June 11, 2021
Hello Morgan Hill!
City Infrastructure Improvements
Public and Private Sewer Lateral Lines

The City is improving infrastructure and taking proactive measures to stop sewer overflows before they happen.

Sewer lateral lines throughout Morgan Hill are susceptible to breaking and cracking, which allows stormwater to enter the pipes. Additional water has caused sewage overflows into creeks, roads, and neighborhoods. So far, the City has repaired over 1,700 feet of public lines to prevent these overflows from occurring, with an assessment of another 7,000 feet in progress.

But repairing private lateral lines, which are the responsibility of homeowners, is important, too.

When it comes to the privately-owned lateral lines, recently adopted local ordinances coming into effect in Summer 2022 introduce the required process for video inspections and any necessary repairs that may need to occur when a single household property is listed for sale. It seems like a long way off, but it is something to keep in mind for the near future. For larger developments, like townhomes and business complexes, this will take place more regularly. Details to help understand the issues surrounding the private sewer lateral program are available on our website.

Preventing sewage overflows into our creeks, streams, and, ultimately, our drinking water supply takes a team effort. Finding and repairing any deficiencies in all public and private pipelines aims to ensure a safe and healthy community.
Bike-Friendly Business Program is Now Accepting Applications

The City of Morgan Hill has created a Bike-Friendly Business Program to help connect local businesses with our Morgan Hill bicycling community and visitors.

If you are a local business owner or operator, we encourage you to join the Bike-Friendly Business Program to help us encourage residents and visitors to explore more of our community and enjoy all that the City has to offer.

The Road to Recovery

 
The Chamber of Commerce recognizes that Business Recovery is complex, challenging, and deeply personal to all of our business partners. In light of the governor's impending announcement to re-open the economy on June 15th, the Chamber of Commerce and City of Morgan Hill would like to better understand the challenges, concerns, and potential opportunities your business anticipates on the road to recovery and beyond.
 
Please take a moment to complete this short survey by Sunday, June 20, so that we may prioritize our efforts over the next several months to better support your business in the reopening/recovery phase.
"Do 1 Thing" Emergency Preparedness Campaign
June’s Focus: Unique Family Needs
 
This month's goal: Be aware of, and prepare for, your family's unique needs.
 
Do 1 Thingis 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 will release a new educational YouTube video (June's) to help you complete the program. 
Morgan Hill Library, Culture, and Arts Commission Virtual Art Exhibition

The Morgan Hill Library Culture and Arts Commission (LCAC) is currently accepting submissions for their first virtual art exhibition premiering this July 2021. The exhibition is part of the commission's new quarterly program series to encourage creativity within the community and to help promote local artists. Artworks will be displayed on the new LCAC Virtual Exhibition site and at the Morgan Hill Library for socially distanced in-person viewing. 
 
The exhibition is free to enter and is open to people ages 12 years and older. Each exhibition will focus on themes chosen by the LCAC commissioners that will be announced the month prior. For this first exhibition, the commission has chosen three themes for the public to choose from Pride, Appreciation, or Nostalgia. 
 
The deadline to submit for the July exhibition is Friday, June 25 at 11:59 p.m. Submissions will only be accepted through the Google Form on the City of Morgan Hill LCAC page. The submissions that are chosen will be notified at the end of the month via email, with the exhibition premiering the following week.
 
For more details about the accepted forms of art and submission requirements, please review the guidelines document on the City of Morgan Hill LCAC page

City Engagement
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting
 
The Parks and Recreation Commission meeting will be live-streamed on 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/ParksandRecreationCommission or calling 669-900-9128, then enter the meeting ID: 845 7667 3771#.
 
Public comment for Parks and Recreation Commission meetings will be accepted via email to chris.ghione@morganhill.ca.gov. Members of the public participating in the electronic meeting wishing to speak may do so during public comment.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
City Council Meeting
 
The workshop begins at 5:30 p.m. with the next installment of the Housing Division's Workshop Series: Housing Affordability. The regular City Council Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

The City Council 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/MHCityCouncilMeeting or call 669-900-9128, then enter the meeting id when prompted: 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.  
Thursday, June 17, 2021
City/School Liaison Committee Meeting
 
Members of the public wishing to participate remotely may do so via the virtual meeting at https://bit.ly/MHCity-SchoolLiaisonMtg or by calling 669-900-9128, then enter the webinar id: 879 9462 4744.
 
