube video (October’s) to help you complete the program. 
City Engagement
Public Meetings Continuing October 8, 2021

Redistricting


Completion of the 2020 Census is prompting the City of Morgan Hill to redraw its boundary lines that determine which voters are represented by each electoral district. Multiple meetings are coming up in the next six weeks, both in-person and virtual, for residents to learn about the process and get directly involved.

  • In-Person: Friday, October 8, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Downtown Amphitheatre, 17000 Monterey Road, the City is hosting an informational booth during the Chamber of Commerce’s Friday Night Music Series.

  • In-Person: Sunday, October 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – St. Catherine’s Church, 17400 Peak Avenue, Informational booth available following both the English and Spanish masses.

  • Virtual: Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. – Community Workshop, Join Via Zoom: https://bit.ly/Communitytownhall or call 669-900-9128; Webinar ID: 828 0731 925.

The redistricting process will take place over the next several months through March 2022. To find out which district you live in, visit morgan-hill.ca.gov/1682/City-Council-DistrictsVisit MorganHillRedistricting2021.com for more community meetings dates and get the latest on redistricting and what you can do to be heard in the upcoming elections.

To sign up for updates and information about the redistricting process and future public meetings, please email redistricting2021@morganhill.ca.gov.
Saturday, October 9, 2021
FREE COVID-19 & Flu Vaccine Clinic
A partnership program from
the City of Morgan Hill and Safeway

Saturday, October 9, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road


Appointments are encouraged; however, walk-ups are welcome. Flu shots and first, second, and third COVID-19 doses are available.

Third doses are available for:
  • Severely immunocompromised people
  • Individuals 65 years of age and older;
  • Residents of long-term care facilities;
  • Individuals 50 through 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions;
  • Individuals 18 through 49 years of age with underlying medical conditions based on individual benefit and risk.
  • Underlying medical conditions may include, but are not limited to:
  • Cancer, cerebrovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, COPD, diabetes, heart conditions, obesity (BMI>30), smoking

To make an appointment:



Saturday, October 9 and Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Downtown Walking Tours
Monterey Road Traffic Calming
and Beautification Project

Join us for two guided walking tours of Downtown Morgan Hill! Learn more about the Downtown Lane Reduction and Beautification Project.

Tour #1
Saturday, October 9, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Meet us for a cup of coffee at the 3rd Street Plaza under the oak tree. We will then proceed with the guided walking tour.

Please note that this walking tour will replace both the Cafecito con Edith and the City Table at the Farmers' Market previously scheduled for Saturday, October 9.

Tour #2
Wednesday, October 13, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Meet us for ice cream at La Playa Ice Cream, 17415 Monterey Road, Suite B. We will then proceed with the guided walking tour. 

For more details, please visit the City's website.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Planning Commission Meeting
 
The Planning Commission meetings are live-streamed on Channel 17 and the City’s website. 
 
Members of the public wishing to participate remotely may do so via the virtual meeting link, https://bit.ly/PlanningCommissionMtg, or call 669-900-9128, then enter the meeting identification: 835 3245 9219.

Public comment for Planning Commission meetings is accepted via email to pcpubliccomment@morganhill.ca.gov. Members of the public participating in the virtual meeting wishing to speak may do so during public comment. 
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Virtual Town Hall - Canceled
Friday, October 15, 2021
City / School Liaison Committee Meeting
 
Community members who would like to participate in the meetings remotely may do so by joining the virtual meeting at https://bit.ly/MHCity-SchoolLiaisonMtg or by calling
669-900-9128, then enter the webinar id: 852 4065 6291#.
 
