As a resident of Sunnyvale and a member of City Council, I affirm my deeply held belief that government at every level must protect us and our planet.
The lack of affordable housing in our region is displacing thousands. Cars on our roads pour more carbon dioxide into the air as people commute long distances. Our region did not plan adequate housing and public transportation to support the growth from California’s economy becoming the 6th largest in the world, We find ourselves with an urgent need correct the imbalance.
Before we can address threats such as growing income inequality and climate change, we need to take every opportunity to hear each other. I ran for City Council on a platform of affinity.
We need to listen to each other and to respond to each other out of goodwill and friendship rather than to react in fear and anger. The first step is to seek opportunities to feel affinity toward each other. Together we can face the issues that threaten us all. The guiding principles I hold to be important for Sunnyvale City Council members are that they each strive diligently to:
- Address climate change
- Address causes for growing income inequality
- Make Sunnyvale more age-friendly
- Promote equality and diversity
- Develop and achieve multi-dimensional sustainability goals
Together, Sunnyvale residents, Council members and staff can restructure how we approach matters of growth and traffic, the increasing age of our population, equality of access and opportunity, and sustainability.
Economic growth in the area has has been an unprecedented boon to some, yet some parts of our community are struggling. Our community can create opportunities for young and old alike.
As your Sunnyvale City Council member, I will work diligently to provide affordable housing, in spite of our jobs/housing imbalance, through infill projects and below market rate units whenever feasible with new property developments.
Our City staff is so busy managing all the new growth and development they have insufficient time to focus on and address quality-of-life issues. We demand more and more from our City staff. The people who work for the City are a great resource and keep the City running and the residents safe and well cared for. We need to support them and recognize their contributions to our community while holding them accountable.
By 2030 one in four Santa Clara County residents will be over the age of 60. Let’s plan now to make our cities more friendly for all residents.
We have a high population of housing-rich, income-poor seniors who find it more and more difficult to stay and just as difficult to leave.
Sunnyvale must form a Commission on Aging so seniors’ voices and concerns are heard in City Hall. We need a city that is a safe, comfortable home for all.
The Valley Transit Authority (VTA) are building a case to increase ridership through more frequent, reliable service. This change, if implemented, will come at the expense of coverage, with the loss of “life-line” routes. Offering high-volume lines with frequent service is a fabulous goal. VTA will look to municipalities to fill the coverage gaps. The City must find a way to provide low-cost or free shuttles for students, seniors and low-income people.
Sunnyvale adopted a living wage ordinance in 2013, but stalled on implementing a wage theft ordinance. This gap impacts single moms and women more than any other group. Women are more likely than any other group of workers to hold minimum wage jobs, and companies cannot be allowed to make wage theft part of their business model.
For years I’ve heard women request more and better child care services.
Sunnyvale must form a Commission on the Status of Women so women’s voices can be heard in City Hall. We need a city that boosts the economic prospects of women, since women make up to 85% of the consumer product purchasing decisions. Helping women helps Sunnyvale’s bottom line.
My vision is to work toward a city where grandparents and grandkids can stay together. It breaks my heart when my friends, young and old are forced to leave our city.
The City must broaden its view on sustainability beyond the environmental. Working toward environmental balance can be an economic engine that leads to cultural, social and economic sustainability as well.
Of the many study issues the Sustainability Commission put forward, none have been selected and prioritized. In 2016 the Council approved funding “sustainability presentations” to educate staff and Council about the tenets of sustainability. The City must speed the pace and even consider using the broader scope of sustainability in planning, land use, and transportation decisions.