Teens and Mental Health: A Community-Wide Discussion

Teen mental health is a conversation that takes place on many levels. Teens talk to each other about what they observe, and parents talk to other parents to make sense of what their children experience. Clinicians advise both students and parents based on their training. Yet very few conversations about the topic include people from all levels. These are the conversations in which teens, parents, and clinicians can work together to identify problems, find support, and promote positive well-being. Without such discussions, it is easy […]

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Leading the Push Towards a Sustainable Future

Sunnyvale has long been a leader. As the city with the first female mayor, the first fruit cannery in the country, and the creator of the first video game (Pong), it seems only natural that it took charge to mitigate the effects of climate change in its community and set an example for other cities. With the Climate Action Plan (CAP) 1.0, adopted in 2014, Sunnyvale took steps to evaluate current threats to the environment, including wildfires, decreased supply of fresh water, and rising sea […]

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Climate Action Playbook – Getting Involved

Sunnyvale City Council approved the City’s Climate Action Playbook this week! The playbook has 6 strategies. 1) Promoting clean energy 2) Decarbonizing buildings 3) Decarbonizing transportation and sustainable land use 4) Managing resources sustainably 5) Empowering our community 6) Adapting to a changing climate Each strategy has “plays” for a total of 18. Together, the strategies and plays comprise the city’s longer term goals. Each play has “moves” which are short-term targets the community has committed to achieve in the next 3 years, for a […]

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Sunnyvale’s History – All of it.

When Martin Murphy Jr. first came to California 1844, he purchased some land on what would become, six years later, the West Coast of the United States. That land was in a valley with nice weather – always sunny. Sound familiar? He originally used it to establish a wheat farm named Bay View, thus beginning Sunnyvale’s long history of agriculture. A couple of decades later, in the 1870’s, fruit orchards widely replaced the original wheat farms. Many more decades later, Sunnyvale is left with one […]

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Worker Cooperatives Fight the Silver Tsunami

The Silver Tsunami. One Google search takes you to its definition as “a metaphor used to describe population aging,” internet news articles worrying about “who will care for these aging Baby Boomers” and several calls-to-action for addressing the threat it poses. This looming phenomenon has the potential to cause a dramatic shift in the local business landscape as family-run businesses owned by Baby Boomers are forced to close due to a lack of successors. Today, only 15% of family owned businesses have successors and 60% […]

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Women of Persistence 2019: Winners Announced

For the second year running, the Women’s Caucus of the League of California Cities honors women who have shaped their local communities through their tireless commitment. In Santa Clara County, Women’s Caucus Board members Hon. Nancy Smith and Hon. Ellen Kamei used a common nomination form. Following the Tradition of Women in State Legislature The women of the State Legislature have a similar celebration and each legislator decides who he or she will honor for their Woman of the Year award based on their contribution to […]

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Senior Scams: What to Watch Out For

Coming up on a year ago (April 6th), I attended the Sunnyvale Senior Scam Stopper Seminar hosted by Assembly Member Marc Berman. This seminar focused on helping senior citizens address the following: how to prevent falling for a scam, the resources available to help identify, and avoid scams. There are many different types of scams, from consumer scams to construction scams. A consumer scam includes a scam from buying items of the internet, in store, on the radio, and in printed ads. One of the […]

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Waymo has applied for the DMV’s Driverless Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program for Sunnyvale

Waymo has applied or the DMV’s Driverless Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program in Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. While Sunnyvale is named in the application, this does not mean that driverless cars will arrive in Sunnyvale immediately. If the DMV approves the application, Waymo will start by doing 3D roadway mapping via manually driving vehicles and conducting appropriate testing with a test driver on board before conducting driverless testing in Sunnyvale. As next steps, City staff will begin actively working […]

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Sunnyvale Livability Index – How is Sunnyvale Doing?

Clearly, I need to spend more time on Nextdoor, where most Sunnyvale people like to get their news. Also, the Council needs to think about how to add enrichment and recreation opportunities.   On Tuesday, April 10 at 6:15 PM, City Council will have a study session to discuss the results of the Community Livability survey managed by the  National Research Center Inc. (NRC). It’s based on a national template of questions in categories such as safety, mobility, natural and built environments, economy, recreation and […]

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Women of Persistence

  On March 27, I awarded Rosemary Baez the League of California Women’s Caucus Woman of Persistence award. When she started the Young Engineers Program in 2007, this program aims at introducing first generation Latino youth to careers in engineering. When this program first started, it had less than 5% girl participation. Today, it is just shy of reaching the 50% mark of girls participating. She employed creative means to overcome cultural barriers and gender stereotypes to achieve equity in this program in 10 short […]

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