COVID-19 Update from City Council Meeting

At the special meeting of the Sunnyvale City Council on March 17th, we agreed to help Sunnyvale Community services with an emergency grant of $250,000 for one or more of the following:  Rental Assistance (current, arrears) Deposit Assistance (Relocations) City Utilities PG&E Motel Stays (up to 30 days) Medical Bills Transportation Costs Food (Gift Cards and food purchases) Staffing Cost (such as overtime and temporary staff) Council also allow the City Manager to waive water fees. More measures will be coming soon at a future […]

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Keeping in touch!

Since social distancing can lead to feelings of social isolation, I’m hoping to staying in touch. Here is what I plan to do: Stay logged in to my personal meeting room at Zoom so people with the ID can drop in anytime – ask me for the link. I’d love some company to drop in! Host Facebook watch parties, especially for live-streamed press conferences – check my Nancy Smith, Sunnyvale Vice Mayor pages for those or for relaxing things in the groups I run, like Friday dinners or my Nancy […]

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City Council Calls Special Meeting To Address COVID-19 Response Tomorrow, March 17

UPDATE; The City Council called a special meeting for 6:30 PM tomorrow to begin to address the special needs in our community due to the COVID-19, including consideration of a proposed emergency assistance agreement with Sunnyvale Community Services and to give the City Manager authority for 60 days to prevent water shut off situations for people experiencing virus-related layoffs. Council will be considering an emergency resolution and a federally required item, but have otherwise cancelled non-essential presentations and items.

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Update from Santa Clara County Health on Regional Shelter in Place Order

Less than 24 hours after Governor Newsom ordered people 65 years and older to home isolate, Santa Clara County Health Department as well as six additional counties in our region issued an order to shelter in place. Failure to do so can be a misdemeanor. Information about the order and answers to frequently asked questions are here. Some questions in my household include. What are essential activies and businesses that are exempt from the order? Essential business and activities include Healthcare, Grocery stores, certified farmers’ […]

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Update on Covid-19 for Sunnyvale

Here are some things to know about COVID-19 for Sunnyvale The governor asked people 65 and older to isolate themselves at home The County has banned gatherings of 100 or more people and restricted those with 35 or more The City is complying with the County and state guidlines. Check here for a list of what’s open and closed. Schools are closed but some will be providing food Monday through Friday Sunnyvale Community Services needs continued support City Council members have the option of attending […]

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New meeting request page

I’ve been using Doodle to help coordinate calendars to find a mutually agreeable time to meet with me. The old link I’ve shared over the years has been retired and replaced with a new link! If you wish to schedule a meeting, here is the link https://doodle.com/mm/nancysmith/book-a-time The new interface is much easier to navigate and use! The old method let you select a couple of times, whereas this one directly adds events to my main calendar. If you book a meeting in this manner, […]

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Nancy reporting to Peninsula Division

On representing Sunnyvale for League of California Cities’ Policy Committee Meetings in Sacramento

This year, SB50 was the primary topic of conversation. Rather than propose amendments, the Housing, Community, and Economic Development Policy Committee voted to recommend to the League of California Cities Board to consider a “plan B” to help cities retain more control.

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Reach codes and other measures to combat climate change

Sunnyvale was featured in a USA Today article published last week for our efforts to combat climate change. The article describes efforts of cities around the nation, but especially in California, to make homes less polluting when people perform day-to-day tasks like cooking. “No more fire in ​the kitchen: Cities are banning natural gas in homes to save the planet” provides an overview of reach codes and other green-house-gas reduction programs like Sunnyvale’s recently-updated Green Building program, which provides density bonuses for all-electric buildings. Silicon […]

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Final two CVRA maps

Which map and which districts go first?

On Tuesday, Council will be deciding on the final map for the March 2020 ballot. Also, we’ll decide on the order the districts are elected. Council has heard some ideas from the public, but to get the conversation going more broadly, I am summarizing the ideas presented – please let me know your preference. Lowest off-year turnout districts go firstThe benefit would be that districts where people mostly vote in presidential years would be best served by electing their city council member when the most […]

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Reflections on “Teens and Mental Health: A Community Wide Discussion”

It’s been about two months since Teens and Mental Health: A Community Wide Discussion, and recently, reminders of the occasion have been coming up. As school has become increasingly hectic, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the event and the lessons it taught.  The event emphasized the need for inclusive conversations about teen mental health between a wide range of individuals. The Homestead High School Mental Health and Awareness Club (MHAC) members who spoke at the event, have been putting this […]

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