Public comment for City/School Liaison Committee meetings will be accepted via email to ccpubliccomment@morganhill.ca.gov. Members of the public participating in the virtual meeting wishing to speak may do so during public comment. 
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
City Council Meeting
Public Hearing: Appeal of Trammell Crow Redwood Tech@101 project 

On June 23, 2021, the City Council will hold a public hearing regarding the appeal of the May 25, 2021, Planning Commission decision approving the Trammell Crow 'Redwood Tech@101' project. The application includes Design Review and a Vesting Tentative Parcel Map for a project that has approximately 501,314 square feet of flexible industrial/commercial space spread across five (5) separate buildings, ranging from 73,668 square feet to 138,698 square feet) on four (4) separate lots.
 
Information regarding the Redwood Tech@101 project, including a description of the project and plans, are available on the project webpage.

Project Location
The site, which is approximately 29-acres, is located between DePaul Road and Hwy 101, south of Cochrane Road and north of Half Road (APN: 728-30-006 and -009).

The City Council meeting will be live-streamed on Channel 17 and the City's website, and the City's Facebook page. 
 
Members of the public wishing to participate remotely may do so via the virtual meeting at https://bit.ly/MHCityCouncilMeeting or calling 669-900-9128, then enter the meeting id: 873 3200 8380#.
 
Public comment for City Council meetings will be accepted via email to ccpubliccomment@morganhill.ca.gov. Members of the public participating in the virtual meeting wishing to speak may do so during public comment.
Sidewalk Saturdays

Please support local small businesses by heading Downtown for Sidewalk Saturdays now through July 3, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., located on Third Street across from our year-round farmers market.
Summer Recreation
Preschool Fall 2021 Registration Is Open! 

The Morgan Hill Recreation Preschool Program is open for Fall 2021 registration! Our teachers will help your child develop the social and academic skills to be ready for kindergarten.

Learn more today:
Recreation Swim at the Aquatics Center

The Morgan Hill Aquatics Center is open and tickets are now on sale! Admission grants access to the water slides, spray feature, recreation pool and play feature, and instructional pool. CRC members receive early access to the facility and will not require reservations. Non-Members need to purchase admission tickets online before visiting. More information is available online.
Summer Recreation Programming

The City of Morgan Hill is excited to provide in-person recreational activities this summer! The digital-only Summer Recreation Activity Guide is your resource for activities and programs taking place through June, July, and August. Our programming includes swim lessons, recreation preschool, sports programs, dance classes, our annual Youth Leadership Morgan Hill program, and many more opportunities. Visit www.morganhill.ca.gov/recguide for registration info and full descriptions of all classes.
Summer Access Pass

Experience the benefits of membership without the commitment! Gift your family a summer of health and fun with our Summer Access Pass to the Aquatics Center and Centennial Recreation Center. It is a three-month membership, June 1 - September 6, starting at $315 for one adult and all children in the household!

For full details, please see the Summer Access Pass Flyer (PDF) or visit www.morganhill.ca.gov/membership.
Housing Division's Workshop Series
Housing Workshop Series
5:30 p.m. Before the City Council Meetings

Visit the City of Morgan Hill's webpage, 2021 Housing Conversation, to find details about upcoming programs. Some future dates to plan for are:

  • Housing Affordability - Wednesday, June 16th (See City Council meeting details)
  • Housing and Long-term Sustainability - Wednesday, June 23rd

These virtual community workshops are intended to provide a roadmap of housing in Morgan Hill, how we got here, and the future of housing for current and future residents. We will share the what, why, and how housing will change per State law and hear your thoughts on creating the best version of Morgan Hill for the future. 
Passport Services
Passport Services to Re-Open Tuesday, July 6, 2021

The City of Morgan Hill will re-open passport services on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, by appointment only. Standard COVID protocols will be in place, and masks will be required.

Visit our website to find out all details to prepare for your appointment or visit the U.S. Department of State website for general information.

