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Among the Mayor’s qualities she most admires: “He doesn’t shy away from citizens’ concerns. He’s very ethical and has set an expectation that the City provide transparency and access to information to the community, which fosters accountability and trust.” Steve is an alumnus and past president of Leadership Morgan Hill, which he describes as “a great program for emerging community leaders.” According to current Board Member Roger Knopf, when the organization was brought out from under the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce in 2002-03, Steve was part of a team that led the formation of an independent board, developed new curriculum, and raised funds. “Steve leads by listening,” Jennifer said. “He looks at all sides of an issue. This makes him very approach- able. And because he is so approach- able, people want to help, follow, etcetera. By acknowledging the best in others, he empowers them.”  A Bookish Kinda Guy Steve is proud of his 20 years of service on the Board of the Library Joint Powers of Authority, including two terms as chairman. “Our local library is a tremendous community resource,” Steve said. “The planned expansion is moving forward, and we’re adding Sunday hours next year.” Nancy Howe, Librarian for the Santa Clara County Library System and former Librarian at the Morgan Hill branch, said, “Steve sees the library as a place where community gathers and thrives. He has worked to ensure the library’s accessibility to people of all ages and interests, and to get library cards for every student in the school district.” As a Friends of the Morgan Hill Library volunteer, he’s been known to take the Christmas Eve shift in the book store, welcoming library members who arrive with bags of books to donate during the holidays. Spending Time with Seniors Denise Melroy knows Mayor Tate through her role as Program Coordi- nator at the Morgan Hill Centennial Recreation Senior Center. “He’s been coming to the Senior Center for years to meet our older adults,” she said. “One of our seniors really likes to banter with him about politics! They all want to be here for his visits. If someone has a complaint, he handles it with diplomacy, brings it to the appropriate City staff, and sends comments back to the seniors.”  “Every year the Mayor speaks at our Senior Resource Fair. When we applied to have Morgan Hill designated as an Age Friendly City, he wrote an official letter to the World Health Organization in support of our initiative, and we were awarded the designation.” The Baseball Thing Santa Clara County Board Supervisor Mike Wasserman noted that he and Steve have a thing or two in common. Mayor Tate kicks off the press conference announcing the Amgen Tour Time Trial in Morgan Hlll (2018) GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN december 2018-january 2019 “‘Go Giants!’ isn’t the way a public meeting is typically adjourned, but it is during baseball season if it’s me or Mayor Tate who is chairing the meeting. We are both passionate about public service and about sports.” “Steve’s a dedicated and creative leader who cares more about getting things done than getting credit. I’ve seen this time and again during our work together to improve libraries, youth programs, and on regional planning efforts.” Virtually the only time Steve’s office is dark is during baseball’s spring training season, when the Tates head to Scottsdale to enjoy a few weeks of their favorite spectator sport. A Heart for Our Youth When the YMCA first announced Project Cornerstone, a framework of 40 developmental assets for youth, Steve Tate was so impressed he made sure Morgan Hill was among the first cities in Santa Clara County to embrace it. “Studies show that kids thrive with these assets,” Steve said. “I’ve been an advocate ever since. The city council agenda always includes a student presentation on one of the assets.” As a Morgan Hill Rotarian, Steve mentors Rotary Interact Club stu- dents at Oakwood School and Central High School. According to Central’s Principal, Lisa Martin, “Mayor Tate visits every week to talk with students about opportunities for community ser- vice projects. The students learn how to run a meeting and other leadership skills. Recently they proposed having student-led morning announcements, something that’s never been done at Central. Mayor Tate’s face lit up. You can tell he has a heart for our youth.” Steve also has a heart for the Lori Escobar El Toro Youth Center. “Alban Diaz attended the Center as a young boy,” he said. “Today, he’s running the Center and doing a fantastic job. The Center now serves over 100 kids. It’s a safe place to go after school and for summer camp, with mentoring, home- work help, recreation, and socialization. It’s absolutely essential for the kids who attend.” gmhtoday.com 49