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.
After learning that Sunnyvale Councilmember and Vice Mayor Jim Griffith may be formally charged with committing a crime of identify theft, outraged Sunnyvale residents are calling Griffith a disgraceful politician and have recommended voting him out of office.
CHRIS MOYLAN’S VOTES BENEFIT HIS POLITICAL DONORS.
When the majority on Sunnyvale’s City Council voted to make an added $1,517,500.00 payment to the city’s garbage company, Councilmember Chris Moylan was an enthusiastic supporter. It turns out, Moylan took money from the garbage company.
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 →
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 company. Some 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 →