Public comment may be provided in the following ways:
  • Join the virtual City Council meeting via the link above; when public comment is opened, raise your virtual hand and be called upon to speak for up to 3 minutes
  • Join the virtual meeting by calling the number above, dial *9 to raise your hand, and be called upon to speak for up to 3 minutes
  • Send public comments in writing to the City Clerk at ccpubliccomment@morganhill.ca.gov.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Library, Culture & Arts Commission Presents: Under One Sky,
We are One Morgan Hill Family

October 16, 2021, 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center 

The Morgan Hill Library, Culture, and Arts Commission invites you to celebrate cultural diversity in Morgan Hill with music and dance performances, educational demonstrations, and fusion food trucks. The event will also feature works from the 4th Annual Morgan Hill Youth Art Show, highlighting art by local youth ages 5-13. Flyers are available in English and Spanish. For more info, contact Poonam Chabra, libraryculturearts_commission@morganhill.ca.gov, or call/text 408-310-3515.
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.

This two-hour workshop, taught by a Santa Clara County Master Composter, teaches basic backyard composting techniques in a fun and simple to understand lecture 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.
Save the Date
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Morgan Hill Steve Tate Library Dedication
& Expansion Celebration
10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Event Flyer

Please join us to celebrate our new Children’s Activity Room. Family scavenger hunt and crafts are available until the library closes at 6 p.m.

660 W. Main Ave., Morgan Hill
10:30 a.m. - Meet & Greet, Snacks & Booksale
10:45 a.m. - Dedication with event emcee: Larry Carr
11:15 a.m. - Library Expansion Celebration

Speakers during the dedication:
Rich Constantine, Morgan Hill Mayor
Carol O’Hare, Friends of the Morgan Hill Library
Heather Geddes, Community Librarian
Ria Deshpande & Vaishnavi Muralidharan, Youth Action Council
Mike Wasserman, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Calling All Art Lovers: Morgan Hill Plein Air
 
Paintings will be created, exhibited, and judged in ONE day!
 
Approximately 15 award-winning artists from across the Bay Area will convene in Morgan Hill to create two paintings each, depicting scenes of Morgan Hill. Watch them paint throughout the day, then celebrate what they have created at the evening reception. The event is free and open to the public.
 
Event Timeline:
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Artists will be painting at Clos LaChance Vineyard
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Artists will be painting around Downtown Morgan Hill
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Reception at Colibri Gallery
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Friends of the Morgan Hill Library
Fall Book Sale
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.- Event Flyer

660 W. Main Ave., Morgan Hill
The sale takes place outside in the front of the Library.

All books are $1 or less, and children’s books are 10¢ each. Deeper discounts in the last hour of the event!
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Living Above the Influence
15th Annual Community Event
Saturday, October 9, Noon - 4:30 p.m.

Join us at the Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road. You'll enjoy entertainment, music, free BBQ, kid zone, several resource booths, a welcome message from Mayor Rich Constantine, and other guest speakers. The event flyer includes additional details.
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Live Concerts are Back!

Harvest of Harmonies with the South Valley Symphony

October 9, 7:30 p.m.
Advent Lutheran Church
16870 Murphy Avenue

Don't miss the season opener! Adult tickets are $30, and kids/students are FREE with a valid ID. Purchase tickets at southvalleysymphony.org and view all concert info at the site.
Saturday & Sunday, October 9 & 10, 2021
Beautiful Day Weekend Event 2021

Volunteers are needed in Morgan Hill and Gilroy as people come together to clean up and upgrade Galvan Park in Morgan Hill at 17666 Crest Avenue and the fenceline on Murray Avenue in Gilroy.


Flyers (English/Spanish) offer added information or email scytf@cityofgilroy.org with questions.
Starting Sunday, October 10, 2021
Vaccinations Available - Mobile Vaccine Clinics

For ages 12 and older. No Appointment Needed and FREE with no insurance requirements! No proof of immigration status is required. Those who get vaccinated get a gift card while supplies last.

Sunday, October 10 at Cecelia's Closet & Food Pantry
35 Peebles Avenue, Morgan Hill
Date & Time: Sunday, October 10, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 12 at Walsh STEAM Academy
353 W. Main Ave, Morgan Hill
Date & Time: October 12, 3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

For a list of local vaccination sites, visit the City of Morgan Hill's dedicated webpage.

Also, TESTING is now available at the Morgan Hill Council Chamber Building.

1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month – next date is October 19
17555 Peak Avenue, Morgan Hill, 95037
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Schedule appointment here.

