02/06/2018 Council Preview – Google Plans for Moffett Park

We start the evening with two closed sessions.  The first involves council chambers security.  The second involves negotiations with the Public Safety Managers Association.

The consent calendar is pretty typical. Beyond the usual, we’ve got our quarterly investment report, rejection of bids for a study for a new Emergency Operations Center, the annual work plans for the boards and commissions, and the second reading of an SSCD ordinance.  Finally, there’s an interesting amendment of the contract for designing the Bernardo undercrossing. Originally, the intent was to just have the undercrossing go under the railroad tracks. But due to development in Mountain View and other factors, staff wants to expand the contract to examine an undercrossing that extends under Central Expressway.

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01/23/2018 Council Preview – Study Issues Public Hearing

We start the evening with a closed session regarding the City Manager’s annual performance evaluation.  This is followed by a presentation on the status of the High Speed Rail project, which should be interesting.

The general session starts with a couple of special orders.  We’ll be recognizing the outgoing and incoming Vice Mayors. We’ll also be recognizing the launch of Sunnyvale Working Scholars , a program that enables Sunnyvale residents to earn a bachelors degree.

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01/09/2018 Council Preview – Vice Mayor Selection, IGRs, LAPs, and Seating

Happy New Year to everyone.

We start this meeting with two closed sessions – one involving ongoing negotiations with the Communication Officers Association, one involving the City Attorney’s annual performance review.  This is followed by a special order of the day to acknowledge National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

The consent calendar is pretty small – the usual meeting minutes and list of bills, plus the annual review of the Code of Ethics.

Note that in the past, we have held our annual public hearing on proposed study issues and budget supplements during the first meeting of the year.  That’s not happening this year – it will be on January 23rd.

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01/24/2017 Council Preview – Blue Bonnet and SSCDs

This agenda is all over the place.

We start the evening with a closed session involving property negotiations for the remaining half of the Corn Palace.  This is followed by a closed session involving the City Attorney’s performance review.

The general session starts with special orders of the day to swear in the new Mayor and Vice Mayor.  The consent calendar is a big one since we’ve gone a while without a meeting.  We’ve got an increase in a contract for NOVA-related services.  There’s a reimbursement agreement for street improvements at Maude and Mathilda related to a nearby development project.  There’s an increase in a contract for temporary fire inspection services.  There’s a temporary easement agreement related to the Fair Oaks Overpass rehabilitation.  We’re increasing legal agreements related to litigation over Summit Schools, and another one involving ongoing labor negotiation services.  There’s a required agreement with the State involving UUT collection.  We’ve got a contract for leasing golf carts.  There’s a contract to rehab the Fair Oaks Park building, as well as replacing the skate park lights with energy efficient lights.  And then there’s the second reading of an ordinance.

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Public Works, Up Close And Personal

I got first-hand exposure to Sunnyvale’s Public Works staff last night, when the rain split a forked redwood tree on the court nearest to me and took down half the tree into the street, blocking all access.  The first I heard was when a neighbor texted me photos of the downed tree.  She’d already contacted Public Safety, so there wasn’t anything for me to do.  She filled me in on what was happening until I got off work and returned home.  Checking it out, it was pure luck that nobody was hurt and no property was damaged.  The tree missed all parked cars, and nobody was out walking since it was raining.  It was kind of a big deal because it blocked off all street access to sixty or so homes.  There was a back way in, through another complex’s driveway, but a lot of new residents probably don’t know about it.  Condo complexes can be a bit of a maze.

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