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August 3, 2021

Board approves $6.8m for Burnett

During Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, Hector Gutierrez, a homeowner in the Capriano neighborhood where the Morgan Hill Unified School District is planning to move Central High Continuation High School, brought a neon pink sign with a slogan written in huge black print stating: “More Homes, More Kids, It’s Elementary.”

San Martin animal shelter moves from converted house into expansive campus

Since 1978, the Santa Clara County Animal Services Center operated out of a donated, 1930s-era converted home in San Martin that was woefully undersized for the 4,000 animals that passed through it annually. From the outside, no passersby would look at the hodgepodge of modular...

MHUSD considers policy on hiring relatives

The Morgan Hill Unified School District is following the rules

Governor to Santa Clara County: Not so fast on Covid-19

By Barry Holtzclaw Santa Clara County is one of 19 California counties on a Covid-19 “watch list.” Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement July 1 to apply a three-week “dimmer switch” closing bars and state park parking lots, dine-in restaurant service, fitness centers and movie theaters in Santa Clara...

Morgan Hill City Council condemns ‘all forms of hate and violence’

The Morgan Hill City Council unanimously approved a resolution “condemning all forms of hate and violence” at the March 17 meeting, in response to the deadly riots that occurred at the U.S. Capitol earlier this year. The resolution not only repudiates the Jan. 6 attack...

Disabled Students Given California High School Exit Exam Reprieve

Special education students get another year until exit exam

County discusses future of San Martin Airport

The San Martin Airport could become a lot busier in about a decade, if the county decides to close the Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose. And with the extra air traffic could follow an increased airborne concentration of lead, which has been a longtime concern...

A Q&A with local school board candidates

This week the Times sent three questions to all of the local candidates for the Morgan Hill Unified School District Board of Education. The questions were selected after asking Morgan Hill residents what they would like to hear from their future elected representatives. Answers...

By-district elections: Draft council maps available for public feedback

More than a dozen city council district map proposals, submitted by residents and a professional demographer, are available for public review on a website created to set up the new election system.The draft maps can be viewed at drawmh.org, which provides a wealth of map drawing tools and demographic information about the City of Morgan Hill.Citizens can review the submitted draft maps and offer suggested changes, or create their own maps depicting four council districts equal in population, according to Morgan Hill Communications Manager Maureen Tobin. Residents can submit maps until Aug. 14.The city council is scheduled to approve an official four-district map in late August or early September. The map they approve will take effect with the November 2018 council election, and remain in place at least until the 2020 U.S. Census is completed.The five-member (including the mayor) Morgan Hill City Council approved the change from the current at-large election system to the new district-based system at their June 7 meeting. The change was a response to a demand letter from an Oakland law firm that claims the at-large system is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act because it limits the influence of minority groups.Under the by-district system, the city’s four council members will be elected by voters within the council district in which they reside. The mayor’s seat will continue to be elected on an at-large, citywide basis, according to city staff.By approving the change, the council aimed to protect the city from a potentially costly civil rights lawsuit. But it also forced the city to fast track the process of notifying the public and creating four new districts equal in population, without gerrymandering.The draft maps posted on drawmh.org include 10 “population balanced” maps with four districts each containing roughly 9,500 Morgan Hill residents. Seven of these were created by Morgan Hill residents. The other three were drawn by National Demographics Corporation, with whom the city contracted for $43,000 to help with the districting process.Also posted on the website are three maps created by residents that are not population balanced, and two maps that depict a single district.

South County Catholic HS plans hinge on LAFCO’s decision

While a city annexation plan is moving forward once again, the brainstorming behind a South County Catholic high school is already well under way and has been for a number of years.