Category Archives: Sunnyvale City Council

June 11th Sunnyvale Garbage Rate Hike Vote_Council Conflict of Interest?


Courtesy: Pat Meyering Sunnyvale City Council member – Seat 5 

On Tuesday, June 11, 2013, Sunnyvale city council will vote to increase your garbage rates. About 50% of the increase is to fund payment of an added $1,517,500.00 to the garbage company. Some Sunnyvale councilmembers have received financial contributions from the company owner. Subsequently the majority of councilmembers approved payment of the additional $1,517,500.00.

This 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 get nothing in return for transferring the extra money to the councilmembers’ donor. The original garbage processing contract was awarded through a competitive bidding process. The benefits to Sunnyvale residents of using a low bid procedure are being undone by the city council paying more than the originally agreed contract price.  Continue reading

City of Sunnyvale Covertly Proposes Selling 14 Acres of City Land and Open Space


Sunnyvale City Hall is pursuing a concept to sell off substantial portions of the city-owned land and open space in the nine square blocks between Mathilda and Pastoria and from El Camino to just south of Iowa Ave.

This plan was first revealed to some residents at the July 31 2012 special council meeting, held at the Sunnyvale Public Library and not televised or video or audio recorded. The meeting was supposed to deal with the Library and Civic Center Facility Options. No notice was given that the city government was going to propose the sale.  Continue reading

City of Sunnyvale Credit Rating Under Scrutiny


Sunnyvale Councilmember Pat Meyering probes the city for debts and billing receipts. A group of Sunnyvale citizens are advocating discussion with Sunnyvale City Staff about sensible and sustainable reform of the city pension system. City Manager Gary Luebbers states “we’re in good condition,” yet ratings agency Moody’s lists the City of Sunnyvale for a possible credit downgrade. If you haven’t read “Boomerang,” by Michael Lewis, please consider doing so.

10/11/2012_San Jose Mercury News, By John Woolfolk and Mark Emmons

CITIES UNDER SCRUTINY_MOODY’S RATING AGENCY

Los Gatos, which boasts a Rolls-Royce dealership, is among 30 California cities on the list for a possible credit downgrade from ratings agency Moody’s. So are Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, home to high-tech titans, and the East Bay’s tony Danville.   Continue reading

Supremes Will Hear Case in Neighbors for Smart Rail v Expo Construction Authority


Courtesy LA.Streets.Blog.org Damien Newton August 8, 2012

The California State Supreme Court will hear the case of Neighbors for Smart Rail (NFSR), a coalition of Westside homeowners, community groups and businesses, against Phase II of the Expo Line.  NFSR alleges that the environmental documents for the line were improperly compared because it based traffic on future projections instead of the current status on the street.

Phase II of the Expo Line will eventually connect the existing Expo Line, which runs from Downtown L.A. to Downtown Culver City, all the way to Santa Monica. Construction of the line is already underway. Continue reading

Sunnyvale Mayor Spitaleri Opposes Free Speech and Disrupts Council Meeting


Tony Spitaleri threw a hostile tantrum during the May 22 Council Meeting,
trying to silence a critic of his administration of the city government.

Just minutes after pledging allegiance to the flag, during the Sunnyvale Council Meeting, on May 22, 2012, and prior to voting on item 1.C. MOTION RTC, 12-121, Mayor Tony Spitaleri erupted in a shockingly hostile manner, repeatedly shouting and disrupting Council Member Patrick Meyering, as Meyering commented about the issue ~ The List of Claims and Bills Approved for Payment by the City Manager.   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

Sunnyvale West Citizens Shut Down the Mary Ave Bridge Extension Project


Congratulations Sunnyvale West citizens! Gopal Patangay just relayed the word . . . “GOOD NEWS! Today in the council meeting the motion 1.H – RTC 12-055 to ‘Reject Proposal to Prepare Revised Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Associated Analysis of Mary Avenue Extension Project’ (F1006-118) is passed with 7-0 vote by the Sunnyvale City Council. At last The Mary Ave. Extension Project is a history.”

In Sunnyvale West v City of Sunnyvale Council, a state superior court ruled that the city’s environmental review of a road extension violated state law because it based it’s review on traffic projections for 2020 instead of current conditions.

This news is very motivating and encouraging to communities that unite and oppose City Projects and illegal environmental impact reports. The Sunnyvale West Decision, as a result of a California Environmental Quality Act CEQA lawsuit, has made an impact throughout the state courtrooms, most recently influencing the win of Madera Oversight Coalition, Inc. v. County of Madera.

Community Advocates ~ take note: you can win!