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January 30, 2023

Battle-rapper plans to bring dog rescue program to South County

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Daniel Martinez hops out of his black Cadillac SRX and nods toward me, chatting enthusiastically on his cellphone. Around San Jose, he’s known to many as the gregarious, insult-slinging battle-rapper and podcast host Dirtbag Dan, but there’s no trace of that character now. Instead,...

A new principal at Paradise

New Principal Phil Duncan sat calmly and mostly quietly, eating

Protesters condemn ICE, block freeway in Morgan Hill

Protesters against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office briefly clogged the U.S. 101 freeway Saturday night, but the demonstration otherwise remained peaceful as it traversed Morgan Hill.

Student of the Week: Kenisha Johnson

What inspires you?I’m inspired by problems that need to be solved. They inspire me to work hard and get things done.What is your favorite subject, and why?My favorite subject would have to be math because I like to understand how things work and find patterns, and there’s always a right answer.If you had the power to change one thing in the world, what would it be?I would make society more sustainable and environmentally conscious. Climate change is currently the most pressing global issue as it has the potential to be disastrous for everyone, with rising sea levels, droughts, and superstorms.If you could go anywhere, where would you go?I would go to Europe, making sure to visit my family in Norway and spending time in Spain to practice my Spanish.Name one big challenge in your life right now:The big challenge I’m facing right now is dealing with being constantly stressed and tired. I’m done with my college apps, but scholarship applications are just as stressful.What is your dream job?I don’t know what I want to do with my life right now, but my dream is to do something meaningful that I enjoy and help make the world a better place.What are your three favorite things?The sun, the water, and (vegetarian) food.Favorite book:“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” by J.K. Rowling.What do you want to do after high school?After high school I hope to go to a four-year university, probably Cal or UCLA, and then go on to get a Master’s degree.Something that makes you smile:My friends never fail to make me smile. Because of them I successfully made it through a very stressful junior year and the first half of senior year.Top three most played songs of you iTunes or iPod:Currently the three most played songs on my iPod are “All of Me” by John Legend, “Wonderland” by Taylor Swift, and “I’m Not the Only One” by Sam Smith.

District inches closer to education parcel tax

Morgan Hill Unified School District officials moved closer to finalizing a draft of a $75 education parcel tax, which is targeted for the November election, after the Board of Trustees reviewed the resolution May 1.The seven-member board is expected to vote on the final ballot measure resolution May 15 before it is submitted to the Santa Clara County Registrar's Office. After that submittal, a local Political Action Committee can begin campaigning for its approval by Morgan Hill voters.No action was taken by the board May 1, only a tweak to the wording of the resolution as trustees gave their input on what would be most effective in swaying voters to approve the property tax, which is estimated to generate $1.5 million annually over five years if it passes.The parcel tax draft outlines four key areas that the revenues will be used for. Those are:• Core academic programs that focus on skills like science, technology, engineering and math;• Ability to attract and retain quality teachers and staff;• Programs to help children with special needs; and• Programs focused on the arts.At the Feb. 6 meeting, the board of trustees did not move forward with a $75 parcel tax for the June election after learning the results of a second community survey.“The results of the polling indicated that not enough support existed to pass a $75 (parcel tax) in June, and it was suggested to move the measure to the November ballot, where prior polling indicated a higher likelihood of passing,” according to the staff report.It also states that MHUSD “is the lowest funded unified school district” in the county and other districts “have locally-approved parcel taxes which generate additional funds to support important programs such as class size reduction, arts, libraries, and technology.”Morgan Hill schools are in the midst of trimming about $5.5 million from the district’s 2018-19 budget without any additional revenues coming in, and the parcel tax is aimed at negating any future cuts.Local political advocate Swanee Edwards has expressed interest in forming the PAC as soon as possible to begin fundraising to ensure the parcel tax’s passing on Nov. 6 ballot, according to district staff member Jim Carrillo, who is leading a group of people advocating for the parcel tax.The proposed parcel tax allows for exemptions to taxpayers who are at least 65 years old (on or before June 30), and it also includes an independent oversight committee to keep tabs on the district’s spending of the $1.5 million. As written in the resolution, the funds generated cannot go to administrator salaries or benefits.“I want to accept (the parcel tax resolution) as is,” said Trustee Donna Ruebusch, after listening in on some minor adjustments suggested by other board members. “I know from past elections....that people are more willing to vote for something if they know it will not go to administrator salaries.”A parcel tax is a form of property tax assessed at a rate based on the characteristics of a “parcel,” rather than on the assessed value of the property, which is the standard method for levying property taxes, according to It can be used for any type of spending, including construction costs, employee salaries and other projects or needs.Principal RecognitionsIn other MHUSD business, Jackson Academy of Math & Music Principal Patrick Buchser was recognized by the Santa Clara County Office of Education as one of two recipients of the 2018 Artspiration Principal Arts Leadership Award, according to the district report. He will receive an “a-PAL Award” on May 22 at the Young Artist Showcase Celebration. “Buchser is known for his advocacy for the arts, his support of equitable arts access for all students, and his leadership in our district’s mission to implement a new Strategic Arts Plan,” the May 1 agenda reads.Los Paseos Elementary School Principal Debbie Stewart will be recognized May 11 at the Association of California School Administrators Awards dinner as a Region 8 ACSA 1st Year Administrator Superstar, according to district staff. “She has a passion for ensuring all students have access to a quality education and that teachers have the tools and support they need to help their students succeed,” the agenda item reads.

As Live Oak boys basketball goes through growing pains, optimism is on the horizon

After graduating nine seniors off last year’s team, Live Oak High boys basketball coach Randy Bartholomew knows this season will have a lot of growing pains.  But the fourth-year Acorns coach also sees an opportunity for the players to learn, grow and develop into a...

2018: The year in education

With many Morgan Hill families headed by highly involved parents active in their children’s schooling, education remains a hot topic among households and social circles. There was a lot to talk about in 2018. Before looking back, however, let’s look ahead, starting at the top of...

LO to dazzle with West Side Story

Packed houses expected for all six performances starting

Local Scene: Gavilan will dedicate new bridge

Local students named to SNHU President’s List A trio of Morgan Hill residents were named to the Summer 2022 President's List at Southern New Hampshire University. They are: Casey Conforti, Kendra Stewart and Shantell Schweikart. Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.700...

Sobrato, Live Oak graduations both set for June 8

Morgan Hill Unified School District has scheduled the 2016-17 graduating class ceremonies for Live Oak and Ann Sobrato high schools on the same day June 8 four hours apart.