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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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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