Category Archives: Tap Merrick

Video_City of Sunnyvale Council Candidate September Forum


Thank you Michael Goldman, of Cal Pensions in Brief,  who published a page with 9 videos of the City Council Candidates from the Sept 30, 2013 COOL Candidate forum:

  1. Seat 1: ANDY FRAZER, Software Engineer and GUSTAV LARSSON, Software Engineer
  2. Seat 2: STEVE HOFFMAN, Chief Executive Officer and GLENN HENDRICKS, Senior Engineering Manager and GUSTAVO MAGAÑA, Law School Student
  3. JIM GRIFFITH, Engineer/Sunnyvale and Councilmember TAP MERRICK, Investment Adviser Representative

CLICK HERE for the video link.

Nothing “Civil” about Sunnyvale Vice Mayor Jim Griffith stealing identity of Opponent Tap Merrick


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 Council Candidates Andy Frazer, Steve Hoffman and Tap Merrick.

The insane “flip-side” of Barbara’s “civil” party endorsements include the City of Sunnyvale Council Vice Mayor and Candidate, Jim Griffith, who may be formally charged with committing a crime of identify theft of unethical identify theft of his opponents name and point directing of a campaign website.

Sunnyvale Jim Griffith unethical identify theft of his opponents name and campaign website.

Sunnyvale Jim Griffith unethical identify theft of his opponents name and campaign website

Community members have cried “we want healthy political competition, not underhanded, unfair, unhealthy behavior to permeate the Sunnyvale political environment.” Continue reading

Outcries from Sunnyvale residents regarding “stack and pack” developments and “urban canyons”


Deborah Marks compelling presentation during the Aug 13, 2013 City of Sunnyvale Council Meeting highlights  visuals of the recently Sunnyvale approved and built projects coined “stack and pack” high density residential and commercial buildings appearing like “urban canyons.”

Deborah also relays negative comments made by the Palo Alto Daily and the Mountain View Voice with outcries from residents regarding the “black wall” canopy of the towering LinkedIn Building and wants to know when will the urban forest management plan come before the council.

Councilmember Pat Meyering asks City Manager Gary Leubbers how he determined that there would be no visual impacts from the LinkedIn Building to the neighboring homes.

It’s time for a change.

Candidates Gustav Larsson and Glenn Hendricks controversial donation from Butcher’s Corner Developer


The Special Interest website, which keeps track of campaign donations, lists Butcher’s Corner developer John Vidovich, of DeAnza Building Maintenance, as the largest donor (second to the candidates) for Sunnyvale City Council Candidate Seat 1: Gustav Larsson and Seat 2: Glenn Hendricks.

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.

Sunnyvale Planning Commissioners Gustav Larsson and Glenn Hendricks, and Councilman Jim Griffith have been busy approving immense projects such as the LinkedIn Building and the Solstice and Carmel-Lofts(Formerly Town & Country) that have unhappy neighbors forming preservation groupsContinue reading

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

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.

Sunnyvale Councilmember Jim Griffith Conduct in Question


Sunnyvale Vice Mayor and Candidate Jim Griffith has yet to respond to the allegations that he hijacked the identity and registered .com and .net of his opponent’s  campaign domain name.

Using these web domains Jim Griffith then built fictitious websites to falsely represent Councilmember Candidate Tap Merrick in a malicious manner.

Apparently Jim Griffith, in the past and as well now, has been linked to and is familiar with posting fictitious online content as Tim Risch points out:  Continue reading