There are no other changes to in-person City services at this time.
Save the Date
Monday, June 14, 2021
Sign Up Now! Boys & Girls Club Summer Enrichment
Kids ages 6-18, June 14 - July 30

The Boys and Girls Club in Morgan Hill is ready for an exciting summer filled with fun, friends, and adventure. The club's website details program information, fees, and registration info.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
work2future Virtual Job Fair: Employer Connect
June 16, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Employers from the Morgan Hill and Gilroy areas are looking to hire now! It can be difficult to get your foot in the door with a company. Let work2future be the friend who helps you land your next job.

Companies hiring include Blossom Valley Foods, Kelly Services, Lusamerica, Performance Foods, and United Natural Foods, Inc. Learn more and register!
Series Beginning Monday, June 21, 2021
Rebekah Children's Services

Culinary Arts, Arts & Life Skills
Teens 13 - 18 Years Old, Now Accepting Applications

Sessions 1-5 have passed
Session 6: June 21- June 30, 4-6:30 p.m.

Culinary Arts: Join us for a safe, in-person, outdoor group on the lawn in front of Rebekah Children's Services. In partnership with the Culinary Academy and Chef Carlos, you will be working in our outdoor kitchen and making gourmet afternoon snacks.
 
Art & Life Skills: Learn self-improvement, decision making, coping with anxiety, communication skills, and social skills while expressing yourself with art. Art mediums may include watercolor, arts and crafts, and a variety of expression paintings.
 
Interested students must complete an application and over-the-phone interview before being accepted into the program. Submit completed applications to culinaryacademy@rcskids.org.
Events Through Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Community Solutions & Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services

Battleship Game Night
Every Tuesday, now through June 15th, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., ages 12-19

Must be registered to participate: http://bit.ly/BattleshipGameNight
For more information, view the flyers in English and Spanish.

Bingo Night 2
Tuesday, June 19th, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., For ages 10 - 19

Must be registered to participate: http://bit.ly/BINGONight2
For more information, view the flyers in English and Spanish.

C.R.I.A IV - Creating, Resilience, Intelligence & Friendships
A Group for Spanish-Speaking Parents
Tuesdays, now through June 22, 2021, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/CRIA-IV. Zoom link invite will be provided by email after registration. For more information, view the flyers in English and Spanish.
Thursday, June 24, 2021
South County Cal-SOAP
6th Annual Alumnight Virtual Fundraiser
Thursday, June 24, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Join South County Cal-SOAP for the ultimate virtual fundraising experience. Guests will enjoy an evening of live-streamed music, fun prizes, recognition of scholarship receipt award winners, personal testimonials, presentation of the Edwin Diaz Cal-SOAP Educator of the Year Award FAFSA/CADAA Submission Trophy, and so much more!

Event and sponsorship information are available at www.mightycause.com/calsoap.
For additional details call 408-780-8486 or email southcountycalsoap@gmail.com.
July 3 & 4, 2021
Morgan Hill Freedom Fest
Celebrating Our Heroes 2021

Planning for Freedom Fest celebrations is underway! Follow Morgan Hill Freedom Fest on Facebook and check out their new website for events schedule and info.
July 28 & 29, 2021
CSAC/Cal-SOAP
College Application Summer Camp 2021

Rising seniors, sign-up for this two-day workshop, held in
English and Spanish, to help you get started on your college application process.
Register today! Any questions? Call the Cal-SOAP hotline at 408-780-8486.
COVID-19 Resources
“Vax for the Win” Program to Get More Californians Vaccinated by June 15

The incentives aim to give an extra nudge to those who still need to get vaccinated against COVID-19, especially those in hard-to-reach communities, while also thanking everyone who has already been vaccinated. A couple of highlights of the program are:

  • $116.5 million vaccine incentive program – the biggest in the nation – to boost vaccinations as California prepares to fully reopen the economy on June 15.
 
  • $100 million in $50 prepaid or grocery cards for the next two million newly vaccinated people; $16.5 million in cash prizes for all vaccinated Californians.

To read the full announcement and review all the details, visit COVID19.ca.gov/vax-for-the-win.
Vaccines Available

Vaccines are free, easy, and safe. You do not need insurance, and all immigration statuses are eligible. Staff is onsite to support language needs and disability access.

