REMINDER_COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT and SIGN Butcher’s Corner PETITION


Dear Sunnyvale Residents, this is a reminder that the City of Sunnyvale Council Final Hearing for Butcher’s Corner is tonight, Dec. 13, 2016 at 7:00pm. You are encouraged to attend and speak. Be sure to get your “Don’t Butcher the Corner” sticker as you enter.

  • Date: Tuesday, December 13th, City Council hearing – Final EIR and project plan for Butcher’s Corner
  • Where: Council Chambers, 456 W Olive Ave between S Mathilda and S. Pastoria Ave.
  • When: 7 PM, 5th item on agenda
  • Parking: Lot at City Hall (across from library) OR on street OR in lot at corner of Mathilda and Olive

Please SIGN the PETITION here: SUNNYVALE BUTCHER’S CORNER PETITION

The proposed Butcher’s Corner Project includes 99 apartments (6 and 7 story) as well as 39 3-story townhomes, significant and unavoidable traffic impacts at Kingfisher and Fremont, and includes deviations for EL Camino bldg front set-back, Fremont Ave front set-back, and reduced distance between buildings.

The Sunnyvale Planning Commission recommends a new traffic study, the Heritage Preservation Commission recommends that 6 trees be named Heritage Resources, the Stocklmeir school is grossly overcrowded and many, many people object to this project for a host of other reasons.

Topics to speak on – the inadequacy of EIR, or the many issues relating to the project as a whole.  There will be only one hearing and one opportunity to speak. Speakers have 3 minutes. Visual aids are allowed, such as PowerPoint or PDF files. We are expecting the developer to bring lobbyists and high density development enthusiasts, so it is very important that the residents stand up for their community and reasonable development.

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Butcher’s Corner HEARINGS Message from Holly Lofgren


Courtesy Holly Lofgren

Neighbors,

The hearings for Butcher’s Corner are now scheduled!  Helpful links are below. Please plan to attend these pivotal meetings!

  • November 28, 2016 (Planning Commission recommendation) 7:00PM, Council Chambers
  • December 13, 2016 (City Council final decision)  7:00PM, Council Chambers

The EIR is found HERE

You may also wish to email the City Council at: council@sunnyvale.ca.gov or contact currently elected representatives to let them know how you feel about this proposed project.  The candidate promises made in regards to Butcher’s Corner are here:

Please pass this notice on to all your neighborhood associations, nextdoor groups and other groups.  Getting the word out is essential to our neighbors knowing about the hearings so that they are able to attend and participate. Please send it out today!

Thank you!
Holly

Message from Councilmember-elect Michael Goldman BUTCHER’S CORNER


Courtesy Sunnyvale Councilmember-elect Michael Goldman

There is a huge development planned for “Butcher’s Corner” (see Blog for “now” vs “planned” photos) – the piece of land at the corner of Wolfe, El Camino, and Fremont. That is already the 2nd worst intersection in Sunnyvale (after 101 & 237) and this will make it just a nightmare.

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Butcher’s Corner Wolfe and El Camino After Development

PLEASE write the Sunnyvale city council at council@sunnyvale.ca.gov to tell them the plans should *not* be approved – at the very least ask them to wait until the new City Council takes office in January. The city council has seen how close measure M came to passing, and how every incumbent lost. They will be responsive if they get enough emails indicating their own re-election might be in danger if they approve it.

CLICK HERE for my blog post for more details.

Sunnyvale should buy it from De Anza Properties for a park. There is $18M unspent in the park dedication fund and Vidovich only spent $14M to buy it.

They are trying to get this through in the last minute while everyone is pre-occupied with holiday events by combining the final EIR report AND final plan approval (which I have never seen done) on the same Dec. 13 session – the last council session before the new council takes over.

Thanks,
Michael Goldman
Sunnyvale City Councilmember-elect for Seat 7

“Butcher’s Corner” Hearings Nov. 28 and Dec. 13, 2016


City of Sunnyvale
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The purpose of the Butcher’s Corner Final EIR is to provide written responses to comments received on the Draft EIR. An electronic copy of the Final EIR, appendices and revised project plans are available on the project webpage at ButchersCorner.InSunnyvale.com. Hard copies of the Final EIR also available for review at City Hall, the Sunnyvale Public Library and the Sunnyvale Community Center.

Upcoming public hearings to consider the certification of the Final EIR and the development application are scheduled for November 28, 2016 (Planning Commission recommendation) and December 13, 2016 (City Council final decision). Notices for the hearings will be sent out early next week (at least 10 days before the hearing date).

  • November 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. – Planning Commission (recommendation to City Council on the EIR and project)
  • December 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. – Heritage Preservation Commission (recommendation to City Council on the heritage tree study)
  • December 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. – City Council (final decision on the EIR, project and heritage tree study)

CLICK HERE for INFO Butcher Corner Heritage Preservation Commission Hearing and City Council Hearing

CLICK HERE for INFO Butcher Corner Special Planning Commission Hearing and City Council HearinG

CLICK HERE for the BUTCHER’S CORNER Final EIR

Advice from Councilmember Pat Meyering regarding YES on Measure M Sunnyvale


Courtesy Sunnyvale Councilmember Pat Meyering

Voters in Sunnyvale were sent a Sample Ballot & Voter Information Pamphlet by the County Registrar.

On Page 44, there is a half-page Impartial Analysis of Measure M.  It says the Proposed Changes of Measure M affect “Leases in excess of 55 years . . .”

None of the leases at the Sunnyvale Office Center have a duration of more than a few years.

Jim Griffith voted several times over public opposition to sell a portion of Raynor Park.   Jim voted over public opposition to allow the new owner to exclude Sunnyvale residents from use of the remaining “public park” space when the new owner wanted to conduct activities on the “public” park land.

Measure M, the Public Land for Public Use Act, requires such city council decisions to be approved by a simple majority of voters.   Santa Clara + Milpitas are seeking approval by two-thirds of voters. Continue reading

Sunnyvale VOTE YES on Measure M


Save Sunnyvale Public Lands Act

Save Sunnyvale Public Lands Act

Why is a Chicago-based super-PAC spending so much money to defeat a local land measure?

See how Sunnyvale Measure M will protect our public lands. How would you feel if the nation’s second-largest super-PAC pumped money into defeating a Sunnyvale public land measure?

The National Association of Realtors (NAR), has spent $95K to defeat Measure M–so far.  It might interest you to know that the NAR is the public policy arm of a large group of real estate developers. NAR follows the governmental recommendations of the local Silicon Valley Association of Realtors SILVAR Legislative Committee. The former Sunnyvale Mayor John Howe is a SILVAR Trustee and decision-maker. Continue reading

VOTE Seat 5: PAT MEYERING Reelect for Sunnyvale City Council


VOTE Seat 5: PAT MEYERING Reelect for Sunnyvale City Council

Factual and powerful, Councilmember Pat Meyering sheds disclosure that many try to silence. Pat has never accepted donations from special interests or developers and believes that Council must be barred from voting on their donors proposals.

CLICK HERE for the article “Why is Pat Meyering being Silenced.”

CLICK HERE for Pat Meyering’s Campaign website.