04/08/2014 Council Preview

Mixed bag, but probably a pretty quick evening in the end.

We start the evening with a closed session regarding the City Manager recruitment, followed by an interesting study session.  We’ll be going over the proposed Landbank office complex on Wolfe and Arques.

The general meeting starts with two special orders of the day imaginable – recognition of National Library Week and recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.  The consent calendar is a bit big.  Most noteworthy is a resolution that will allow us to establish 15 mph zones in proximity to Lakewood Elementary School.  There’s a gutter/sidewalk contract, another WPCP contract, the master plans for boards and commissions, and second reading of the ordinances related to the rezoning of the Sares-Regis and Raintree projects from our last meeting.

Item 2 has us entering into an agreement for playground equipment at the new Swegles Park.

Item 3 is appeal of approval for a child care center at the old NOVA location on Pastoria.  I’m told that this was not correctly noticed, and it will be postponed to April 29th.

Item 4 is consideration of a use permit for a new office building on Pastoria near Maude.  I’m told that this one was also not correctly noticed, and it will be postponed to April 29th.

Item 5 has us examining the height requirements for R-3 zoning and possibly making changes in responses to our past experiences with R-3 developments.

Item 6 is our annual review of the Sunnyvale Downtown Business Improvement District.

And that’s about it.

Sunnyvale DPS Using Nixle For Real-Time Public Safety Alerts

Sunnyvale’s Department of Public Safety is now using Nixle to provide real-time alerts when public safety incidents need to be sent out.  Residents can sign up for Nixle by doing the following:

  1. Go to www.nixle.com and click on “Sign Up Free!”
  2. Enter the information that is requested.  You do not need to provide your home phone number, since Nixle sends texts to cell phones.
  3. At this point, you can add areas of interest in the Settings tab, or you can respond to the text message sent to your cellphone to specify ZIP codes you want to monitor.  This will automatically sign you up for Sunnyvale DPS alerts.

Sunnyvale DPS uses Nixle to send out alerts about school lockdowns, timely traffic incidents, evacuations and shelter-in-place events, and other incidents that residents may want to monitor.


03/25/2014 Council Preview

This is going to be a very long night, what with two closed sessions, three big land use issues, and a bunch of other stuff to get done.

We start the evening with another closed session regarding the City Manager recruitment.  This is followed by a second closed session involving labor negotiations with the Sunnyvale Management Association and SEIU 521.

The consent calendar is pretty short.  We’ve got the usual stuff, approval of two final tract maps for projects previously approved by the city, and second reading of the addition of e-cigarettes to our smoking ordinances.

Item 2 and 3 are related.  Item 2 involves a joint Environmental Impact Report for two proposed projects on either side of Fair Oaks Avenue north of 101.  And item 3 involves potential rezoning of the properties in question.  The one west of Fair Oaks is divided in half with two different zonings, and the applicant is asking for the southern half to be rezoned to match the northern half.  The one east of Fair Oaks is zoned industrial, and that applicant is asking for it to be rezoned residential (R-4/PD).

Item 4 involves approving a pilot project for LED streetlights.  We’ve done LED streetlights already (about 20% of our lights), but those have been on arterials and collectors, not residential streets.  This will do a pilot on residential streets to gauge resident reaction and allow the city to tailor them before rolling something out city-wide.

Item 5 is our annual progress report on how we’re doing implementing our Housing Element.

Item 6 is a design review of a proposed 6-story office building in Peery Park.

Item 7 involves adopting a reporting program for a storm pump station that operates on Calabazas Creek.

Item 8 has us considering spending $50k for an ecosystem analysis of the landfill and Baylands related to the proposed improvements to the landfill and possible location of Animal Assisted Happiness at Baylands.

Item 9 is approval of a $8.6 million contract for management of reconstruction of the Water Pollution Control Plant.

Friends of Stevens Creek Trail Hosting Public Forum March 28th

The Friends of Stevens Creek Trail are hosting a forum on Friday March 28th, titled “Urban Trail Connections: Pros, Cons, and Information” at West Valley Elementary School.  The intent is both to educate the public on the impact of trail connections on neighborhoods and to gather input and resident concerns.  More information can be found here.

This event is not sponsored by the City of Sunnyvale.