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We Won!

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The ballots have been counted and, by a margin of almost 2 to 1, the voters of Sunnyvale selected me to serve on the Sunnyvale City Council. I am deeply grateful for everyone who supported our campaign and for those who took actions large and small that contributed to our victory. The campaign was a wonderful opportunity to connect with residents, including friends, acquaintances and people I just recently met.

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I have been proud of the values our community holds and look forward to working together to solve our big challenges proactively, problems such as housing affordability, transportation, environmental sustainability and addressing growing income inequality. I am excited to start work on the Council, and ask for your continued support and guidance as we move forward.

Many people have had strong reactions to the outcome of the national election. To bring our communities together, we need to meet together about what opportunities our economy offers and the roadblocks it puts in our way.

I seek community volunteers who are willing to participate in workshops to help people share stories and ideas about how to make Sunnyvale and Silicon Valley an even better place for all. If you are interested in participating in these, please sign up online here.

The City’s swearing-in ceremony for new council members will be January 10th, 2017 and I would be honored if you would join me in the Sunnyvale City Council chambers that evening.

Thank you for your continued support, encouragement and contributions throughout the campaign.  I look forward to working for our community.

– Nancy Smith

My response to increased airplane noise in Sunnyvale

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One of the defining characteristics of life in Sunnyvale is that a certain number of airplanes fly overhead — from jets during Fleet Week to cargo planes flying in and out of Moffett Field to the occasional helicopter police patrol. Sunnyvale is now experiencing an increase in air traffic and airplane noise because of new services offered by companies serving the Silicon Valley’s elite and because of automated flight paths developing through use of the FAA’s NextGen performance based navigation systems.

Two aspects of these changes concern me as a representative of the residents of Sunnyvale.

  • The automated systems bringing planes low over Sunnyvale as part of their increasing reliance on NextGen-enabled airports requires Sunnyvale leaders to work with the FAA to ensure no one city bears the brunt of increased automated traffic. Automated systems can be developed in way that doesn’t burden one area more than others.
  • The convenience of elite travelers should not rob area residents of peaceful airspace. The FAA has defined measurement procedures and policies for acceptable noise levels. Sunnyvale leaders need to ensure the FAA does its job to make sure noise from low-flying private jets is kept within limits.

When elected, I would work with my Council colleagues, our elected Congressional representatives, FAA personnel, and airport administrators to ensure the airplane owners and operators mitigate noise and impact.

Top priorities for Sunnyvale

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As part of our outreach, we are communicating priorities for the first 100 days of Nancy’s tenure on Council.img_5263

Define and leverage new ways for residents to interact with Council and staff, towards assuring all voices are heard

Put the city on a path to beat California’s green house gas emissions
goals of 40% by 2030

Integrate quality of life goals for seniors and families in council decisions

Sunnyvale’s path forward

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As the campaign enters the final stretch, people have been having house parties and voters are open about items of concern.

At the home of a supporter in the Cherry Chase neighborhood this recently, several women echoed “It’s like we hkickoff-picave two Sunnyvales!”  A man I met in north Sunnyvale expressed dismay about the displacement of low-income workers.

These citiz
en insights reflect what is happening in our local economy as well as broader trends in our nation. Since I’ve been in Sunnyvale, California’s economy has grown from the 8th largest in the world to the 6th largest. Many in the area have done very well, but even more have not.

  • 30% of the region’s population does not make enough money to meet their basic needs (Silicon Valley Index 2015).
  • 59% of the jobs in the area are low or very low income — jobs like transportation and materials handling, food preparation, sales. (The County’s Office of Supportive Housing and the California Economic Development Department)
  • For every 4.5 lower wage jobs, Sunnyvale has only one affordable housing unit.

These conditions concern me and, when elected, I will work diligently to include more Sunnyvale residents in conversations about Council decisions that impact them.

Together, we can work for solutions and a path forward to provide opportunities for all Sunnyvale residents.

Nancy Smith
nancy@nancysmith.org

Dianne McKenna: Nancy brings a wide range of experience

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Quote from Hon. Dianne McKenna, former Sunnyvale mayor and former County Board of Supervisors:

12743748_10207335282132885_1895769860702355555_nNancy works in the private sector, volunteers in the non-profit sector, and serves on committees in the public sector dealing with housing, human services, land use and water. She will bring a wealth of experience to the City Council.

