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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 Support for the Transportation Sales Tax Measure B

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Press Release
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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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Melinda Hamilton: Seeks out under-represented viewpoints

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Quote from Hon. Melinda Hamilton, former Sunnyvale mayor:

file-oct-04-8-22-58-pmWe need lots of different views represented on our city council. Nancy will seek out and voice concerns that might otherwise go unrepresented. That’s why she has my support.

— Melinda Hamilton, former Sunnyvale Mayor

My support for using new technology the help Sunnyvale voters feel more connected

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September 7, 2016

Nancy Smith for Sunnyvale City Council announces partnership with VoterCircle

Smith’s campaign announces today a partnership with VoterCircle. VoterCircle is an online platform that lets supporters compare their email lists against the voter data the candidate provides. Supporters then message their friends to share information about and surveys from the candidate. Recipients of the email messages respond, fill out surveys, ask questions or opt out.

Sunnyvale Council members are elected with minimal financial support from Sunnyvale citizens. Fewer than 10 individuals, on average, contributed $100 or more to all the council members elected in 2011. Smith acknowledges she sees the current mood of Sunnyvale voters as an opportunity to change the culture of campaigns in Sunnyvale. She thinks 2016 is a good time for candidates to ask for more commitment and support from Sunnyvale voters and, in turn, enable more voters to feel invested in the candidates.

Smith announced that she intends to change that.  As the race kicks into high gear, she reports that she has already received contributions from over 60 individual donors.

After two contentious races, one for Congress and one for an open Assembly seat, Sunnyvale voters are weary of getting mailers from candidates and independent groups, according to Smith.

Resident Marie Kuykendall stated, “Money spent on campaigns is such a waste!  That money could go for so many better purposes than campaign mailers! I supported Nancy’s campaign early on, but I asked her to do what she can to keep costs down. I’m pleased she listened.”

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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Carelle Karimimanesh: Nancy supports survivors in Sunnyvale

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Quote from Carelle Karimimanesh, Board Member of Communities Overcoming Relationship Abuse, in support of Nancy Smith for Sunnyvale City Council:

photo-sep-06-7-59-14-amSunnyvale needs a strong voice for taking domestic violence seriously and for treating victims with sensitivity. Nancy Smith has been very supportive of me and of San Mateo County’s only domestic violence services agency, Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse. She can support struggling survivors and child witnesses in Sunnyvale.

— Carelle Karimimanesh, CORA board member