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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New Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group for CPUC

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission have released a draft proposal to establish and adopt a charter for a newly created Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group. This new Advisory Group will review and provide advice on state programs proposed to achieve clean energy and pollution reduction. The Draft Resolution is scheduled for a vote by the CPUC on December 14, and comments will be accepted through December 1. More information is available here. The CPUC and the Energy Commission are also seeking […]

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Shared equity for home buyers in Sunnyvale

Since the early 2000’s, the City of Sunnyvale Housing Division has administered a first-time home buyer (FTHB) loan program for moderate- and lower-income, first-time home buyer households. It is open to prospective first-time buyers who live or work in Sunnyvale, meet the program’s eligibility requirements, and intend to buy a home in Sunnyvale. City employees, DPS officers, local teachers and others may apply for this program if they meet all the eligibility requirements and find a home in Sunnyvale they wish to buy. The City’s […]

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Happy 70th Birthday, India

Today, I would like to pause to congratulate India for reaching the milestone of 70 years since achieving independence and becoming the largest democracy in the world.  For the past two years, I’ve joined my neighbors to celebrate Indian Independence Day by celebrating songs and flags from both the United States and from India. In spite of all the turmoil in our country, we need to hold dear the freedoms we exercise in our democracies – the freedom of assembly, the freedom of speech, freedom […]

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Hurry and apply – Emerge California is seeking well-qualified women

In 2016, I took the Emerge California training for women who want to run for office. I found the program profoundly helpful and am committed to expanding the wonderful things  that can happen when women support each other. It was great to stretch my wings and consider new possibilities. My journey from awkward, very solitary teenager to becoming an elected official in Silicon Valley has been a long one requiring lots of help from friends. I grew up on a farm in the Midwest as […]

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