— Dianne McKenna, former Sunnyvale Mayor, former County Board of Supervisors

 

Dean Chu: Vote Nancy for water and habitat preservation

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Quote from Hon. Dean Chu, former Sunnyvale mayor:

dean-chuWater conservation and environmental concerns are very important to me. Nancy sought input right away to learn the issues. I was impressed how fast she came up to speed.

— Dean Chu, former Sunnyvale Mayor

My Opposition to Measure M

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Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 22, 2016

Nancy Smith for Sunnyvale City Council announces opposition Measure M

Sunnyvale — City Council Seat 6 Candidate Nancy Smith announced her opposition to Measure M, Sunnyvale’s measure requiring a vote for the sale or lease of Sunnyvale public lands.

“The voters are frustrated and don’t trust the council to make great decisions.” Smith said. “I would much rather the voters of Sunnyvale — including the proponents of Measure M — support and elect council members who share their values. Measure M is not getting to the root of the problems in Sunnyvale. I don’t support it.”

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. You can learn more about Nancy Smith for Council 2016 and her campaign by visiting www.nancysmith.org.

For more information, contact the Nancy Smith for Council 2016 campaign at (408) 909-8683.
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My Support for the Transportation Sales Tax Measure B

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September 22, 2016

Nancy Smith for Sunnyvale City Council supports the transportation sales tax Measure B

Sunnyvale — City Council Seat 6 Candidate Nancy Smith announced her support for Measure B, the Valley Transportation Authority’s Transportation Sales Tax measure.

“I live near the intersection of Lawrence Expressway and Old San Francisco Road – an area where many people put their lives in danger just getting to and from work and school.  Every morning, I pass two memorials.” Smith said. “We need Measure B for safety and sanity to return to our streets.”

Monies from Measure B will be used to repair our roads, increase road safety, relieve congestion, improve highway interchanges, as well as improve Caltrain, and mass transit.

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. You can learn more about Nancy Smith for Council 2016 and her campaign by visiting www.nancysmith.org.

For more information, contact the Nancy Smith for Council 2016 campaign at (408) 909-8683.
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My Support for Affordable Housing Measure

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September 21, 2016

Nancy Smith for Sunnyvale City Council supports affordable housing measure

Sunnyvale — City Council Seat 6 Candidate Nancy Smith announced that she supports Measure A, the County of Santa Clara’s affordable housing parcel tax measure.

“The program oversight is very thoughtful and balanced,” Smith said, “Measure A provides a great opportunity to increase the region’s supply of housing for very low-income people. We cannot let this opportunity pass us up.”

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. You can learn more about Nancy Smith for Council 2016 and her campaign by visiting www.nancysmith.org.

For more information, contact the Nancy Smith for Council 2016 campaign at (408) 909-8683.
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New Key Environmental Endorsements

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September 21, 2016

Nancy Smith for Sunnyvale City Council announces key environmental endorsements

Sunnyvale — City Council Seat 6 Candidate Nancy Smith is pleased to announce that she has earned endorsements from the Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter and Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters.

“Nancy has been an outstanding advocate for our environment and for making Sunnyvale a regional leader on environmental issues. She will be a tremendous steward for our green spaces and parks and focus on our sustainability,” stated Melissa Hippard from the Sierra Club.

Gary Bailey, Sunnyvale resident and Endorsement Committee member for both organizations, said, “She knows that our community is stronger, and healthier and that the value of our homes are improved by consciousness to our environmental impacts.  We are proud to endorse Nancy Smith for Sunnyvale City Council Seat 6.”  

“I’m very pleased that these organization recognize my commitment to the environment.” Smith said. “Once elected I’ll be sure to continue to protect our natural resources and put the city of Sunnyvale on a path to lead the region in meeting or even exceeding greenhouse gas reduction goals”

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. You can learn more about Nancy Smith for Council 2016 and her campaign by visiting www.nancysmith.org.

For more information, contact the Nancy Smith for Council 2016 campaign at (408) 909-8683.
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