Monthly Archives: November 2011

PAMF Sutter Health Exhaust Vents Called “Substantive Disregard of Human Health” for 80-Year-Old Woman


To me, the most disturbing and distasteful feature of the Sunnyvale Palo Alto Medical Foundation, designed by Hawley Peterson Snyder, is the nonchalant placement of the Parking Garage Exhaust Vent adjacent to an 80-year-old woman’s home which was omitted from study in the PAMF DEIR/FEIR.

PAMF Parking Garage Vents
PAMF Parking Garage Vents

During the June 23, 2009 Council Hearinga compelling speaker, Trustee Robert Varesio, implored “The Planning Commission would not address or answer my questions about persistent proximate exposure.”       Continue reading

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Problems Piling Up High-Speed Rail Study: Tunnel Impractical


By Tracy Seipel: San Jose Mercury News
tseipel@mercurynews.com
11/15/2011

High-Speed Rail Authority confirms engineering challenges, but push to
go underground won’t die. Add one more to the ever-expanding list of problems facing California’s grand plan for high-speed rail: It can’t go underground in San Jose, the backers of the system say.

Concepts of a station and track alignment for high-speed rail at the Diridon site in downtown San Jose. (California High Speed Rail Authority and Newlands & Company, Inc (NC3D)) Courtesy San Jose Mercury News

Concepts of a station and track alignment for high-speed rail at the Diridon site in downtown San Jose. (California High Speed Rail Authority and Newlands & Company, Inc (NC3D)) Courtesy San Jose Mercury News

Echoing previous studies, a report released Monday by the California High-Speed Rail Authority concluded that there is no viable tunnel option to accommodate high-speed trains below downtown’s Diridon Station.   Continue reading

High-Speed Rail: Judge Again Orders Peninsula Route Scrapped


San Jose Mercury News, 2011-11-11
By Mike Rosenberg
mrosenberg@mercurynews.com

Once again, a judge on Thursday ordered the state to scrap its plans to zip high-speed trains from Gilroy to San Jose and up the Peninsula, saying officials failed to show how the massive route would harm local traffic and homes.

An artist's rendering of the proposed high-speed rail line station_Courtesy LA Times

An artist's rendering of the proposed high-speed rail line station_Courtesy LA Times

Even so, the California High-Speed Rail Authority signaled it would reapprove the route along the Caltrain corridor after completing more studies to appease the judge. That could trigger yet another lawsuit, extending a three-year long legal battle against the polarizing $99 billion bullet train project.

The cities of Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Atherton don’t want the elevated tracks to divide their communities, create an eyesore and lower property values. So they sued in October 2010 to ax the Bay Area route for the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles line. They prefer a railroad that would run through the East Bay and across the Dumbarton Bridge to San Francisco.  Continue reading

2011 Nov 8 Election Results Sunnyvale


Congratulations David Whittum (Seat 4) and Pat Meyering (Seat 5)!

For those who did not support Measure A, you won!

For Consolidat​ed Election Results CLICK HERE

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Battle Heats Up Over How to Choose a Mayor in Sunnyvale


By Tracy Seipel_San Jose Mercury News
tseipel@mercurynews.com
Posted: 11/04/2011

Opponents of a controversial ballot measure in Sunnyvale that would allow residents to directly elect their mayor are accusing developers of hijacking the issue for their own benefit.

Those battling Measure A worry that big-money contributors who help put a mayor into office will expect to be rewarded with lucrative contracts and favors in return.

The measure’s critics say the proof lies not only in the generous campaign contributions from mostly out-of-town developers and builders but also in what some are calling the proponents’ flagrant effort to mislead the public before Tuesday’s election.  Continue reading

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Vote Nov 8th Pat Meyering, David Whittum and Steve Hoffman_Sunnyvale City Council_Public Servants with Integrity


Vote for Sunnyvale Public Servants with Integrity Pat Meyering (Seat 5), David Whittum (Seat 4) and Steve Hoffman (Seat 6) City Council on Nov 8th!

Pat Meyering, David Whittum and Steve Hoffman are Sunnyvale Citizens working  for your best interests. In fact, contrary to their opponents, their campaigns are self-funded in order to exercise an objective thinking decision-making process to benefit you, not special interest groups.

Special Interest Watch is a valuable resource to discover who has, and is, funding the past, current and future City of Sunnyvale Council Members. When you review Special Interest Watch, ask yourself “Did the Council just vote on my behalf or the party to whom contributed to their election?”   Continue reading