06/21/2016 Council Preview – Pensions, Utility Rates, and Land Use Appeals

Very long day.  We start the afternoon unusually early for a lengthy presentation on Sunnyvale’s current and future CalPERS obligations. In short, Sunnyvale tends to use its own actuarials to forecast our pension obligations, rather than depending entirely upon the State to tell us what’s going to happen.  We’ve found that it can take the State years to finally getting around to taking certain actions, and we can lessen the impact on Sunnyvale by doing our own forecasting and taking action sooner rather than later. In this case, our actuarials have some forecasts based on the two very bad years of CalPERS investment returns, and they will be presenting their long-term projections.

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06/14/2016 Council Preview – Moffett Towers II and Annual Fees

This will be a very, very long day.

We start the evening with a pretty long closed session regarding ongoing labor negotiations. [Note: edited to remove mention of a CalPERS presentation that is next week, not this week.]

Our regular meeting starts with a recognition of National Flag Day.  We then get into a very large consent calendar.  One interesting item is the transfer of an affordable housing project to a new owner. There’s also a contract for purchasing body-worn cameras and associated equipment and services for our public safety officers. There’s another NOVA-related contract, a filter contract for the WPCP, the annual Downtown Parking District Assessment, and our required November election resolution. There’s the allocation for a grant related to EMS data hardware.  There is a necessary change to city salaries related to our raising the minimum wage. PG&E needs an easement related to the Wolfe Road purple pipe project. We’re giving the California Theatre Center a below-market rental rate. And we’ve got two second readings of ordinances related to Summit Denali.

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05/17/2016 Council Preview – Civic Center

Bunch of things on this agenda.  We start the evening with a closed session to discuss ongoing litigation.  This is followed by a study session to discuss our annual performance review for the City Manager and our 6-month performance review for the City Attorney.  We do the serious reviews annually, and sort of a spot review at 6 months, but we also do a serious review six months after an employee is hired (which is the case for the City Attorney).

Our 6:00 events feature two special orders and two presentations.  The special orders recognize National Teen Self-Esteem Month and National Public Works Week.  Then we have a presentation on Schools Goin’ Green.  This is followed by discussion of our Zero Waste Composting Project.  My guess on the last one is that it involves collection of food waste, as food waste is the next big item we’re pursuing.

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05/03/2016 Council Preview – Climate Action Plan Update

Pretty diverse night.  We start the evening with another closed session regarding the ongoing labor negotiations with SEA and PSOA.

We then continue in Council Chambers. Evidently, Mayor Hendricks is scheduling certain non-business items in Chambers before the general business meeting at 7:00. Starting at 5:55 p.m., we have a very brief meeting regarding the Redevelopment Successor Agency.

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Special Council Meeting Called For Tuesday 4/19 – Friday’s Fire

Just a quick heads-up that we have scheduled a special Council meeting tonight at 6:55, right before the normal meeting, in order to consider urgency measures to assist the residents of Twin Pines Manor Apartments displaced by Friday’s fire.  In short, the recovery efforts for the fire have overwhelmed the resources available from Sunnyvale Community Services, as well as the City Manager’s spending authority.  So the City Manager is asking Council to authorize additional resources.

This special council meeting is scheduled for 6:55 p.m., immediately before the start of our normal meeting.