Mobile Fueling of Vehicles Now Permitted in Sunnyvale – You may have seen or heard of companies offering mobile fueling services in which they will fuel vehicles wherever they are parked from mobile tank trucks, cargo tanks mounted in the back of a pickup truck or portable containers. Mobile fueling, which had been prohibited in the City of Sunnyvale, is now allowed where operating and site permits have been approved by the Public Safety Fire Prevention Office. Representatives from the fire service and mobile fueling industry spent much of last year developing safety standards that were recently adopted by national code development organizations. Similar rules are now proposed to be included in the California Fire Code and were adopted into Sunnyvale's local fire code (Sunnyvale Municipal Code 16.52) that became effective Jan. 1, 2017. For more information, contact Fire Marshal Lynne Kilpatrick, 408-730-7219.
DPS Provides Bicycle Helmets to Children in Need – On Oct. 1, Public Safety received a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program Grant award from the California Office of Traffic Safety. Grant funds were recently used to purchase 96 bicycle helmets, which will be distributed to children in need and properly fitted by DPS personnel. To request a free helmet or to schedule a helmet fitting for any cyclist, call the Public Safety Crime Prevention Unit at 408-730-7140. For more information about Public Safety grants, contact Elaine Ketell, 408-730-7234.
The City is Now Accepting Discover Card – In an effort to continuously improve and provide as many payment options as practical, the City has completed a project with our credit card processer, Elavon, to accept Discover Card for payments. The Discover Card is accepted at all City payment locations that accept credit cards along with Mastercard and Visa. The City does not accept American Express due to a more expensive fee structure. As part of the project, a $10,000 incentive was provided by Discover Card. For more information contact Finance Manager Stephen Quick.
Principal Accountant Participated in GASB Round Table – On Jan. 11, Jamie Oei, the City's Principal Accountant, participated in a round table discussion hosted by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). The round tables are being conducted in 12 locations around the country. The 10 person panel consisted of representatives from GASB, the Investment firms Charles Schwab and Franklin Templeton, Auditors from Maze and Associates, Macias, Gini, and O'Connel (MGO – our current auditor), and accountants from three public agencies. The panel discussed the positive and negative aspects of certain note disclosure requirements. These requirements drive the level of detail and visibility of financial information that is included in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports generated by Public Agencies. The findings of this initial research will serve to inform survey and interview research that will be conducted later. The request by GASB for Jamie's participation is reflective of her depth of knowledge in governmental accounting, the resulting respect she garners within the industry. For more information contact Stephen Quick, Finance Manager.
Cleaner, Greener Electricity Coming to Sunnyvale – Starting in April, Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) will launch service, providing residents and businesses in Sunnyvale with 100 percent carbon-free electricity at competitive rates. SVCE is a new nonprofit, public agency, formed in spring 2016 by 12 South Bay communities, including Sunnyvale, to source clean electricity on our behalf at costs below PG&E's comparative generation rates. PG&E is still an essential partner as they will continue to deliver electricity over existing power lines, maintain the lines, send bills, and provide customer service. Enrollment for SVCE is automatic and will take place over a six-month period, in three phases – April, July and October 2017. Customers will know when they are enrolled when they receive notices in the mail. Customers receive two notices before enrollment, and two after. Customers with existing PG&E accounts are automatically enrolled in SVCE's GreenStart electric generation service, which offers 50 percent renewable energy and is 100 percent carbon-free. For a small premium, businesses and residents may also choose to upgrade to GreenPrime to receive 100 percent renewable and 100 percent carbon-free power. Customers may also opt out to remain with PG&E generation service. Using more renewable energy is an easy, economical way to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and improve our carbon footprint. It's the single most effective way to accomplish our communities' climate goals. For more information, visit SVCE, 844-474-7823.
CNC Receives a $3,000 Grant from AMD – Columbia Neighborhood Center (CNC) received a $3,000 grant from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to support a pilot program, Pathways to College. Pathways to College is a program from the Family Engagement Institute and CNC that aims to help families prepare their middle and high school students for college. The free program is geared toward parents or guardians who are unfamiliar with higher education and who need assistance navigating the process. The program will take place on two Saturdays, Feb. 4 and 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Columbia Middle School with a free breakfast provided. The program will be offered in both English and Spanish. The program will culminate with a field trip for the entire family on March 11 to Foothill College for College Day. For more information or to register, call CNC at 408-730-7800. AMD has been a CNC supporter for two decades through grant awards and AMD employee volunteers who assist with CNC programs.
Sunnyvale Sister City Association Offers Robot Programming Class – The Sunnyvale Sister City Association, in partnership with the City of Sunnyvale and the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan, will offer a two-day special robotics program on Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Sunnyvale Community Center for 12 interested middle or high school students. Participants will build and explore robots that play sports and use the Ruby programming language to teach their robots how to navigate an obstacle course. Students are required to bring their own laptop computers. No previous programming or Japanese language experience is required. Applications are due by Jan. 31. There is a $48 program fee to participate in the program. For more information or to apply, visit Sunnyvale Sister City Association.
City Planning Staff Visits Kindergarten Classes at Cumberland Elementary School On Jan. 20, Planning staff were invited to present an assembly for 120 students from five kindergarten classes at Cumberland Elementary School. Staff explained how Planners work in partnership with the community to help a city become a wonderful place to live, work, grow up, and play. The children participated in an activity discussing ideas on the types of buildings, uses, and elements that make up a city. The activity included a felt board exercise in which children volunteered to place buildings and uses around a street network. The students successfully grouped uses that were similar and complementary, respecting natural edges, and identifying different modes of transportation. For more information on this type of activity, contact the Planning Division, 408-730-7440.
NOVA Hosts Visitors from Boston's Workforce Development Community – On Jan. 11 and 12, NOVA hosted several visitors from Boston: Alysia Ordway from the Boston Private Industry Council (a local workforce board) and Marybeth Campbell from SkillWorks (a Boston workforce fund collaborative.) NOVA and Boston share many challenges that face the technology sector, so the purpose of this visit was to learn more about each organization's best practices and opportunities to work together in the future. One such prospective collaboration discussed was to pilot the Bi-Coastal Innovation & Technology Lab (BITLab), a public-private partnership multi-functional facility (one in each community) that will serve as a talent hub, training center and technology recruiting venue for regional job seekers with a passion and aptitude for technology and innovation careers. As a follow-up to this visit, NOVA Director Kris Stadelman will be visiting Boston in March.
Meeting with President of Skyline College – On Jan. 19, NOVA Director Kris Stadelman met with Skyline College President Regina Stroud in San Bruno. Since San Mateo County joined the now eight-jurisdiction NOVA consortium, NOVA has been reaching out to prospective partners in San Mateo County. The purpose of this meeting with Skyline College was to explore opportunities to partner on future training curriculum, in collaboration with business, to ensure the workforce is prepared for jobs in emerging and demand-driven industries. One particular sector that is being explored is the alignment between software development and software operations bringing the end-user closer to the product design process. Overall the meeting was very informative and productive.
California Jobs Report Released for December — On Jan. 20, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) released the state jobs report for December and the unemployment rate for the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Metropolitan Statistical Area was 3.4 percent, down from a revised 3.5 percent in November, with 100 jobs lost for a total of 1,110,000 jobs: construction lost 2,000 jobs; professional and business services lost 1,200 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities added 2,000 jobs seasonally; leisure and hospitality added 1,400 jobs; and private educational and health services added 1,100 jobs. The state unemployment rate was an adjusted 5.2 percent in December, down from 5.3 percent the previous month. Sunnyvale's unemployment for December was 3.0 percent, down from 3.4 percent in November. For more information, visit EDD.
Library and Community Services Department Receives Award of Excellence; – The Community Services Division was awarded the Award of Excellence by the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) for the Super Heroes social media campaign conducted in July 2016 celebrating Parks and Recreation month. The CPRS awards program recognizes outstanding achievement in the area of marketing and communications through demonstration of the principles of resourcefulness, execution, accomplishment and alignment with the parks and recreation mission. The social media campaign consisted of a month long, multi-faceted marketing campaign that encouraged the community to discover their super powers while exploring Sunnyvale's award winning parks, recreation programs, health and wellness classes and a variety of library and social service programs. Staff will receive the state-wide award on Wednesday, March 1, at the CPRS Annual Awards Banquet. To view posts featured in the campaign, visit Sunnyvale Recreation on Facebook. For more information or questions, contact Trenton Hill, 408-730-7378.
Volunteer Resources Program – Human Resources manages the City's Volunteer Resources Program. The Volunteer Resources Program augments and enhances community engagement and the delivery of City services in Sunnyvale. City staff serves as coordinators for the program in each department, creating volunteer opportunities and providing supervision of the volunteers. In 2016, 1,057 people volunteered with the City. Volunteers help the City with major annual events such as Hands on the Arts and the State of the City. Information about the Volunteer Resources Program can be found on the City's website at Volunteer Resources Program. For more information, contact Tony Giles, 408-730-3029
UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS
Robinson Crusoe – In conjunction with the Department of Library and Community Services, the California Theater Center features upcoming performances of Robinson Crusoe. All shows will take place at the Sunnyvale Theatre, 550 E. Remington Dr. Family shows (suggested for Grades 3 and up) run Saturday, Feb. 4 and 11, at 11 a.m. For more show information or to purchase tickets visit California Theatre Center.
Evenings of Cultural Arts – Saturday, Feb. 4, 8 p.m. at the Sunnyvale Theatre, 550 E. Remington Dr. The Evenings of Cultural Arts continues its season with a very popular California Guitar Trio. The jazz trio has received international acclaim and was named as one of the top ten albums of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. For more information on the artist or to purchase tickets visit Arts.inSunnyvale.com or call the Box Office at 408-733-6611.
Free Small Business Workshops – The City, in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and FranNet of the Bay Area, will host two free business workshops that will be held back to back on Feb.7, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The workshops will focus on financing a business and buying a franchise, and will be held at the Sunnyvale Public Library. For more information and registration, contact Maria Rodriguez at 408-730-7607, or visit EconDev.inSunnyvale.com.