Another diverse night.
We start the evening with a closed session regarding ongoing labor negotiations with two bargaining units, the Sunnyvale Managers Association (SMA) and SEIU 521 (largely the part-time employees). This is followed by a second closed session regarding the Google Fiber efforts.
Our wonderful staff members have assembled a terrific photo history display of early Sunnyvale in the Council Conference Room in City Hall. If you’re in the neighborhood and bump into a councilmember, I’d encourage you to ask them to show it to you. For those of you who eschew visits to City Hall, I took some quick photos.
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).
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.
There are good awards to win, and there are bad awards to win. And then there are those awards that are just downright weird.
Somehow, Movato has compiled a list of the snobbiest mid-sized cities in America, and Sunnyvale is ranked #8 in their nationwide poll. Movato’s somewhat dubious methodology compared such factors as median home price, median household income, frequency of college degrees, and presence of private schools, performing arts, art galleries, country clubs, and (absence of) fast food restaurants, based on 2010 US Census data and business listings. In assembling its list, Movato notes that Sunnyvale scores high because of its highest median home prices of all cities, fourth highest household income, and fifth highest percentage of college graduates.
I’d deign to respond to Movato’s characterization about Sunnyvale, but it’s beneath me, so I just can’t be bothered to comment. Besides, it’s martini hour.