By Preeti Sharma for Silicon Valley Community Newspapers
In the past year the Raynor Activity Center has moved from being “a liability to own” to “futile to lease,” and now swiftly to “profitable to sell.” As it stands now, the sale of the Raynor Activity Center seems to be motivated by the zeal to fund a branch library in the Lakewood Village neighborhood.
Raynor has been sold (as opposed to the originally council-approved lease) to the bidder that best meets these goals, with no regard to its impact on the neighborhood. The city has made the conscious choice to rob Peter to pay Paul.
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Courtesy Karen Reilly
The December 3rd city council meeting revealed the split of the council members on quality of life issues for Sunyvale residents. The majority voting block consistently votes for concessions to outside developers and against quality of life issues which will detrimentally impact our city in the future.
Councilman Whitttum proposed a creative amendment which would decrease the sale price of the Raynor Park building in order to remove the priority use of our taxpayer parkland. Another pro-growth council member said he was out of order.
I feel the opposite is true: the majority aggressive pro-growth council is out of order. No amount of LEED Certified building materials, used in the construction of the 1.8 million square ft. Moffet towers, in the pacific flyway, will offset the pollution and congestion caused by an additional 4,000 cars/day on Mathilda Ave.
When I asked another pro-growth council member where all of the new residents of the multi-story downtown apt dwellers would attend school, he answered that the occupants are not projected to have school aged children. Since the new developments are not seniors-only units, I do not understand how he can make this assumption.
The local elementary, Ellis, is at maximum enrollment, having grown from 500 to 860 students. There is a complete disconnect between the majority rampant pro-growth city council members and the negative impact their decisions are creating.
Please contact the Council and voice your concerns to raise their consciousness regarding the short sightedness of their decisions.
Sunnyvale Resident Karen Reilly
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