08/26/2014 Council Preview – Land Use, Land Use, Land Use

We start the evening with the first half of this round’s Board and Commission interviews, which are open to the public but rarely attended by members of the public.  The second half is scheduled for September 16th, which is when appointments should happen.

The meeting starts out with not one but two special orders of the day.  First, Goodwill is presenting a check to the Lakewood Village Neighborhood Association.  Goodwill offers the opportunity for neighborhoods to fill a Goodwill truck and get paid for it, and Lakewood Village pursued such an endeavor.  The second recognizes the 50th anniversary of AYSO and the 40th anniversary in Sunnyvale.

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08/12/2014 Council Preview – Temporary Homeless Shelter

Long night ahead.  We start the evening with a closed session regarding ongoing labor negotiations with the Sunnyvale Managers Association (SMA).  This is followed by a study session on council protocol and efficiency.  I’m not exactly sure where this study session is going to head, because different councilmembers have different expectations about what is to be accomplished.  We’ll see.

The consent calendar is typical – a library grant, contracts for the sewer system and for toxicity testing, the quarterly investment report, giving BAWSCA authority to negotiate our SFPUC water rates, and appointments to NOVA.

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07/29/2014 Council Preview – Homestead/Canary Appeal

Looks to be a relatively short general meeting.  We start the evening with a closed session regarding ongoing labor negotiations with the Sunnyvale Managers Association and  SEIU 521.  Then we get to business.

The general meeting starts with a special order of the day recognizing National Safe Digging Day.  There is a nationwide emphasis on what’s called “call before you dig” services.  This is a free service offered by utility companies to mark the presence of underground utilities before doing any sort of digging work.  This prevents gas breaks and accidentally severing underground fiberoptic cable, both of which are extremely expensive and sometimes dangerous to deal with after a break has happened.  Locally, I believe you can call 811 and the utilities will mark the relevant utilities within 24 hours of the phone call.

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