07/29/2014 Council Preview – Homestead/Canary Appeal

Looks to be a relatively short general meeting.  We start the evening with a closed session regarding ongoing labor negotiations with the Sunnyvale Managers Association and  SEIU 521.  Then we get to business.

The general meeting starts with a special order of the day recognizing National Safe Digging Day.  There is a nationwide emphasis on what’s called “call before you dig” services.  This is a free service offered by utility companies to mark the presence of underground utilities before doing any sort of digging work.  This prevents gas breaks and accidentally severing underground fiberoptic cable, both of which are extremely expensive and sometimes dangerous to deal with after a break has happened.  Locally, I believe you can call 811 and the utilities will mark the relevant utilities within 24 hours of the phone call.

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Sunnyvale Ranked Among Top Recession-Recovered Cities In Nation

And now a “good news” list.  NerdWallet has assembled a list of the 510 largest cities in the US to determine which cities are the most improved since the recession in 2009, up until the 2012 stats that they used.  Sunnyvale ranks #19 overall and #1 in California.  The next CA city on the list was Pleasanton (where I grew up) at #37.

The factors that influenced our placement were a 21.33% drop in Sunnyvale’s unemployment over that period, a 15.99% increase in median household income, and a 4.24% increase in median home value.  It would be interesting to see how we fare using current-day stats, since all three of those statistics have increased significantly since 2012 (particularly the median home value statistic).

06/24/2014 Council Preview – The Budget

Gonna be a very, very long night.

We start the evening with a closed session regarding ongoing labor negotiations with two units, the Sunnyvale Managers Association (SMA) and SEIU 521 (largely part-time workers).  This is followed by a study session to give a progress report on the plans for replacing the Water Pollution Control Plant.  As this is the largest municipal project in the history of Sunnyvale, it should be interesting.

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