This year, SB50 was the primary topic of conversation. Rather than propose amendments, the Housing, Community, and Economic Development Policy Committee voted to recommend to the League of California Cities Board to consider a “plan B” to help cities retain more control.
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… Read More »Reach codes and other measures to combat climate change
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… Read More »Which map and which districts go first?
It’s been about two months since Teens and Mental Health: A Community Wide Discussion, and recently, reminders of the occasion have been coming up. As school has become increasingly hectic, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the event and the lessons… Read More »Reflections on “Teens and Mental Health: A Community Wide Discussion”
Teen mental health is a conversation that takes place on many levels. Teens talk to each other about what they observe, and parents talk to other parents to make sense of what their children experience. Clinicians advise both students and parents based on their training.… Read More »Teens and Mental Health: A Community-Wide Discussion
Sunnyvale has long been a leader. As the city with the first female mayor in California, the first fruit cannery in the country, and the creator of the first video game (Pong), it seems only natural that it took charge to mitigate the effects of… Read More »Leading the Push Towards a Sustainable Future
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… Read More »Climate Action Playbook – Getting Involved
When Martin Murphy Jr. first came to California 1844, he purchased some land on what would become, six years later, the West Coast of the United States. That land was in a valley with nice weather – always sunny. Sound familiar? He originally used it… Read More »Sunnyvale’s History – All of it.
The Silver Tsunami. One Google search takes you to its definition as “a metaphor used to describe population aging,” internet news articles worrying about “who will care for these aging Baby Boomers” and several calls-to-action for addressing the threat it poses. This looming phenomenon has… Read More »Worker Cooperatives Fight the Silver Tsunami
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.… Read More »Women of Persistence 2019: Winners Announced