04/19/2016 Council Preview – Council Vacancy

First, a warning – we may be having a special meeting this week, in addition to the normally scheduled one.  Stay tuned.

We start the meeting with another closed session involving PSOA and SEA labor negotiations.

The consent calendar is big, mostly because of the second readings of four ordinances.  There’s a grant reimbursement agreement with SCVWD which is pretty nice.  SCVWD received a $4 million grant from the State, and under a previous agreement, SCVWD gets $2.5 million for Wolfe Road work and Sunnyvale gets $1.5 million for Water Pollution Control Plant work.  There’s an agreement to loan $1m of CDBG and HOME funds to rehabilitate Crescent Terrace Apartments, a senior housing complex.  There’s a contract expansion for temporary IT services – we’re having a hard time finding full-time employees to fill IT vacancies.  And there’s a contract amendment for outside counsel.

Item 2 is our annual renewal of the Downtown Sunnyvale Business Improvement District.

Item 3 is a bit interesting – an application to rezone a neighborhood including Devonshire and Dartshire as a single-story overlay district.  Without any particular incident motivating them, the neighborhood is requesting that we place a single-story limit on their neighborhood.  We have a process where a majority of a neighborhood can do this, although there are fees associated with doing so.

Item 4 is a big one – consideration of a rezoning request from Industrial to Transit-Oriented Development Industrial in Moffett Park and acceptance of the related Subsequent Environmental Impact Report.

Item 5 has us declaring a vacancy for Council Seat 4 and calling for a special election to fill the seat.  In short, the City Charter gives us no discretion as to our choice of actions, given Councilmember Whittum’s resignation date.

Item 6 has us considering how to be accredited as a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community.  In short, the criteria for achieving this aren’t easily quantifiable, staff believes we’ve got a 50/50 chance of getting certified as is, our chances would be improved by plans already in the works, and staff recommends going ahead and applying now.

And item 7 has us adopting an ordinance regarding water-efficient landscaping requirements to meet state standards.

That’s it.  There’s one additional item of note, however – an information item on status of the Town Center development efforts.  It’s worth checking out.

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