Monthly Archives: September 2013

VOTE Frazer, Hoffman and Merrick for Sunnyvale Council and Residential Representation


VOTE:  Seat 1 Andy Frazer , Seat 2 Steve Hoffman , Seat 3 Tap Merrick  for Sunnyvale City Council 2013 Election!

Andy Frazer, Steve Hoffman and Tap Merrick have been actively advocating for your Sunnyvale residential issues including Pension Reform, Public Safety, Raynor Activity Center, Ponderosa Park, S.N.A.I.L. LinkedIn Neighborhood concerns, Lakewood Village (library and pool), Butcher’s Corner, to name a few.  Andy, Steve and Tap are earnest, attending all Sunnyvale City Council Meetings and speaking on behalf of important residential  issues. They have gained strong participation and cooperation from the other residents that support the issues they have championed.

Meanwhile, their opponents Sunnyvale Planning Chair Gustav Larsson, Commissioner Glenn Hendricks and Councilmember Jim Griffith have been busy approving large commercial projects such as the massive LinkedIn building that has stirred a lot of grief among the S.N.A.I.L residents.

View of LinkedIn Building from Pine Avenue

View of LinkedIn Building from Pine Avenue

“Those windows look directly into my back yard,” Anne Davis said. And, according to the Sunnyvale Planning minutes, dated Nov 12, 2012, neither Gustav Larsson nor Glenn Hendricks requested sight line drawings or visibility views to evaluate and protect the residential neighborhood from the 560,000 square foot, 100′ tall “black wall” in their backyards as they call it. Continue reading

Gustav Larsson was a “NO SHOW” not a broker for PAMF compromise


The San Jose Mercury Editorial dated Sept 27, 2013 is falsely stating that “Gustav Larsson calmed residents and brokered a compromise with the city over the PAMF expansion.”

Brokered a compromise? The truth is that Gustav Larssondropped out” of the Sunnyvale Palo Alto Medical Foundation PAMF residential advocacy mid-process, in fact, he was a “NO SHOW” at the Sunnyvale Planning Commission Hearing just a few weeks prior to the Council vote – when each voice and issue mattered!

If Gustav had brokered a deal, wouldn’t it make sense that the Sunnyvale Sun would have interviewed him instead of Jeff Jones? CLICK HERE for the dropbox link to the Sunnyvale Sun interview with Jeff Jones for an article, dated April 29, 2009, regarding the PAMF Sunnyvale Heritage Neighborhood project revision.  Continue reading

Apple Campus 2 Project CEQA EIR Response to Comments Document and Key Dates


From The City of Cupertino Planning

The City of Cupertino is reviewing an application by Apple for the development of an office, research and development campus located in the area bounded by Homestead Road, N. Wolfe Road, I-280 & N. Tantau Avenue and properties located on the east side of N. Tantau Avenue.

Apple Campus 2

Apple Campus 2

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Moffett Place Project Draft Subsequent EIR is available_Key Dates


From David Whittum and Sunnyvale Staff

A Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (DSEIR) has been prepared for Jay Paul Company’s Moffett Place project located in Moffett Park in the area between Borregas Drive and Mathilda Avenue. The project includes six eight-story buildings, two parking structures, an amenities building and an extension of Innovation Way to Bordeaux Drive.

Moffett Place EIR Regional Vicinity Map

Moffett Place EIR Regional Vicinity Map

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CEQA has been a huge benefit, not a detriment, in California


By Steve Blank, Courtesy San Jose Mercury News Sept 10, 2013

The battle is still brewing in Sacramento over the future of the California Environmental Quality Act, known as CEQA. Political pundits correctly predicted it would be the most bruising fight of the session. Many large companies in Silicon Valley have found themselves on the same side as oil refineries and big-box stores which want to gut CEQA.

Every major environmental organization in the state, including the California League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club, is on the other side. Recently, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, offered a solution in the form of SB 731 that would force both sides to make concessions. It was dismissed out of hand by those who would like to see CEQA destroyed.

Click here for the full Mercury Article.

Butcher’s Corner annexation study session Sept 10th at 5:45PM in Council Chambers


Courtesy Steve Sarette

Butcher’s Corner is a roughly 5 acre property tucked away at the corner of El Camino Real, Wolfe, and Fremont in Sunnyvale that is currently a working orchard. This property has been sold to a developer who has publicly stated his plans to build an extremely large, high density development. However, that particular corner is already crowded with traffic, local schools are already jammed to the rafters, and traffic patterns in the immediate area do not appear to support the announced plans (195 residential units, 45,000 square feet of commercial space).  Continue reading

Sunnyvale council hopefuls battle over web domains


Courtesy Sunnyvale Sun, By Alia Wilson:   08/28/2013

A Sunnyvale councilman’s unique tactic for generating web traffic to his re-election campaign is not sitting well with his opponent.

Councilman Jim Griffith is running against Tap Merrick for Seat 3 on the city council, and Griffith was quick to pounce on his opponent’s unclaimed web addresses. Griffith scooped up alternate versions of “tapmerrickforsunnyvale” web addresses to redirect traffic to his personal re-election website.

Click here for the full Mercury News article.