Special Council Meeting Called For Tuesday 4/19 – Friday’s Fire

Just a quick heads-up that we have scheduled a special Council meeting tonight at 6:55, right before the normal meeting, in order to consider urgency measures to assist the residents of Twin Pines Manor Apartments displaced by Friday’s fire.  In short, the recovery efforts for the fire have overwhelmed the resources available from Sunnyvale Community Services, as well as the City Manager’s spending authority.  So the City Manager is asking Council to authorize additional resources.

This special council meeting is scheduled for 6:55 p.m., immediately before the start of our normal meeting.

04/19/2016 Council Preview – Council Vacancy

First, a warning – we may be having a special meeting this week, in addition to the normally scheduled one.  Stay tuned.

We start the meeting with another closed session involving PSOA and SEA labor negotiations.

The consent calendar is big, mostly because of the second readings of four ordinances.  There’s a grant reimbursement agreement with SCVWD which is pretty nice.  SCVWD received a $4 million grant from the State, and under a previous agreement, SCVWD gets $2.5 million for Wolfe Road work and Sunnyvale gets $1.5 million for Water Pollution Control Plant work.  There’s an agreement to loan $1m of CDBG and HOME funds to rehabilitate Crescent Terrace Apartments, a senior housing complex.  There’s a contract expansion for temporary IT services – we’re having a hard time finding full-time employees to fill IT vacancies.  And there’s a contract amendment for outside counsel.

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04/12/2016 Council Preview – Affordable Housing and Minimum Wage

Full agenda, although I think the individual items may not be that long. Note that the timing for this meeting is different, so pay attention so that you don’t miss out on an item you care about.

We actually start in chambers an hour early to hold a joint session with Council and the Redevelopment Successor Agency.  But this meeting is just to approve the consent calendar, and the regular meeting will start as soon as the joint session finishes.  So we could be starting the regular meeting as soon as 6;05 p.m.

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Congressman Mike Honda and HUD Secretary Castro Lead Silicon Valley Homelessness Round Table In Sunnyvale

This morning, Congressman Mike Honda led a round table discussion on homelessness in Silicon Valley at the new Onizuka Crossing homeless housing project in Sunnyvale, featuring HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Santa Clara County Supervisors Board President Dave Cortese, Sunnyvale Mayor Glenn Hendricks, and many of the organizations leading the fight to end homelessness in Silicon Valley (MidPen, HomeFirst, Downtown Streets Team, and others).  The event featured several homeless veterans who will become residents of Onizuka Crossing in a matter of days.

Sunnyvale Mayor Glenn Hendricks discusses with Congressman Mike Honda and HUD Secretary Julian Castro the difficulty of providing homeless housing in Silicon Valley

Sunnyvale Mayor Glenn Hendricks discusses with Congressman Mike Honda and HUD Secretary Julian Castro the difficulty of providing homeless housing in Silicon Valley

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Cupertino Initiative Inciting Violence, Racking Up Big City Costs

Tuesday night, the Cupertino City Council voted 3-2 to change the ballot language for its controversial and problematic anti-growth initiative (as previously mentioned), in a  meeting marred by outbursts and requiring the presence of County Sheriffs to maintain some semblance of order.  The effort, backed by a group ironically calling itself “Better Cupertino”, has even provoked incidents of violence and at least one alleged assault involving signature-gatherers.

The initiative and two others have already caused the City to rack up major expenses for independent analyses, even before the November vote.  To date, the Cupertino City Council has had to authorize $485,000 just for independent analyses of the three measures, and it will rack up at least another $100k in election expenses in November, whether or not any of the measures actually pass.  Ballot measures aren’t free, or even cheap.