October 1, 2021
Hello Morgan Hill!
Galvan Park Restoration

Rotary Club of Morgan Hill is at it again! This time improving Galvan Park while partnering with the local Boys and Girls Club. Thanks to Gustavo Estrada, Dionisia Estrada, Eduardo Gonzalez, Bryan Hernandez, Brian Jimenez, Isabella Espinoza, David Espinoza, Anthony Espinoza, Catherine Diaz, and Connor Palsgrove!

The Rotary Club formally adopted Galvan Park earlier this year, has held multiple work days, and funded tens of thousands of dollars in park improvements. The City thanks Rotary Club, its volunteers, and the Boys and Girls Club for their commitment to improving our community!
Housing, State Actions and Senate Bills Impacting Morgan Hill

Housing is an ongoing, hot topic that is evolving rapidly. Most recently are actions taken at the State level. On September 20, 2021, Government Newsom signed three new housing laws that the City actively opposed: Senate Bill 8, Senate Bill 9, and Senate Bill 10. Read a longer description of the Senate bills, but essentially:

  • Senate Bill 8 extends the sunset date of SB330, effective January 1, 2020, an additional five (5) years to January 1, 2030. 

  • Senate Bill 9 promotes small-scale neighborhood residential development by streamlining the process for a homeowner to create a duplex or subdivide an existing lot.

  • Senate Bill 10 authorizes local governments to rezone for up to 10 residential units, without California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, on specified urban infill parcels and lots near transit.  

In addition to the three laws noted above, the Governor signed 31 additional housing related bills on September 28. All of these laws go into effect on January 1, 2022. The City team is going through all of those bills now to determine how, or if, they will impact Morgan Hill.
Keep a watch for future City Council briefings on all the new housing laws and how they will impact Morgan Hill. 
City Engagement
Monday, October 4, 2021
Welcome Back!
The Civic Center area, including City Hall, is scheduled to open to the public on Monday, October 4, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Please note that all individuals - employees and visitors - must wear a mask while indoors in all City facilities, regardless of vaccination status. To provide the best service and health standards for employees and residents, the City will continue monitoring health advisories and make adjustments as needed.
City Council and Commission meetings will remain virtual for the time being. Visit www.morganhill.ca.gov for more details.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Library, Culture and Arts Commission

The Library, Culture, and Arts Commission meeting will be live-streamed on Channel 17 and the City’s website. Members of the community who would like to participate may join the virtual meeting at https://bit.ly/LCACMeeting or call 669-900-9128, then enter the meeting ID when prompted: 830 4187 3791#.
Public comment for Library, Culture, and Arts Commission meetings will be accepted via email to Chris Ghione. Members of the public may speak during public comment.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
City Council Meeting
6:00 p.m. Special Meeting (Closed Session) and 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting

The City Council 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 via the electronic meeting at https://bit.ly/MHCityCouncilMeeting or call 669-900-9128,
then enter the meeting id: 873 3200 8380#.

Public comment for this meeting will be accepted via email. Members of the public participating in the electronic meeting wishing to speak may do so during public comment.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
California Clean Air Day

The City of Morgan Hill has pledged to participate in the 2021 California Clean Air Day on Wednesday, October 6.

Visit CleanAirDay.org to take the pledge and find more information on this statewide day of action that is easy, fun, and totally California!

Designed around individual actions, California Clean Air Day is a non-profit, statewide program built on the idea that shared experiences unite people to action to improve community health. Join millions of Californians and pledge to take simple, individual actions to clear the air and improve Morgan Hill’s health. Over 1.6 million Californians took 3.1 million actions to clear the air in 2020 and it is anticipated that many more will participate in 2021.
Downtown Monterey Road Traffic Calming
Public Meetings Continuing October 7, 2021
On May 19, 2021, the City Council approved the Downtown Monterey Road Traffic Calming and Beautification design project and directed staff to design a Lane Reduction Project that improves accessibility, increases safety, and creates additional space for community members and businesses. For more details please visit the City's website.

The design recommendations that will be brought to the City Council on November 3, 2021, will include feedback from the community gained through a variety of community outreach. All materials will be provided in both English and Spanish. Spanish interpretation will be provided at all meetings/events.

  • October 9, 9:00 a.m., Cafecito con Edith in English and Spanish, La Soledad Bakery 17865 Monterey Road. Series flyer in English and Spanish.

  • October 9, 9:00 a.m., Farmers' Market Booth, 3rd and Depot Streets. City staff will be available until 12:00 p.m.

