First, It is my understanding that this property was originally purchased through a bond offering that came before the voters around 1979. I believe that this bond offering limited the sale and use of proceeds from any sale to a few specific and limited choices, but did not allow for funding a branch library. Please identify what those choices are as part of the City’s presentation. Continue reading →
Oct 8, 2013 – Sunnyvale Resident Michael Goldman addressed the City Council regarding Candidate and Vice-Mayor Jim Griffith’s alleged illegal cybersquatting domain registration falsifying his opponent’s Tap Merrick’s identity in an attempt to mislead and defraud voters. Goldman lists a series of violations including Political Cybersquatting, CA’s Political Cyberfraud Abatement Act PCAA (cause a person to believe that a political website has been posted by a person other than a person who posted the website), CA Business and Professions code, and more.
Tuesday, Oct 15 – 7:00pm: City Council Candidate Forum – SunnyvaleResidents – Please attend the forum to be held at City of Sunnyvale Hall, 456 W. Olive Ave or watch online at webcast.insunnyvale.com sponsored by the Cupertino-Sunnyvale League of Women Voters. Continue reading →
An Open Letter to Sunnyvale Mayor Anthony Spitaleri
Dear Mr. Mayor:
Yesterday’s mail brought a letter from you promoting your selection of candidates in the upcoming election. In it you relate how you and your family first settled in Sunnyvale some 47 years ago, at a time when you “couldn’t have asked for a better place to raise a family than in a city which cares about its citizens…” You then describe how during your service to the city you have “emphasized the importance of collaboration and partnership between Community, Business, and Government…” You add: “Sunnyvale must continue… with a collaborative and solution-oriented mind set.” (The italics are mine.)
Mr. Mayor, I remember those days of long ago… and even not so long ago. As a 54-year resident, I agree that Sunnyvale was a very special place. The sun shone on a city of hope and optimism: a center of new technology where anything might be possible; a friendly town where the streets were named for flowers and fruits and birds and there was an active, ongoing campaign to add even more park space and trees; and especially, I agree, a town which cared for its citizens and actually listened to them. Continue reading →
Open Letter from City of Sunnyvale Council Candidate Steve Hoffman:
Jeni, as you can see from the expensive glossy campaign mailers you are receiving in the mail, Sunnyvale’s Unions and out-of-town Developers are funding the election campaigns of their slate of Pro-Unions and Pro-Developer candidates (Griffith, Glenn, and Gustav – the 3 G’s).
After elected, these candidates will vote on matters that will benefit their donors, as neither see any conflict of interest with this. Every election, the same thing happens. The Unions and Developers fund the candidate that will later support their financial interests – just like in Washington DC.
Following are just a few examples of how this is costing you, and how low it has brought our City: ( click here for more info)
$250,000/yr is the average full compensation for public safety officers in Sunnyvale (according to Sunnyvale’s Finance Director Grace Leung). This is the highest in the entire Bay Area and $50,000 higher than the second highest city (click here for more info).
Developers are regularly getting permits to build building that deviate from City codes and exceed the City’s General Plan for growth. All this, without regard to neighbors’ concerns: Forever, residents of the Pine/Beechnut area of the S.N.A.I.L. neighborhood will live under the shadow of the monstrous pair of five-story office buildings approved by Gustav Larsson and Glenn Hendricks as Planning Commissioners, and by Jim Griffith as a Council Member (click here for more info).
On 4/30/13 Sunnyvale’s city council effectively granted $1.5 million to the garbage company. The City had no legal obligation to do so, and it got NOTHING in return. Several Council members took donations from the owner of the garbage company. On July 1st, you got a garbage rate increase. Almost 50% of the increase is to pay for this $1.5 million grant according to Sunnyvale’s Finance Director Grace Leung (click here for more info).
Priceless City lands are being sold (i.e. Raynor Park Activity Center, Murphy Park), while other lands are proposed to be sold (i.e. Civic Center); Playgrounds are been demolished (i.e. CMS), and the City Council refuses to consider purchasing new parklands when opportunities arise ( click here for more info).
Sunnyvale Burglaries have increased at a rate 50% higher than the entire Bay Area rate of increase according to the Mercury News (2011 to 2012). Sunnyvale’s Police Force is smaller than it was 10 years ago because we cannot afford more police officers. Today we pay almost twice as much for significantly less officers (14%) than we had 10 years ago, while our population has dramatically increased (18%).
Council Member Chris Moylan publicly claims that Tap Merrick, Andy Frazer and myself are “part of Council Member Dave Whittum’s hostile takeover of the city council” !?!?!
Candidates Glenn and Gustav see no conflict of interest in taking $3,000 dollars each in campaign donations from Developer John Vidovich who is proposing a 10 story multi building very high density complex on Sunnyvale’s most congested intersection (Fremont/Wolfe/El Camino). All this without regard to outraged residents, Schools been over capacity, traffic jams, scarce water supply, sewage at capacity, and shortages in police patrol officers (click here for more info).
John Vidovich plans to make a similar very high density development on Mary and Fremont.
Griffith, Glenn and Gustav’s (the 3 G’s) campaign yard signs are placed on John Vidovich’s commercial property with his personal permission. Continue reading →
Today Sunnyvale residents received glossy 9×12 fliers in their mailboxes, from the special interest organization PSOA, with a caustic San Jose Mercury Editorial, authored by Barbara Marshman, attacking three genuinely impassioned, community leaders – City of Sunnyvale CouncilCandidates Andy Frazer, Steve Hoffman and Tap Merrick.
While De Anza Building & Maintenance, Inc. has a relatively low profile, the Secretary of State’s website lists Vidovich as the owner. A former employee of the company says it specializes in land use and development deals involving everything from mobile home parks and large apartment complexes to wine vineyards and pistachio farms.
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.
“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 →
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 pounceon his opponent’s unclaimed web addresses. Griffith scooped up alternate versions of “tapmerrickforsunnyvale” web addresses to redirect traffic to his personal re-election website.