Public Safety Preparing for Implementation of Text to 9-1-1 – The Public Safety Communications Unit is nearly ready to provide Text to 9-1-1 service within the City of Sunnyvale. Once implemented, our Public Safety Dispatchers will be capable of processing text messages sent to 9-1-1 from devices within the City limits. Since text messages take longer to process, and there is no guarantee of delivery, a telephone call will still be the recommended way to reach 9-1-1. "Call if you can; text if you can't" is the nationally recommended emphasis for public education. Implementation depends upon several factors, including the readiness of the California Highway Patrol and other surrounding agencies, and the coordination of our mutual public education campaigns. Our City will be the first city in Santa Clara County to be fully ready to accept text messages. Surrounding agencies are expected to be on board later this year. For more information, contact Public Safety Communications Manager Michael Spath, 408-730-7165.
DPS Receives Board of State and Community Correction Funds – The Budget Act of 2016 allocated $20 million (one-time funds) to cities to increase positive outcomes between law enforcement and high-risk populations. Public Safety will serve as the fiscal agent on behalf of the Santa Clara County Chief's Association and will receive and distribute Santa Clara County's allocation of $1,016,496 to other county law enforcement agencies based upon the County Chiefs' agreed allocation method. Sunnyvale's allocation is $67,000 which will be used to expand the current Gang Resistance Education and Training Program and the City's Crisis Intervention Team, provide a DPS Youth Leadership Academy this summer, offer mini-grants and training opportunities for Challenge Team agencies, and expand summer programming and outreach in partnership with the Columbia Neighborhood Center. For more information, contact Nancy Thome, 408-730-7162.
Sunnyvale Receives Positive Comments from Moody's – Moody's Investor Service, the bond credit rating business of Moody's Corporation, highlighted Sunnyvale's outstanding credit position and AAA issuer rating for General Obligation Bonds in a report issued on Jan. 25. This is the highest credit rating available and the report overview describes Sunnyvale's strong economy and tax base, healthy fund balances, low debt levels despite elevated pension liabilities, and strong financial management practices. While California cities remain exposed to growing long-term pension and OPEB liabilities, cities continue to benefit from a strong state economy with higher assessed property tax values and sales tax growth. For more information, contact Kenn Lee, Assistant Director of Finance.
Meeting with San Mateo County Board of Supervisor Dave Pine – On Jan. 20, NOVA Director Kris Stadelman met with San Mateo County Board of Supervisor Dave Pine. Last October, the director was invited to present at a San Mateo County Board of Supervisors meeting to provide an update on the transition of San Mateo County to the NOVA consortium and the implementation of the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Supervisor Pine was unable to attend this meeting, so his office invited the director to meet with him in person to discuss these updates. At the meeting, in response to Supervisor Pines' expressed interests, the director discussed the youth services provided in San Mateo County and NOVA's collaborative initiatives with organized labor in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties regarding apprenticeships in the construction and advanced transportation industries. Supervisor Pine was very appreciative of NOVA's work in San Mateo County.
General Plan Amendment Initiation Applications for First Quarter 2017 – City Council requested that applications for General Plan Amendment Initiation be scheduled for City Council consideration on a quarterly basis; to support this direction four City Council meeting dates are reserved on the Tentative Council Meeting Agenda Calendar (TCMAC). No applications were received by the first quarter deadline of Feb. 1. Therefore, the placeholder date on the TCMAC for May 9 has been removed. For more information about General Plan Amendment Initiation process, contact Principal Planner Gerri Caruso, 408-730-7591.
Library Celebrates Black History Month – During the month of February, Library visitors will enjoy two book displays exploring the many contributions of African-Americans. The lobby display will include books that celebrate the people, history, culture and influence of African-Americans. The display in the Children's Area will feature the five Grand Prize winning essays in the Library's "I Have a Dream…" writing contest. Fifty-three children submitted essays for consideration, sharing their dreams of peace, kindness, acceptance, love, respect, equality and freedom. Thank you to the Friends of the Sunnyvale Public Library for sponsoring this writing contest.
Free Federal and State Tax Preparation Assistance Available at the Library and Columbia Neighborhood Center – Free tax assistance will be available at the Sunnyvale Public Library to help low to moderate income taxpayers retain more discretionary income for every day essentials such as housing, utilities and groceries. Eligibility and program availability vary by site; please refer to the following information sheet.
Annual Review of New Laws – The League of California Cities (LCC) published its annual LCC Legislative Report (PDF) which summarizes laws passed in the 2016 calendar year and includes an analysis of potential impact on cities. Most of these new laws went into effect Jan. 1, 2017. The City has reviewed the new laws for potential impact to the City. A summary of bills that are likely of interest to the City Council is highlighted in the memo below. Some of the bills with impacts to City services or operations have been noted.
UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS
Mobile Home Owners Know your Rights – Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 550 E. Remington Drive. The Sunnyvale Senior Center, in collaboration with Project Sentinel, will be hosting a lecture on the rights and responsibilities of mobile home residents in California. Project Sentinel is a local nonprofit agency whose mission is "to develop and promote fairness and equality of housing for all persons and to advocate peaceful resolution of disputes for community welfare and harmony." Come learn the importance of understanding how to handle a variety of issues, including space leases, notices and rent increases. Hear from experienced housing counselors and receive materials to take with you! Guest Speakers: Sandra DeLateur, Director Dispute Resolution Programs, and Martin Eichner, Independent Facilitator and Consultant to Project Sentinel. For more information or to register, call 408-730-7360.
Homestead Road Proposed Median Community Meeting – Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Ortega Park Building, 636 Harrow Way. As part of the Apple Campus 2 project, Apple and the City of Cupertino have proposed to plant trees in a series of new landscaped medians along Homestead Road between Wolfe Road and Quail-Tantau Avenue. The proposed tree-lined medians are designed as a traffic calming measure and additional buffer between the Birdland neighborhood and Apple Campus 2. A project representative will present the proposed median design at the public meeting to gather input from the Sunnyvale community. The proposed median plans can be viewed at: Transportation and Traffic. If you are unable to attend the meeting you can submit comments to Ralph Garcia, Senior Transportation Engineer, at by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.
PG&E Open House to Discuss the Pipeline Safety Project and Proposed Removal of Trees and New Landscaping on E. California Avenue – Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Murphy Park Recreation Building, 260 N. Sunnyvale Avenue. PG&E will host another open house to inform residents of proposed tree removals and share the updated restoration plans for landscaping on E. California Avenue, east of Fair Oaks Avenue. This meeting is a follow-up from the Aug. 10, 2016, outreach meeting where a request was made by a resident on E. California Avenue to see the plans prior to the City issuing a permit.
PG&E's communication for their pipeline safety program including the project on E. California Avenue began in November 2013. However, based on the feedback received from the City and community, PG&E spent time reevaluating their program thereby eliminating the number of trees being removed in certain areas. Since that time, PG&E has held three open houses and delivered a presentation at a City Council Meeting on April 12, 2016. Prior to issuing permits for the tree removal, the City is planning to submit an informational memo to City Council. For more information, contact Public Works Engineering Division at 408-730-7605.
Neighborhood Outreach Meeting for Proposed Hotel at 830 E. El Camino Real – Thursday, March 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Community Center, 550 E. Remington Drive, in the Neighborhood Room. The applicant, Brian Spencer (Sunnyvale HHG Hotel Development, LP) and Scot McGill (Awbrey Cook Rogers and McGill Architects) will host a neighborhood outreach meeting to discuss the proposed Hilton Homewood Suites hotel project. The proposed project entails demolition of an existing restaurant building and construction of a 127-room hotel, underground parking garage and associated site improvements on a 1.49-acre lot located within the El Camino Precise Plan Area. A previous hotel application for this site was denied by the Planning Commission in August 2016; the new application is intended to address the height, bulk, and privacy concerns of the Planning Commission and community. For more information contact Project Planner Cindy Hom, 408-730-7411.
Escape Room – Friday, Feb. 17, 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Sunnyvale Public Library Program Room, 665 W. Olive Ave. Be a part of a group trapped in two separate rooms in Operation: Escape. Communicate with the group in the other room to find a way out against a ticking clock. Limited to 12 participants ages 18 and older. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sunnyvale Public Library. Register online.
Sunnyvale Theatre Presents I Don't Want to Go to Bed – In conjunction with the Department of Library and Community Services, the California Theater Center features upcoming performances of I Don't Want to Go to Bed. Observe the frustrations of a young girl who simply doesn't like bedtime! All shows take place at the Sunnyvale Theatre, 550 E. Remington Drive. Family shows (suggested for Pre-K through 3rd Grade) run Saturdays, Feb. 18 through March 4 at 11 a.m. For more show information or to purchase tickets visit California Theater Center.
Shrek the Musical – In partnership with the Department of Library and Community Services, the Sunnyvale Community Players proudly present their annual youth production of Shrek the Musical. Performances run Feb. 24 through March 12 at the Sunnyvale Theatre, 550 East Remington Drive. This Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure follows Shrek's life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. For more information or to purchase tickets visit Sunnyvale Players or call 408-733-6611.