02/09/2016 Council Preview – Stevens Creek Trail and Smoking

This is one of the busiest agendas in the past year, which isn’t that unusual.  Our last substantive meeting was December 15th, and the first two meetings of the year tend to be largely ceremonial.  So that causes a build-up of work.  It was originally supposed to be worse – we were scheduled to discuss modifications to our marijuana ordinances.  But a last-minute change in state law by the Governor seems to have pushed that item off for now.

We start the evening with a closed session regarding ongoing labor negotiations with the PSOA and SEA.  This is followed by a number of interviews for boards and commissions.

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You’re Invited – Launch of IGreenSunnyvale, Our New Sustainability App

On Saturday, January 30th, Sunnyvale is holding an event to mark the launch of its new sustainability-focused app, IGreenSunnyvale.  This new app gives you the tools to track how the every day actions you take can help protect the environment and make Sunnyvale more sustainable. The actions are presented in a fun way so that you can track progress and your personal improvement.

The event is being held from 10 a.m. to noon at Nokia’s downtown offices, located at 200 S Mathilda (at the corner of Washington).  All are welcome, but please register here, to help provide a head count for the event.  Full information about the app and the event can be found here.

But just as important, please download and use the new app!

This initiative is part of Sunnyvale’s efforts to win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize for reducing energy consumption.  Sunnyvale is one of 50 semi-finalists in the competition.


2016 Study Issues Survey Results

Thanks to everyone who took my study issues survey.  For those who are interested, you can find my write-up of the results here.  The results were a little different this year, in that with the exception of a few study issues on the extremes, there was a general lack of enthusiasm for many/most issues.  Not dislike, just “meh”.  Regardless, the input is useful, and I appreciate everyone who took the time to participate.

Councilmember Griffith’s 2016 Study Issues Survey

It’s that time of year again.  The study issue submission period for 2016 has closed, and staff is preparing the issues for the January 29th all-day study issues workshop, in which Council will review, drop, defer, and rank all study issues and budget supplements.  As I’ve done in the past, I’ve prepared a resident study issue survey, and I’m soliciting your input.

The survey allows you to go through the same process that Council goes through – reviewing the study issues, dropping issues, deferring issues, and ranking the issues that remain.  Note that the staff rankings for the study issues aren’t all available yet.  You can take the survey now, wait until the rankings are available, or even take it now and resubmit it later, accordingly.  The deadline for final submissions is 11:59 p.m., Sunday January 24th.

Have fun!

01/12/2016 Council Preview – Swearings-In

This is our annual ceremonial meeting, where we recognize the outgoing leadership and swear in the incoming leadership for the year.

We have no study or closed sessions, so we get right to it.  We start the evening with special orders of the day recognizing the outgoing Mayor and Vice Mayor, and then the incoming Mayor and Vice Mayor.  We deliberately do this a week after the election because of the unique nature of our elections.  With a 2-year mayoral term, we can’t and don’t have an automatic rotation scheme for Mayor and Vice Mayor, the way many other cities do.  This means the results are much less predictable, which means that candidates don’t know whether or not to invite their family to attend the meeting (which they want when they win but not when they lose).  Separating the ceremonial recognition from the vote allows the winner to invite friends and family only when appropriate, sparing the others some serious embarrassment.

Anyway, I hope to see lots of you there as we swear in Sunnyvale’s new Mayor and Vice Mayor.

We deliberately keep the schedule light otherwise, which is easy because of the holidays and the upcoming study/budget issues workshop.  Other than the ceremonial tasks, we only have the consent calendar, and it’s a small one.  We have the usual stuff plus one agreement with the Serenaders, who perform free concerts at Ortega Park every year.