09/30/2014 Council Preview

Long night, at least for some of us.  We start the evening with our semi-annual performance review for the City Attorney.  This is followed by what should be interesting – a study session on our criteria for accepting park land dedication.  Brief explanation here.  When new housing is constructed, the applicant is required to give us a certain amount of their land, or the cash equivalent.  From memory, the current standard is that for every 1000 new people expected to be housed, an applicant must give us five acres of land, or the cash equivalent at $69/square foot.  And the city has the option to require a land dedication or to accept cash, which is then used to either buy land or perform capital improvements on our existing parks.  But there are times when it’s a bad thing for us to accept land.  For instance, if there are known toxins in the soil, it may create too much liability for the city to accept land.  This study session will go over the existing standards.

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SVBJ: Super Bowl 50 Will Squeeze Hotel Space

The Silicon Valley Business Journal has an article on something a lot of us are already dealing with – the fact that Super Bowl 50 in 2016 will consume every available hotel room in the region.  Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews told the Cities Association of Santa Clara County several months ago “expect every one of your hotels to be fully booked for a couple of weeks”.

One of the more clever ideas I’ve heard floated by some residents is to rent out your home for a week at some obnoxious rate, then spend Super Bowl week in Hawaii instead of in Sunnyvale with money left over.  Engage in this notion at your own risk…

Two Sunnyvale Projects Win SVBJ Structures Awards

The Silicon Valley Business Journal has announced its 2014 Structures Awards winners, and two Sunnyvale projects were honored.  Jay Paul’s new Moffett Place project was awarded Best Speculative Project.  And Sharp Development was awarded Best Reuse/Rehab Project for its net zero redesign of 435 Indio Way.  Congratulations to both award winners for showcasing what’s possible in Sunnyvale.