Hard Numbers on How SVCEA Will Change Your Future PG&E Bills

At last night’s meeting of the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority, we approved a resolution establishing the electricity rates that will be charged to customers starting April 1 of this year.  We now have some hard numbers that can be quoted to you, so you can know what impact you can expect SVCEA to have on your PG&E bill.

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01/10/2017 Council Preview – New Council, Study Issues

Happy New Year!  Sorry for the delay – I’ve been wrestling with fixing my Twitter/FB integration.

We start the evening with no study or closed sessions. Instead, we start by certifying the results of the November election.  We then say goodbye to the departing councilmembers and swear in the newly-elected councilmembers.

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Sunnyvale Preparation for Weekend Storms

You’ve probably heard that we’re bracing for a series of storms to hit us this weekend.  Here is what the City of Sunnyvale is doing to prepare the City and its residents for these storms.

Water and Sewer Systems staff have been notified that they may be called in to respond to issues. Our standby staff in the Wastewater Collections Program will also be available 24×7, as part of our normal operations.

Public Safety will staff the Emergency Operations Center during peak hours of the storm, and take action as appropriate.  DPS will push out information through Nixle for our community to be aware of any incidents that may impact our streets or key areas of service.

As background, staff has been preparing for winter storms over some time.  For example, staff has already cleaned out all the trash capture devices and over 4,200 storm catch basins. As a precaution, the two Storm Pump Stations are being inspected today to ensure that the pumps are ready and the screens are clear.

Additionally, we’re preparing a supply of sand bags for public use.  The City will provide details on this and other storm-related planning and news through its normal information channels when they become available.  So keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter, and Nixle for more up-to-date news.

12/13/2016 Council Preview – Year End!

Looking over this week’s agenda, I figure we should finish this meeting sometime in 2017.

We start the meeting with a closed session to discuss a case of ongoing litigation.  This is followed by a second closed session involving “significant exposure to litigation”.  We then have two more closed sessions to review the City Attorney’s and City Manager’s performance (these are regularly scheduled at this time).

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12/06/2016 Council Preview – LSAP and Another Single Story Overlay

Pretty diverse agenda, as we try to wrap things up before the holidays.

We start the evening with a discussion of the pension trust fund. There has been a lot of news on this front, mostly at the state level, as the CalPERS board is wrestling with changes to the way it determines its expected rate of return and cities’ contributions.  This has become more urgent since CalPERS has had a couple of bad investment years recently, including this year.  This is a major concern for cities, since the most likely scenario has cities contributing more to make up the shortcomings in investments.  And that would cost cities millions that are already needed to pay for core services.

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