Notice of Change of Election Years in the City of Sunnyvale
At the November 5, 2013 General Municipal Election in Sunnyvale, voters approved Ballot Measure A, a charter amendment to change City elections from being held in November of odd-numbered years to being held in November of even-numbered years. The charter amendment provides that the next municipal election for City Council Members will be held in November 2016.
To facilitate the change from odd-year elections to even-year elections, the charter amendment authorized a one-time extension of one year to current Councilmembers’ terms.
- Current Councilmembers serving in Seats 4, 5, 6 and 7 who would have served until the first regular Council meeting in January following the November 2015 election will continue in office one additional year, until the first regular meeting in January following the November 2016 election.
Current Councilmembers serving in Seats 1, 2, and 3 who would have served until the first regular Council meeting in January following the November 2017 election will continue in office one additional year, until the first regular meeting in January following the November 2018 election.
November 5, 2013 Election
Election results are available on the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters website.
The City Council of the City of Sunnyvale is comprised of seven members elected at-large, each serving a four-year term. Each member is designated a seat number. Council selects the mayor bi-annually and the vice mayor annually. There were three seats voted upon in the November 5, 2013 election: seats 1, 2 and 3 (see current City Councilmembers
Qualified Candidates in the November 5, 2013 election were:
Chief Executive Officer
Senior Engineering Manager
Law School Student
JAMES R. “JIM” GRIFFITH
TAPPAN (TAP) G. MERRICK
Investment Adviser Representative
The following measures will be submitted to the voters on Tuesday, November 5, 2013:
Measure A: Odd to Even Year Elections
To help reduce the City’s elections costs through consolidation with County and State elections, shall the Sunnyvale City Charter be amended to change the City’s general municipal elections from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years, with the next general municipal election scheduled for 2016, and to provide a one time, one year extension to councilmember terms, and create a temporary one year mayoral term to enable the transition to even-numbered year elections?
Measure A: Proposed Charter Amendment to Change from Odd-year to Even-year Elections
City Attorney's Impartial Analysis of Measure A
Argument in Favor of Measure A
Measure B: Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Increase
Shall the Sunnyvale Municipal Code be amended to increase the transient occupancy tax rate (commonly called "hotel tax") charged to persons who occupy hotel or motel rooms in the City for 30 days or less from 9.5% to 10.5% in order to help maintain the City’s ability to fund basic services such as public safety and streets, trees, and sidewalk maintenance, and to keep parity with neighboring cities’ hotel tax rates, effective January 1, 2014?
Measure B: Proposed Ordinance Amendment to increase the Transient Occupancy Tax
City Attorney's Impartial Analysis of Measure B
Argument in Favor of Measure B
Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Measure B
Argument Against Measure B
Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure B
Measure C: Gun Safety
Shall the City of Sunnyvale adopt a gun safety ordinance to require: 1) reporting to police, within 48 hours, known loss or theft of a firearm; 2) storing firearms in residences in a locked container or disabling them with a trigger lock when not in the owner's immediate possession; 3) prohibiting the possession of ammunition magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, with certain exceptions; and 4) logging and tracking of ammunition sales within the City of Sunnyvale?
Measure C: Proposed Ordinance to Amend the City of Sunnyvale Municipal Code Establishing Gun Safety Regulations
City Attorney's Impartial Analysis of Measure C
Argument in Favor of Measure C
Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Measure C
Argument Against Measure C
Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure C
The public examination period for rebuttal arguments for Measure C is August 13 - August 22.
All candidates must
file Form 501 Candidate Intention Statement
with the City Clerk prior
to solicitation or receipt of any contribution, or expenditure of any personal funds used for this election. Form 410 Statement of Organization Recipient Committee
must be filed within 10 days of receiving $1,000 in contributions. Form 501
and Form 410
may be filed prior to the Nomination Period.
Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Filing Schedule
Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Campaign Statements for Contributions and Expenditures
Candidates and committees that support or oppose a candidate are required to file statements of campaign contributions and expenditures. These statements require reporting of receipts and expenditures relating to the campaign. State law requires that an original form and one copy be filed with the City Clerk at designated times before and after the election. These reports are available for public review in the City Clerk's Office and may be viewed online through the City's NetFile portal.
Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700)
The Political Reform Act under Government Code Section 87200 requires officials and candidates for the elective offices specified in the Code to file Form 700, Statement of Economic Interests, at the time of filing nomination papers and periodically to disclose certain investments, interests in real property, sources of income, gifts, loans and business positions. State law requires that an original form be filed with the City Clerk at the same time nomination papers are filed.