Tag Archives: Gary Luebbers

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

Sunnyvale City Council No Longer Serves its Taxpayer Masters


Opinion: By Sunnyvale Councilmember Pat Meyering FEB 3, 2012

Recently residents of Sunnyvale have raised concerns about graffiti cleanup. A council member responded that graffiti cleanup can be provided, if:

  1. Residents are willing to have other services cut such as library, streets, parks, etc., or
  2. Residents are willing to pay more taxes.

As you ponder these choices, please keep in mind the following facts:

  1. The city manager’s current annual compensation is $360,000  Continue reading

Exponential Rise of Pension Plan for Sunnyvale City Workers Prompt Residents to Take Action


“For the past four years, the city has been running in a budget deficit, and a significant reason for that is the growing cost of the city’s pension obligations,” according to Sunnyvale Pension Reform steering committee member Andy Frazer. “I don’t believe pension reform is a political problem; it’s simply a math problem, and I hope we can work together to resolve it.”

The Sunnyvale Pension Reform group has formed to represent the Sunnyvale taxpayers in dialogue between the City Council, city staff and city bargaining units to reign in unfair and unsustainable costs of the city’s pension plan.   Continue reading

Sunnyvale Taxpayers Liability to City Worker Retirement Pension Plans Exceeding the City Budget?


Are the current, rapidly rising Sunnyvale Pension Employee Plan sustainable? And, if so, at what cost and sacrifice to Sunnyvale Taxpayers?

Please review the comments comparing 2010 vs. 2011 from Andy Frazer presented to the Sunnyvale City Council Meeting on 11/15/11:

My name is Andy Frazer. Madame Mayor and City Council Members… A year ago I spoke here a few times about the biggest problem in Sunnyvale. The city’s employee pension program was too expensive, and absolutely unsustainable. Now, one year later, things have gotten much, much worse.   Continue reading

New Sunnyvale City Council, Mayor, Vice Mayor 2012


By Alia Wilson, Sunnyvale Sun 01/11/2012

awilson@community-newspapers.com

For the second time in his two terms on the Sunnyvale City Council, Anthony “Tony” Spitaleri will serve as mayor of Sunnyvale after the majority his fellow council members appointed him to the position at the Jan. 10 council meeting.

The Sunnyvale City Council Chamber was standing-room only at the Tuesday night meeting for the appointment of Sunnyvale’s new mayor and vice mayor. David Whittum will be taking the vice mayoral duties.   Continue reading

PAMF Sutter Health Exhaust Vents Called “Substantive Disregard of Human Health” for 80-Year-Old Woman


To me, the most disturbing and distasteful feature of the Sunnyvale Palo Alto Medical Foundation, designed by Hawley Peterson Snyder, is the nonchalant placement of the Parking Garage Exhaust Vent adjacent to an 80-year-old woman’s home which was omitted from study in the PAMF DEIR/FEIR.

PAMF Parking Garage Vents
PAMF Parking Garage Vents

During the June 23, 2009 Council Hearinga compelling speaker, Trustee Robert Varesio, implored “The Planning Commission would not address or answer my questions about persistent proximate exposure.”       Continue reading