Tag Archives: Sunnyvale City Council

Sunnyvale Resident sees no evidence of behaviors CM Pat Meyering accused of in Recall Petition


Courtesy Leigh Zerboni

I have only attended two city council meetings in my 8 years in Sunnyvale, both last Winter during the Raynor Park Activity Center fiasco, when, after having promised to provide local residents a minimum of two weeks notice prior to any vote on the sale, a vote was scheduled days before Thanksgiving and with only 72 hours notice.  The proposal included not only the sale of 3.5 acres of park land on which the Raynor Activity Center stands, but also included an extensive priority use agreement giving the purchaser (an elite private school) use of significant park acreage for the school year and summer sessions.

For obvious reasons, our community was shocked and outraged.

At the Nov. 19 and Dec. 3 2013 meetings, I saw no evidence of the types of behaviors CM Pat Meyering is accused of in the recall petition.  Continue reading

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Commentary: Questions loom over sale of Raynor Activity Center


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.

CLICK HERE for the full Mercury News Sunnyvale Sun Article

Sunnyvale Resident voices concern over Raynor Park Council Decision


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

Deborah Marks_Sunnyvale Council Building Design and Nodes Suggestions


Deborah Marks approaches City of Sunnyvale Council and public meeting on October 8, 2013 regarding the nodes along El Camino, particularly at Mathilda. Marks recommends design standards and landscaping to avoid the Urban Canyon effect. With a PowerPoint presentation, Deborah advises the setback at nodes to be 15′ with 1 story at the corner and 2 to 3 stories progressing inward from the corner and provides examples.

 

Open Letter from Candidate Steve Hoffman Sunnyvale City Council Seat #2


Open Letter from Candidate Steve Hoffman Sunnyvale City Council Seat #2:

Dear Sunnyvale residents – Following are some questions I was asked today by a Sunnyvale resident, together with my answers.  Please forward to your friends and neighbors.

1) What are your thoughts about what to do with Butcher’s Corner?

The new owner of Butcher’s Corner is a developer called John Vidovich.  He does not live in Sunnyvale.  He has spent thousands of dollars to support my opponent Glenn Hendricks ($3,000 so far).  To put this amount in perspective, it is about 50% more than my entire campaign has spent.  This assumes that the time of my supporters (all of whom are resident and not members of any special interest group) is worth nothing, which of course it is not.  Although Mr. Vidovich’s donation to Glenn Hendricks is not illegal in Sunnyvale, if this was a Federal Elections, then it would be illegalContinue reading

Steve Hoffman is the best candidate for Sunnyvale City Council Seat #2


Candidate Steve Hoffman is running for Sunnyvale City Council Seat #2 for the benefit of the residents of Sunnyvale. Sunnyvale does not have Districts; therefore, voters will vote for each seat on the ballot (Seat 1, 2 and 3).

Steve Hoffman is a bright, patient, articulate, knowledgeable, solution-oriented and most importantly – an accessible man who demonstrates ethical behavior with integrity.  In fact, he has been attending the Sunnyvale City Council meetings for years providing public comments and offering brilliant suggestions to benefit the citizens of Sunnyvale.

CLICK HERE to read a wonderful letter from long-time Sunnyvale resident Jean Lee’s “Letter to the Mayor” to understand why Steve Hoffman is recommended as the best candidate to serve and guide Sunnyvale into the future.  Continue reading

Tap Merrick is the best candidate for Sunnyvale City Council Seat #3


Tap Merrick is running for Sunnyvale City Council Seat #3 for the benefit of the homeowners in Sunnyvale. Sunnyvale does not have Districts, therefore, voters can vote for each seat on the ballot (Seat 1, 2 and 3).

One of the strongest qualifications that Tap Merrick has, above his opponent Jim Griffith,  is a highly skilled financial background.  Tap holds a MSBA in finance and a BA in business administration, cum laude. He also has an extensive educational experience in public finance. Continue reading