Drop-in/ no appointment needed at many sites throughout Santa Clara County, including:

  • Gilroy High School, 750 W 10th Street, Gilroy
Tuesday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Santa Clara County Fair Grounds, 2542 Monterey Rd, San Jose
Tuesday - Friday, 1 pm to 8 pm & Saturday - Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more vaccine locations throughout the county or to make an appointment to get vaccinated, visit sccfreevax.org.

Don't Forget!
Need a ride to your vaccine appointment? Call VTA! Dial 408-809-2124 to schedule your ride. This service is for anyone in need of transportation to get vaccinated, regardless of immigration status.

The Covid-19 vaccine is now available for all Santa Clara County residents age 12 and older. The Healthier Kids Foundation, in partnership with the County, is offering a vaccination support hotline, details and contact information available.
Emergency COVID-19 Rent Relief

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County offers a Rent Relief Program, and phone lines are open. There are resources for renters and landlords.

The Catholic Charities Program is rental assistance for tenants who have past due rent from April 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021. Pop-Up sites to register are now available at various food distribution locations.

How do I apply? You may call Catholic Charities, 408-273-7478 or apply directly at the CA Rent Relief Program detailed on the Housing is Key website. 
Food Resources
Many organizations in Morgan Hill offer free food services for our community:


Gavilan College: Free Drive-Thru Food Distribution
5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy, CA 95020

On the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Thursday every month, drive-thru food distribution is available in the Gavilan College Gilroy Campus in Parking Lot A (North Entrance). See times and details, plus register online at www.gavilan.edu/foodpantry.
City Maintenance Projects
Community Connections
Residential Customers Transitioning to Time-of-Use Rate Plan 
This a reminder that eligible residential electric customers in Santa Clara County will begin transitioning to the Time-of-Use (Peak Pricing 4-9 p.m. Every Day) rate plan, which features lower prices for electricity for 19 hours a day and higher prices from 4-9 p.m., seven days a week. The prices are lower when demand is lower and renewable energy is more readily available. Customers on this Time-of-Use rate plan are encouraged to shift and reduce usage during the peak demand time between 4-9 p.m. each day. Learn more about the transition to Time-of-Use at pge.com/toutransition.

Customers Can Choose Another Rate Plan at Any Time
Customers can choose to try out a Time-of-Use or choose another rate plan, including their current Tiered rate plan, at any time. Customers who automatically transition to this Time-of-Use rate plan will automatically receive risk-free Bill Protection for the first 12 months. To view a customized rate plan comparison, customers can visit their account online at pge.com/TOUchoice.

When Eligible Customers Will Transition
The transition to this Time-of-Use rate plan will occur by geographical region between April 2021 and March 2022. Eligible customers will receive a series of notifications by mail and email starting four months before the automatic transition in their county. These include tips on how to manage their energy usage on the Time-of-Use rate plan, as well as a personalized rate plan comparison to help customers select the best rate plan for their needs.
Service Changes Starting June 14

VTA service changes take effect on Monday, June 14, 2021. View the Take-One Newsletter for times and locations.
June 2021 Calendar of Event
Check out the calendar of events for the month of June that lists programs - almost daily! - for kids, teens, and adults. Book clubs, shows, virtual tours, and more!

Library Bookdash Service
The Library District is launching a new program: delivering books directly to patrons who cannot come to the library for any reason. Flyers in English and Spanish.

Bookmobile Visits this Summer
Order books, movies, and more to pick up at the Bookmobile. View the flyer for summer dates and local schools' pick-up locations.

Summer Reading Programs
The Library District is offering free virtual reading and summer programs. For dates and times, view the flyers in English and Spanish. Teen reading events are also available.
Lunch at the Library
Grab & Go Summer Meals

Morgan Hill Library (parking lot)
660 West Main Avenue
Monday, Wed, Friday, 4 – 5 p.m.
 
For kids 0-18 years old and accompanying adults. For more information and locations, view the flyer in English and Spanish.
Villa Mira Monte Opening Soon
Morgan Hill Historical Society

Starting June 19th, Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Gates to the grounds open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Docent tours available, COVID safety protocols in place.

Learn local history, membership information, and how to support the Historical Society.
Your Morgan Hill
Morgan Hill City Hall 
Office Hours

City offices are temporarily closed.

If you have questions or concerns, please call our virtual call center: 408-767-6404.

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Messages will be returned within 24 hours.
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: