News and Reports
The Sunnyvale Business Page is a quarterly newsletter published by the Economic Development Division.The newsletter provides information on City services and more to help Sunnyvale business owners.
BUSINESS PAGE NEWSLETTER - SUMMER 2015
Help Shape the Vision for El Camino Real
The City of Sunnyvale received a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to update the 2007 Precise Plan for El Camino Real and prepare the related Environmental Impact Report.
A key component of the update process was the formation of the a citizens' advisory committee to guide the preparation of the plan. The committee will engage stakeholders, leaders, businesses and the general community.
Applications are due Monday, July 13, 2015.
Goals of the Plan include:
- Analyze market demands
- Specify development standards
- Develop urban design standards for streets, streetscapes and open space
- Create unique identifiable nodes
For additional information, visit the El Camino Real Corridor site or email Rosemarie Zulueta or call 408-730-7437.
Small Business Ignite: Sunnyvale
The City of Sunnyvale, in partnership with Silicon Valley Talent Partnership and the Sunnyvale Downtown Association, will host the second session in the Small Business Ignite program. Small Business Ignite is a private public partnership that creates a free series of in-person trainings, networking and mentoring sessions for small business owners to accelerate the success of their Sunnyvale business.
The next session, "Social Media" will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 7:45 to 10:30 a.m. If you are a small business owner in Sunnyvale and would like to participate, visit EconDev.inSunnyvale.com for additional information. Registration will open in August.
If you have any questions, contact Maria Rodriguez, Economic Development Specialist with the City of Sunnyvale or Srijana Angdembey, Engagement Manager for Silicon Valley Talent Partnership.
Water Conservation in Sunnyvale
The Sunnyvale City Council adopted a resolution declaring a 30% water reduction target through June 30, 2016. The goal was set based on the water usage during the 2013 calendar year. The Council expressed concern about continually depleting the groundwater supply and the threat of land subsidence and took the following actions:
- Instituted a two day water schedule with odd addresses allowed to water on Mondays and Thursdays and even addresses allowed to water on Tuesdays and Fridays. (Note: Sprinkler system irrigation is not permitted between 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. when daylight savings time is in effect and drip irrigation is exempt from this schedule.)
- Prohibited outside irrigation within 48 hours of rainfall.
- Required hotels to offer patrons the option of not laundering linens on a daily basis.
- Serving water in restaurants except upon request.
- The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff.
The Council also approved the following enforcement actions:
- Imposed a $250 citation for a third violation of water waste prohibitions.
- Imposed a $500 citation thereafter for additional violations.
Visit the Water Conservation site for additional information. For information on water conservation requirements in Santa Clara County, visit the Santa Clara Valley Water District site.
Town Center Site Update
Most of the property that was once the Town Center Mall is now owned by Wells Fargo Bank, with the exception of Macy's and Target. Over the last several years, the site has been involved in a variety of lawsuites filed by the previous developer.
The 6th District Appellate Court issued an opinion on May 19, 2015, finding in favor of Wells Fargo (the current owner) on all counts. This outcome is significant because it should clear up the "cloud" on the property title caused by litigation, which prevented the bank from being able to market and sell the property. On June 29, 2015, Sand Hill Properties filed a petition for review with the California Supreme Court. Generally, the Supreme Court must decide whether or not to hear the case within 60 days of the request; under some circumstances, the time can be extended.
Because so much time has elapsed since the project's entitlements were granted, the City has initiated a market analysis for the Town Center to review whether current market conditions still support the original proposal and plans. This will ensure the project is ready to move forward as quickly as possible once development resumes. However, because the City does not own the property, it has little say in how or when the development will occur.
For additional information, visit Downtown.inSunnyvale.com or call the Downtown Development hotline at 408-737-4900.
New Businesses in Sunnyvale
The City of Sunnyvale welcomes new businesses to the community. The following are businesses with 10 or more employees that opened recently or are scheduled to open locations in Sunnyvale in the next few months.
Economic Development staff is ready to help you if you need assistance in finding a site, expanding your current site or are ready to start a business in Sunnyvale. Contact Economic Development by email or call (408) 730-7607
Events in Sunnyvale
For additional events in Sunnyvale, visit Sunnyvale’s event calendar at Events.inSunnyvale.com.
Always remember to Shop Sunnyvale. Visit Shop.inSunnyvale.com to see our shopping directories for the downtown and all of the City's shopping centers.