01/09/2018 Council Preview – Vice Mayor Selection, IGRs, LAPs, and Seating

Happy New Year to everyone.

We start this meeting with two closed sessions – one involving ongoing negotiations with the Communication Officers Association, one involving the City Attorney’s annual performance review.  This is followed by a special order of the day to acknowledge National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

The consent calendar is pretty small – the usual meeting minutes and list of bills, plus the annual review of the Code of Ethics.

Note that in the past, we have held our annual public hearing on proposed study issues and budget supplements during the first meeting of the year.  That’s not happening this year – it will be on January 23rd.

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01/24/2017 Council Preview – Blue Bonnet and SSCDs

This agenda is all over the place.

We start the evening with a closed session involving property negotiations for the remaining half of the Corn Palace.  This is followed by a closed session involving the City Attorney’s performance review.

The general session starts with special orders of the day to swear in the new Mayor and Vice Mayor.  The consent calendar is a big one since we’ve gone a while without a meeting.  We’ve got an increase in a contract for NOVA-related services.  There’s a reimbursement agreement for street improvements at Maude and Mathilda related to a nearby development project.  There’s an increase in a contract for temporary fire inspection services.  There’s a temporary easement agreement related to the Fair Oaks Overpass rehabilitation.  We’re increasing legal agreements related to litigation over Summit Schools, and another one involving ongoing labor negotiation services.  There’s a required agreement with the State involving UUT collection.  We’ve got a contract for leasing golf carts.  There’s a contract to rehab the Fair Oaks Park building, as well as replacing the skate park lights with energy efficient lights.  And then there’s the second reading of an ordinance.

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Public Works, Up Close And Personal

I got first-hand exposure to Sunnyvale’s Public Works staff last night, when the rain split a forked redwood tree on the court nearest to me and took down half the tree into the street, blocking all access.  The first I heard was when a neighbor texted me photos of the downed tree.  She’d already contacted Public Safety, so there wasn’t anything for me to do.  She filled me in on what was happening until I got off work and returned home.  Checking it out, it was pure luck that nobody was hurt and no property was damaged.  The tree missed all parked cars, and nobody was out walking since it was raining.  It was kind of a big deal because it blocked off all street access to sixty or so homes.  There was a back way in, through another complex’s driveway, but a lot of new residents probably don’t know about it.  Condo complexes can be a bit of a maze.

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Hard Numbers on How SVCEA Will Change Your Future PG&E Bills

At last night’s meeting of the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority, we approved a resolution establishing the electricity rates that will be charged to customers starting April 1 of this year.  We now have some hard numbers that can be quoted to you, so you can know what impact you can expect SVCEA to have on your PG&E bill.

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01/10/2017 Council Preview – New Council, Study Issues

Happy New Year!  Sorry for the delay – I’ve been wrestling with fixing my Twitter/FB integration.

We start the evening with no study or closed sessions. Instead, we start by certifying the results of the November election.  We then say goodbye to the departing councilmembers and swear in the newly-elected councilmembers.

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