Tonight’s Study Session and Friday’s Study Issues Workshop Postponed

We are rescheduling tonight’s study session for the City Manager and City Attorney performance evaluations and Friday’s Study Issues Workshop to a date to be determined, because I have to fly out of state immediately due to a family emergency (I’m posting this from the airport).  The dates for the new sessions are still to be determined, but I’m hoping to hold the Study Issues Workshop on Friday, February 13th.  I apologize for the massive inconvenience that this causes the city.

Dueling SV Economic Statistics

Two different data sets paint an interesting portrait of the relative economic conditions of the county’s cities.  They got me thinking about the state of the various cities, so I’m posting this.

The first, an infographic tweeted by Mercury News reporter Mike Rosenberg (@RosenbergMerc), shows the jobs/resident ratios of the larger of Silicon Valley’s cities (plus Fremont).  Short answer – Sunnyvale is on the low end of the relative cities, placing 5th of 7 with 1.22 jobs per resident.  Palo Alto was tops with 2.89 jobs per resident, and San Jose is at the bottom with .89 jobs per resident.  Combined with other statistics I found, it implies that Sunnyvale is doing better on its jobs/housing ratio than neighboring cities.

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01/13/2015 Council Preview – BRT Environmental Impact Report

Pretty simple agenda tonight.  We start the evening with a closed session meeting to discuss ongoing negotiations with the Communication Officers Association.  This is followed by a study session on Emergency Management Operations.

This meeting will be closed in memory of former Library Board Trustee Tom Flaherty.  First up in the general session is to recognize former Vice Mayor Davis’ contributions over the past year, then to swear in new Vice Mayor Martin-Milius.  There will be speeches…

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Mayor Griffith’s 2015 Study Issues Survey

It’s that time of year again.  The study issue submission period for 2015 has closed, and staff is preparing the issues for the January 30th all-day study issues workshop, in which Council will review, drop, defer, and rank all study and budget issues.  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 write-ups for some of the study issues aren’t all available yet, and some will not be available until January 23rd.  You can take the survey now, wait until the write-ups are complete, or even take it now and resubmit it later, accordingly.  The deadline for final submissions is 11:59 p.m., Sunday January 25th.

Have fun!