Tag Archives: Pat Meyering

Long-time Sunnyvale Resident voices hope for a city that pays heed to voices of entire community


An Open Letter to Sunnyvale Mayor Anthony Spitaleri

Dear Mr. Mayor:

Yesterday’s mail brought a letter from you promoting your selection of candidates in the upcoming election.  In it you relate how you and your family first settled in Sunnyvale some 47 years ago, at a time when you “couldn’t have asked for a better place to raise a family than in a city which cares about its citizens…”  You then describe how during your service to the city you have “emphasized the importance of collaboration and partnership between Community, Business, and Government…”  You add: “Sunnyvale must continue… with a collaborative and solution-oriented mind set.”  (The italics are mine.)

Mr. Mayor, I remember those days of long ago… and even not so long ago.  As a 54-year resident, I agree that Sunnyvale was a very special place.  The sun shone on a city of hope and optimism: a center of new technology where anything might be possible; a friendly town where the streets were named for flowers and fruits and birds and there was an active, ongoing campaign to add even more park space and trees; and especially, I agree, a town which cared for its citizens and actually listened to them. Continue reading

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.

No facts support Mercury’s assertions concerning Councilman Pat Meyering


Courtesy Robert Santos, Sunnyvale

There are many incorrect statements in the Mercury News concerning the votes by Sunnyvale Councilman Pat Meyering.  [The Mercury does NOT have its own reporter covering Sunnyvale.]  Meyering has spoken out against the Washington D.C.-type of decision-making that’s appeared in Sunnyvale city government.  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.

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 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 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