Tag Archives: De Anza Properties

Advice from Councilmember Pat Meyering regarding YES on Measure M Sunnyvale


Courtesy Sunnyvale Councilmember Pat Meyering

Voters in Sunnyvale were sent a Sample Ballot & Voter Information Pamphlet by the County Registrar.

On Page 44, there is a half-page Impartial Analysis of Measure M.  It says the Proposed Changes of Measure M affect “Leases in excess of 55 years . . .”

None of the leases at the Sunnyvale Office Center have a duration of more than a few years.

Jim Griffith voted several times over public opposition to sell a portion of Raynor Park.   Jim voted over public opposition to allow the new owner to exclude Sunnyvale residents from use of the remaining “public park” space when the new owner wanted to conduct activities on the “public” park land.

Measure M, the Public Land for Public Use Act, requires such city council decisions to be approved by a simple majority of voters.   Santa Clara + Milpitas are seeking approval by two-thirds of voters. Continue reading

“Did you know?” Sunnyvale Traffic Impacts Future Projects


Courtesy Andy Frazer

The intersection of El Camino Real, East Fremont, and Wolfe Rd is one of the most congested in Sunnyvale. Learn about the results of a city traffic study, and consider the impact on this intersection from the new Apple II campus, as well as three other potential big developments in Sunnyvale.

If you have ever driven through the intersection of El Camino Real, East Fremont, and Wolfe Rd, you already know it is one of the most congested in Sunnyvale. Continue reading

Sunnyvale Mandates CEQA EIR for Butcher’s Corner


Butchers Corner Project Illustration submitted to City of Sunnyvale

Butchers Corner Project Illustration submitted to City of Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale city planners are requiring an environmental impact report EIR for a large development project proposed by De Anza Properties for Butcher’s Corner  located at the confluence of El Camino Real, East Fremont Avenue and South Wolfe Road.

The applicant, De Anza Properties has submitted plans for Forty-one townhome units and 115 apartment units with surface and underground parking is proposed for the El Camino Real and Wolfe Road site. The proposed townhouse buildings are three stories, while the other two proposed buildings are seven stories.

Sunnyvale City staff raised several design concerns, ranging from adequate parking to building setbacks. Staff also recommended the building height along El Camino and Wolfe should be reduced to about four stories.

CLICK HERE for San Jose Mercury News coverage by Alia Wilson dated 9/10/2014.

CLICK HERE for the Butcher’s Corner Architectural Plans submitted to the City of Sunnyvale, CA.

Sunnyvale council postpones annexation of Butcher’s Corner


By Alia Wilson, Sunnyvale Sun

During a meeting this week regarding the annexation of Butcher’s Corner, Sunnyvale residents expressed a lack of trust in city council members when it comes to planning big development projects.

CLICK HERE for the full Sunnyvale Sun article.

Developer and unions big money slant _Sunnyvale City Council Election 2013


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)

  1. $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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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%).
  6. 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” !?!?!
  7. Sunnyvale Vice Mayor Jim Griffith is accused of identify theft (click here for more info).
  8. 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).
  9. John Vidovich plans to make a similar very high density development on Mary and Fremont.
  10. 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

City Council Meeting Oct 8_Butchers Corner and Peery Park EIR


Community advocates are requesting your participation in the Oct 8th City of Sunnyvale Council 7:00pm Meeting.

Butcher’s Corner is 4th on the agenda – Discussion and Possible Action on Adoption of Resolutions to Approve the Annexation. The staff recommends Council find the project is categorically exempt from CEQA and postpone the annexation.  Continue reading

Butcher’s Corner annexation study session Sept 10th at 5:45PM in Council Chambers


Courtesy Steve Sarette

Butcher’s Corner is a roughly 5 acre property tucked away at the corner of El Camino Real, Wolfe, and Fremont in Sunnyvale that is currently a working orchard. This property has been sold to a developer who has publicly stated his plans to build an extremely large, high density development. However, that particular corner is already crowded with traffic, local schools are already jammed to the rafters, and traffic patterns in the immediate area do not appear to support the announced plans (195 residential units, 45,000 square feet of commercial space).  Continue reading