Waymo has applied for the DMV’s Driverless Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program for Sunnyvale

Waymo has applied or the DMV’s Driverless Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program in Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. While Sunnyvale is named in the application, this does not mean that driverless cars will arrive in Sunnyvale immediately. If the DMV approves the application, Waymo will start by doing 3D roadway mapping via manually driving vehicles and conducting appropriate testing with a test driver on board before conducting driverless testing in Sunnyvale. As next steps, City staff will begin actively working […]

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Sunnyvale Livability Index – How is Sunnyvale Doing?

Clearly, I need to spend more time on Nextdoor, where most Sunnyvale people like to get their news. Also, the Council needs to think about how to add enrichment and recreation opportunities.   On Tuesday, April 10 at 6:15 PM, City Council will have a study session to discuss the results of the Community Livability survey managed by the  National Research Center Inc. (NRC). It’s based on a national template of questions in categories such as safety, mobility, natural and built environments, economy, recreation and […]

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Women of Persistence

  On March 27, I awarded Rosemary Baez the League of California Women’s Caucus Woman of Persistence award. When she started the Young Engineers Program in 2007, this program aims at introducing first generation Latino youth to careers in engineering. When this program first started, it had less than 5% girl participation. Today, it is just shy of reaching the 50% mark of girls participating. She employed creative means to overcome cultural barriers and gender stereotypes to achieve equity in this program in 10 short […]

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New Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group for CPUC

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission have released a draft proposal to establish and adopt a charter for a newly created Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group. This new Advisory Group will review and provide advice on state programs proposed to achieve clean energy and pollution reduction. The Draft Resolution is scheduled for a vote by the CPUC on December 14, and comments will be accepted through December 1. More information is available here. The CPUC and the Energy Commission are also seeking […]

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Shared equity for home buyers in Sunnyvale

Since the early 2000’s, the City of Sunnyvale Housing Division has administered a first-time home buyer (FTHB) loan program for moderate- and lower-income, first-time home buyer households. It is open to prospective first-time buyers who live or work in Sunnyvale, meet the program’s eligibility requirements, and intend to buy a home in Sunnyvale. City employees, DPS officers, local teachers and others may apply for this program if they meet all the eligibility requirements and find a home in Sunnyvale they wish to buy. The City’s […]

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Happy 70th Birthday, India

Today, I would like to pause to congratulate India for reaching the milestone of 70 years since achieving independence and becoming the largest democracy in the world.  For the past two years, I’ve joined my neighbors to celebrate Indian Independence Day by celebrating songs and flags from both the United States and from India. In spite of all the turmoil in our country, we need to hold dear the freedoms we exercise in our democracies – the freedom of assembly, the freedom of speech, freedom […]

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Hurry and apply – Emerge California is seeking well-qualified women

In 2016, I took the Emerge California training for women who want to run for office. I found the program profoundly helpful and am committed to expanding the wonderful things  that can happen when women support each other. It was great to stretch my wings and consider new possibilities. My journey from awkward, very solitary teenager to becoming an elected official in Silicon Valley has been a long one requiring lots of help from friends. I grew up on a farm in the Midwest as […]

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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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