Appointments will be open for scheduling 7 days before the testing date. Once all appointments are filled, this location will no longer appear for scheduling on the website. Results will be delivered electronically via Healthvana. Patients will be notified by email or text when test results are ready, usually 2 to 4 days. If your test is positive for COVID-19, you will also be contacted by Public Health with instructions on what to do next and how long to stay isolated from others. Ensure the phone number you provided our staff is accurate, and please answer calls from numbers you might not recognize.

The City's website includes a page dedicated to testing and vaccination sites in Morgan Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy, including information on DePaul Health Center as a newly added vaccination site.
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Scholarship Available
 
Deadline to Apply:
October 10, 2021
 
Gemma Abels Scholarship for High School Students
 
In memory of Gemma Abels, a local educator, activist, labor organizer, and champion of social justice, the Edward Boss Prado Foundation, in partnership with Showing Up For Racial Justice South County, is proud to present two $2,500 scholarships toward further education for high school students graduating in either 2021 or 2022. Additional info in English and Spanish.
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Santa Clara County
Climate Roadmap 2030

Calling all community organizations, non-profits, and faith organizations in Santa Clara County! Are you interested in conducting climate change outreach?

Apply for a mini-grant of $2,000-$5,000.

Applications are due October 10.

Learn more and apply at sccgov.org/climateroadmap.
Monday, October 11, 2021
VTA Adds Rapid Service to South County Starting Monday, October 11

Rapid Route 568 Gilroy to Diridon
  • Weekday, all-day service between South County and downtown San Jose
  • Roundtrip, every 30 minutes between 5:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Regular fare rates
View the flyer that lists the stops and shows the route.
Friday, October 15, 2021
VaxUp Video Contest for Students
Deadline To Submit an Entry: October 15

All 6th to 12th graders who are currently attending school in Santa Clara County can enter the contest. Create a short video (30 to 60 seconds) about getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Videos can be acted scenes, performance art, music videos, anything! For complete contest rules, visit the contest homepage: 2021 VaxUp Video Contest at sccgov.org.

Prizes for top videos? Yes!
  • 1st Place: $1,500
  • 2nd Place: $1,000
  • 3rd Place: $500
  • Plus, 1st Place winning advisor’s school receives a $500 prize.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Avenidas Rainbow Collective
LGBTQ Conference & Celebration
October 16, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This year’s conference is hosted virtually and is themed on “The Power of Acceptance.” Registration is FREE and available at www.avenidas.org.

For questions, contact 650-289-5417, email lgbtq@avenidas.org or view the event flyer.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
The Great ShakeOut -
Earthquake Readiness Day
10:21 a.m.

Why 10:21 a.m.? Because earthquakes strike at any time! If you have not signed up to participate in this drill, you still have time to do so at https://www.shakeout.org/.

Earthquakes happen at any time and with little to no warning. In Santa Clara County, almost everyone lives within a 10-mile radius of a major fault line. The San Andreas Fault runs along the Sonoma Coast through the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Hayward Fault along the hills on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, and the Calaveras Fault runs from the eastern region of our county down through the southern end.

Emergency supply kits are critical for survival after an earthquake. Build a Go Bag, an emergency supply kit for when you are required to evacuate, and include shoes, a flashlight, and copies of all your important documents. For more info, visit www.PrepareSCC.org/Earthquake
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 ways to address 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.
City Maintenance Projects
Community Connections
You have the power to help change the world! The Silicon Valley Clean Energy eHub contains free information and resources to explore what kind of impact you can have by switching to electric cars and appliances. eHub features tools that allow you to browse, compare and shop for efficient, electric appliances from the comfort of your own home. Visit eHub today!
Bay Area Air Quality Management
 
The Clean Cars for All program is available again! The program provides grants for income-qualified Bay Area residents in impacted communities to retire their older car and replace it with a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery, hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, or a pre-paid card to use for public transit and purchase e-bikes.

Details about the program, including eligibility, grant amounts available, and how to apply, can be found here.
More on Vaccinations:
What is the Difference Between a Booster and a Third Dose?
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: