Category Archives: Downtown Sunnyvale Town Center

Spitaleri solicited money from Sunnyvale’s downtown developer


Tony Spitaleri, mayor of Sunnyvale, California, solicited and received money from the real estate developer that negotiated an agreement to build a 30+ acre project in the city’s downtown.

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Anthony Spitaleri and Downtown Sunnyvale Developer

Spitaleri voted to approve an unusual development agreement, in which the developer/Spitaleri’s donor was excused from the standard requirement of purchasing and posting an overall performance bond. [Such a bond is a guarantee from a third-party (usually a bank or an insurance company) that money needed to complete a specified project will be paid if the contractor fails to fully perform.]   Continue reading

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½ Sunnyvale Garbage Rate Increase goes to Political Donor


Sunnyvale city council is plagued with self-serving, high-spending members, who have a history of asking companies, doing business with the city, to contribute money to the councilmembers.  

The council voted 6-1 to increase residents’ garbage rates.  About 50% of the increase, it turns out, is to fund payment of an added $1,517,500.00 to the garbage companySome Sunnyvale councilmembers received financial contributions from the company owner.   Subsequently councilmembers approved payment of the additional $1,517,500.00.   The payment comes while a valid and binding contract between the city and the garbage company (providing for a lower payment) is in effect.  The city and its residents got nothing in return for transferring the extra money to the councilmembers’ donor.  Continue reading

Sunnyvale Town Center Legal Dispute Continues; Development Stalled


Posted: 04/19/2012, By Alia Wilson, Sunnyvale Sun

While further development of the Sunnyvale Town Center appears to be stalled, a legal case surrounding the  project continues to move along in court.  Continue reading