The following comes from a June 15 story in the Morgan Hill Times.
The Santa Clara County Local Formation Commission voted 6-1 June 1 to reject a reconsideration of the diocese of San Jose’s request to annex 38 acres into the city limits of Morgan Hill in order to build St. John XXIII College Preparatory High School.
Commissioner Mike Wasserman, who serves as South County’s representative on the Board of Supervisors, made the motion to reconsider the project, which [the commission] previously rejected at the March 11 meeting when it was presented as part of the city’s Southeast Quadrant plan.
Wasserman said he was “disappointed” that his colleagues overruled him.
“I thought the applicant should have had the opportunity to present their case,” Wasserman said. “I’m a huge advocate for education, and to bring another high school to the county. The actual vote was for reconsideration, so we never even go to vote on the merits of the high school being there.”
The diocese asked the commission to reconsider the March 11 vote in which a motion to approve the portion of the city’s 215-acre proposal that contained the high school project failed on a 4-3 vote.
If the June 1 vote had shifted in their favor, the diocese would have been given a chance to present its case to extend the city’s Urban Service Area around the 38 acres it owns near the intersection of Tennant and Murphy avenues. This is where they plan to build the new high school, which would be built in phases to eventually accommodate up to 1,600 students. The June 1 application also requested inclusion of three parcels adjacent to the diocese’ site, totaling 22 acres. These are owned by other private parties who do not yet have specific plans for the sites. They were included with the diocese’s application in order to form a contiguous boundary for annexation….