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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Dianne McKenna: Nancy brings a wide range of experience

Quote from Hon. Dianne McKenna, former Sunnyvale mayor and former County Board of Supervisors: Nancy 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  

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Dean Chu: Vote Nancy for water and habitat preservation

Quote from Hon. Dean Chu, former Sunnyvale mayor: Water 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

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My Opposition to Measure M

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 22, 2016 Nancy Smith for Sunnyvale City Council announces opposition Measure M Sunnyvale — City Council Seat 6 Candidate Nancy Smith announced her opposition to Measure M, Sunnyvale’s measure requiring a vote for the sale or lease of Sunnyvale public lands. “The voters are frustrated and don’t trust the council to make great decisions.” Smith said. “I would much rather the voters of Sunnyvale — including the proponents of Measure M — support and elect council members who share […]

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