  • October 22, Pop-Up Park Open House, corner of 2nd Street and Monterey Road. At this event, renderings will be displayed. Any comments and feedback will be due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27.
Public Meetings Continuing October 8, 2021
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. There are multiple meetings 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 Ave., 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.

  • In Person: Saturday, October 16, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Starbucks, 251 Vineyard Town Center.

  • In Person: Saturday, October 30, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Peet’s Coffee, 755 Cochrane Rd., Suite 100.

  • Virtual: Monday, November 8, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Redistricting Workshop, Join Via Zoom: https://bit.ly/Communitytownhall or call 669-900-9128; Webinar ID: 828 0731 925.

  • In-Person: Wednesday, November 10, 11:00 a.m. – Senior Center, 171 W. Edmundson Avenue. Space is limited and senior citizens get seating priority.
To find out which district you live in, visit morgan-hill.ca.gov/1682/City-Council-Districts.     

The redistricting process is managed over the course of several months in 2021-2022. Visit MorganHillRedistricting2021.com for the latest on redistricting, how the process is moving forward, a schedule of meetings, 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
Cafecito Con Edith

In Person, Saturday, October 9, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
La Soledad Bakery 17865 Monterey Road, Suite I

Learn what's going on in Morgan Hill during the City's chats in Spanish, a great 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 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 its celebration of 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. 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 to register or you can register online. Must be 18 or older to attend.
Water Conservation & Private Sewer Lateral Ordinances
Eight months left! The countdown continues until the Water Conservation Ordinance and the Private Sewer Lateral Ordinance take effect on June 1, 2022.

Are you a property owner? Are you thinking about selling your property? If you are, there are a couple new things that will be required prior to a sale. The plumbing fixtures and private sewer lateral line on the property need to be inspected and pass the inspection. See more information below:

1.     Plumbing fixtures will need to be retrofitted, if not already so, with high-efficiency ones that consume less water with each use before a resale of a property built before January 1, 1994. An inspection by a contractor with a Morgan Hill business license will check not only toilets but also showerheads and urinals. Upon passing inspection, property owners will receive a Water Conservation Certificate.
2.     For properties built more than 15 years ago, privately-owned sewer lateral lines will need to be inspected prior to a sale of property by a NASSCO certified plumber with a Morgan Hill business license. If there are any damages to the line, they will need to be repaired before a Compliance Certificate can be granted. To assist with the associated costs, there are currently two grant opportunities available to homeowners on a first-come, first-served basis.

Maintaining and providing clean water throughout the community is a high priority for the City of Morgan Hill, and private sewer lines are a big part of that process!
Save the Date
Saturday, October 2, 2021
October is National Bullying Awareness Month

WHERE: Morgan Hill Downtown Amphitheatre
17000 Monterey Rd. Morgan Hill
WHEN: Saturday, October 2, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHY ATTEND: Join the community to learn from educators, a professional athlete, and a 17-year-old local author sharing their perspectives on bullying, discussing solutions, and listening to powerful, inspirational stories.
Safety is a priority, and COVID protocols will be in place.
Saturday, October 2, 2021
Youth Mariachi Competition & Family Picnic

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Villa Mira Monte - 17860 Monterey Road

Free admission and free children's arts & crafts!

Bring your own picnic or purchase food on site.
Starting Tuesday, October 5, 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 required. Those who get vaccinated get a FREE gift card while supplies last.

Tuesday, October 5 at Barrett Elementary School
895 Barrett Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 5, 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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.
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 2 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
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
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 available until 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
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 special guest speakers. Full details available.
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.
Scholarship Application Deadline: 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.
Grant Application Deadline: 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.
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 of “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.
City Maintenance Projects
Community Connections
Morgan Hill Library

View the October 2021 virtual and in-person calendar of events. Highlights include National Hispanic Heritage Month, Halloween, and in-person homework help. 
PG&E Automatically Enrolling Qualified Customers
Who Are 60 Days Behind on Energy Bills in Payment Plans

As part of its ongoing efforts to provide help and assistance for customers to manage their bills, PG&E auto-enrolled eligible customers in new extended payment arrangements.

The new program coincides with the ending of the service-disconnection moratorium, which is part of the COVID-19 emergency customer protections in place since March 2020. Residential and small business customers with a PG&E bill at least 60 days past due were automatically enrolled starting with their September bill.

PG&E encourages customers to contact the company by calling 1-800-PGE-5000 to arrange payment plans. Read the full press release for additional details.
Learn more about our mission to decarbonize at SVCleanEnergy.org

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.

For locations or to make an appointment to get vaccinated: sccfreevax.org.
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 will open fully to the public on Monday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Please note that 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: