09/20/2016 Council Preview – Peery Park Specific Plan

We start the evening with a study session on Sunnyvale logo and branding.  Staff and consultants have been working for some time to update Sunnyvale’s branding, consulting with residents, staff, and Council, and we’re going to get a first look at what they’ve come up with.

The general session starts with recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The consent calendar is pretty small since we just met last week.  We’ve got a contract related to developing recycled/re-used water systems, increasing contingency for development of the Peery Park Specific Plan, a contract related to Microsoft Office, and a second reading of an ordinance from last week.

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09/13/2016 Council Preview – Filling the Seventh Seat

Sorry this is so late – it’s a busy time.

We start the evening with yet another closed session regarding ongoing labor negotiations.  This is followed by a study session on updating the El Camino Real Corridor Plan.

The general session starts with the swearing-in of Larry Klein as a Councilmember.  This is one of those bifurcated meetings, where we certify the election results without Larry on the dais, then swear him in, then continue business.  Note that we don’t reshuffle seats for this – we only do the seat dance at a January meeting following an election.

We then have a special order recognizing Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

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Airplane Noise Update: Citizens Group Playing Dirty Pool With Sunnyvale

As I’ve previously mentioned, the FAA has agreed to a 6-month test period, during which Surf Air flights are being redirected more over Sunnyvale in the hopes of an overall reduction in air traffic noise (the logic being that more time spent over water is less time spent over people).  After that six month period, the FAA will be reviewing the complaints received to determine if it is appropriate to make the redirection permanent.

We’ve been informed that a citizens group calling itself “Calm The Skies” has launched a blatantly dishonest attempt to skew the results of the test period and bias the findings.  This group is calling for a “moratorium” on resident noise complaints, so as to ensure that the FAA finds that the redirection over Sunnyvale “generated fewer complaints”.  This group is basically placing its fingers on the scale, in order to change the outcome of what was supposed to be a fact-based study of the changes caused by the flight diversions.  Simply put, they don’t care about “best practices”.  They just want to toss their garbage over the fence into Sunnyvale’s yard, and they want to trick the FAA into making it legal to do so.

I’ve seen no evidence that this “organization” is anything more than one guy with a WordPress site, although other advocates have interacted with the people behind it.  Nevertheless, I would encourage Sunnyvale residents to contact “Calm The Skies” and voice your opinion of their conduct and tactics.

08/23/2016 Council Preview

Pretty diverse night. We start the evening with another closed session regarding ongoing labor negotiations.  Then comes a biggie – a study session to discuss the draft EIR and the Land Use and Transportation Element (LUTE), which has been a long time in the making.

The regular meeting starts with a presentation from Foothill-De Anza.  I’m hoping they’re going to talk about the new Foothill College satellite campus in Sunnyvale.

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Sunnyvale’s Civic Leaders Unite To Defeat November’s Measure M

Sunnyvale’s elected officials, civic leaders and residents have joined forces to defeat Measure M on the November ballot in Sunnyvale.  Measure M revokes Sunnyvale’s authority over its own public land in favor of dozens of costly ballot measures and special elections for even simple office leases.

While proposed with good intent, the authors crafted a measure with unintended consequences that are devastating to Sunnyvale’s core city services – public safety, roads, parks, and library services. The resulting bureaucracy and manpower required to oversee Measure M and ensure compliance would require deep cuts to these services.  Worse, the vaguely-written ordinance would subject Sunnyvale to frequent and repeated lawsuits, handing any disgruntled individual legal grounds to sue to delay or stop any project.  Sunnyvale has first-hand experience with such tactics, due to the Town Center lawsuits, and Measure M would extend that legal vulnerability to virtually all real estate transactions involving public and some private land.

I encourage folks to check out the campaign site at www.SaveOurSunnyvale.com!