Information about the proposed utility rate increase

Many people have expressed concerns about the increase in utility rates and have asked questions ranging from what gives the City the authority to set and collect fees for handling water, wastewater, solid waste and recycling to asking how each council member will vote. In this post, I attempt to set forth the roles of the City Council, the City staff, and the property owners or utility account holders impacted by the utility rate increase proposal and to answer several questions and concerns I’ve heard. […]

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Challenge your confirmation bias – affordable housing and current status of El Camino

Low-income housing projects are not like they used to be. The mean streets of Sunnyvale are not mean at all. Hardly any Council members are unsympathetic to the plight of people being displaced by regional economic conditions and the application of City policy. From the dais and reading accounts of community meetings, it has come to my attention that many people make assumptions about affordable housing. I can only assume that ideas about such projects come from gritty detective shows where cops wander around grimy […]

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The power of weak social ties – let’s push for Caltrain

It’s great news that Congressional leaders support our Caltrain electrification project! They included it in their recent budget proposal! Our area still needs Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to sign off. Now is the time to activate the powerful potential energy of your strong and weak interpersonal ties. If you know people who live in any of the following Congressional Districts, please reach out to them to reach out to their members of Congress. Redding (Congressional District 1) Roseville (Congressional District 4) Victorville (Congressional District 8) Modesto (Congressional […]

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On the mend

You’ve not seen me in public very much since April 4th, The reason is that I fell and broke my hip that day while touring a local business facility on behalf of the City of Sunnyvale,  The fine folks at El Camino Hospital surgically repaired my hip and I’m expected to make a full recovery — given time. Rather than be released to a skilled nursing facility, my doctor released me to our home since we already had equipment and caretakers suitable for persons with […]

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Forget selfish personal interests: California’s first woman mayor

The 1920s saw the beginnings of Sunnyvale’s growth. The people of Sunnyvale wanted modern conveniences like paved roads, a municipal water and sewer system and even an especially controversial item, a civic center. In 1925, the voters of Sunnyvale approved an $86,000 bond for the new center (pictured below). The residents staged a recall campaign for four members of the council who went so far as to set out on a plan to pave the town’s sidewalks. One of the driving forces driving growth and development […]

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No. 15

I, Nancy Smith, am the 15th woman to serve on Sunnyvale City Council since the City was set up in 1912. March is Women’s History month, so watch this space for more information about women leaders of Sunnyvale past and present.  

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We Won!

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. I have been proud of the values our community holds and look forward to working together […]

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My response to increased airplane noise in Sunnyvale

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 […]

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Top priorities for Sunnyvale

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

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Sunnyvale’s path forward

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 have 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 […]

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