For Nancy, a livable city means a city that plans to keep jobs and services running for citizens, especially during times of crisis. Nancy believes Sunnyvale’s role in a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic is to help protect the livelihood of the hard working citizens who have contributed to our economy while continuing to build community goodwill.
Accordingly, Nancy supports maintaining a “rainy day fund,” that not only maintains services for all Sunnyvale residents even when revenue is low, but also keeps city staff employed in their vital roles to keep our City functioning.
Furthermore, the effects of isolation during this pandemic have demonstrated that our community must come together – now more than ever. Nancy would like to see our city invest in community building projects – such as the new civic center – thus employing Sunnyvale citizens and providing economic opportunity during trying times. The new Civic Center, as a far more energy efficient building than the existing one, will be a symbol of Sunnyvale’s commitment to a greener, more energy-conscious future.
The city has been saving up for this project for many years. We have received a fantastic interest rate on the bond. Fundamentally, because of the way that City finances work, economic downturns are the best possible times for cities to do capital projects. During downturns, Sunnyvale has less competition for contractors and workers because businesses are pulling back due to uncertainty. Furthermore, the City’s ability to continue our projects due to fiscal prudence helps the local economy by keeping workers employed during a crisis.
The current working conditions for our City employees are not ideal. Some of the buildings have had issues with raw sewage backing up into storage areas when the areas flood, while others have mildew issues and are overcrowded and rigidly structured due to fixed walls. Also, city staff has grown with the city itself, and the current City Hall has become too small for our needs. As a result, employees are now spread over a large area which makes collaboration and synergy difficult. The new Civic Center will improve the work environment for our city employees and give the staff room to grow as needed.
The new civic center will be a showcase building with net zero energy and green building methods – something we can all be proud of. In Nancy’s view, the new civic center is a positive, forward-looking project that can help bring the community together.