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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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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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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