The American Lung Association (ALA) Raises Sunnyvale's Tobacco Grade from a D to a B – The ALA report State of Tobacco Control 2017 – California Local Grades assigns points and letter grades to every municipality in the state based upon enacted laws intended to protect the public from tobacco and secondhand smoke exposure. Grades are based upon three primary objectives: 1. smoke-free outdoor air laws; 2. smoke-free housing laws; and 3. reducing sales of tobacco products through a tobacco retailer licensing program. Sunnyvale scored an overall tobacco control grade of B, up from a D in 2016. Only one city in Santa Clara County, Saratoga, scored an A. Sunnyvale scored two A grades in the categories of smoke-free outdoor air and housing due to recently passed laws, and scored an F in reducing sales of tobacco. (The only way for Sunnyvale to achieve an overall grade of A is to create a program specifically designed to tax and regulate the over 100 tobacco retailers in the city.) Campbell and San Jose scored B grades, Gilroy and Morgan Hill scored C grades, and the remaining cities scored D or F grades. For more information, contact Christy Gunvalsen, 408-730-7255. To read the report, visit: State of Tobacco Control - California 2017 (pdf)

Finance Receives Award for Investment Policy – The Association of Public Treasurers of the United States & Canada (APT US&C) has presented the Treasury Division with the Association's Investment Policy Certificate of Excellence Award for the City of Sunnyvale's FY2016/17 Investment Policy. The investment policy certification program involves a review of the investment policy by three experts in the field. Those jurisdictions which comply with APT US&C's written criteria are presented with the Association's Written Investment Policy Certification. The City's policy has been reviewed and certified annually by APT US&C since 1999. For more information, contact Stephen Quick, Finance Manager.

Mary Avenue Overcrossing Environmental Impact Report - Open City Hall Forum – The City is conducting an environmental review of Mary Avenue Overcrossing, which would extend from the north end of Mary Avenue at Almanor Avenue, over US-101 and SR-237, to 11th Avenue in Moffett Park. A community kickoff meeting was held on Jan. 17 at Washington Park. We are collecting additional input via Open City Hall. For more information contact Ria Hutabarat Lo 408-730-7502.

Neutral Gender Bathrooms – The City is in the process of bringing bathroom signs into compliance with new California law. California Assembly Bill No. 1732, commencing March 1, requires single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or government agency to be identified as all-gender toilet facilities, as specified. Effective March 1, any single-user restroom, which can be locked from the inside, will be marked "Unisex" and no longer be marked "Men" or "Women." The City has identified 34 locations that are being updated with new signage to meet the new requirements.

The law does not affect most restrooms located in City park facilities as they provide multiple stalls and the restrooms cannot be locked from the inside by individual users.

New Trees Planted at Ponderosa Park – On Feb. 12, approximately 300 volunteers from the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) came together to plant eight trees at Ponderosa Park. The group took the opportunity to give back to the community while celebrating the Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shevat New Year for Trees. This marks the fifth year of the JCC celebrating Tu B'Shevat in Sunnyvale. For more information on volunteering events in Sunnyvale Parks, call 408-730-7506.

Job Shadow Day – Job Shadow Day, a national initiative, provides students with the opportunity to engage in early career exploration by shadowing employees in the workplace and employers have the opportunity to present career options to potential future employees. For many years, NOVA, in collaboration with other City departments, has hosted an annual Job Shadow Day for this community's youth and this year Job Shadow Day was held on Feb. 14. Twenty-four juniors and seniors participated from Fremont High School's Academic Foundations, a class that provides additional assistance and training in life skills leading to graduation, higher education and career success.

NOVA Hosts Visit from California State Assemblymember Kevin Mullin – On Feb. 16, NOVA was honored to host a visit from California State Assemblymember Kevin Mullin. Assemblymember Mullin, representing San Mateo County, holds a leadership position in the State Assembly as Speaker pro Tempore, serves on the California Workforce Development Board, and has been a champion of the local workforce development community for many years. The visit was an opportunity for Assemblymember Mullin to hear more about NOVA and its work in San Mateo County, its leadership in workforce development, and how unique and innovative NOVA is that differentiates it from other workforce boards. The visit began with a meeting with the Director Kris Stadelman about NOVA's services, followed by participation in ProMatch's weekly meeting, and concluded with a discussion with Board members.

JobTrain Economic Opportunity Awards — On Feb. 16, NOVA Director Kris Stadelman participated in the JobTrain Economic Opportunity Awards dinner at the Hiller Aviation Museum. Last fall JobTrain, a contracted service provider in Menlo Park, in partnership with the San Francisco Chronicle and LinkedIn, launched the first ever Economic Opportunity Awards to recognize those employers who have hired disadvantaged workers or developed innovative programs to reach out to this population, contributing to their career success and quality of life. Nominees were selected from employers representing emerging, mid-size and large tech and non-tech companies. NOVA Director Kris Stadelman was invited to join the Nominations Committee that recommended 18 award recipients for this inaugural event, with six winners selected from among these nominees. The director was also a presenter of this year's nominees at the dinner.

Permits for Electric Water Heaters Available Online – The E-OneStop page on the City website has been updated to include electric water heater permit applications. The 2016 California Energy Efficiency Standards Code requires that electric heat pump water heaters that are installed, meet a minimum Energy Factor of 2.80 for Sunnyvale's region. This information is included with the online permitting process. There has been an increase in the number of electric water heaters installed in single-family houses, particularly houses with photovoltaic panels, due to their high efficiency. For more information visit E-OneStop or contact the Building Division at 408-730-7444.

UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Arbor Day Celebrations in Sunnyvale – March 7 each year is Arbor Day in California. This year, Sunnyvale will be joining with the Sunnyvale School District in commemorating Arbor Day with a tree planting by the Student Council on San Miguel Elementary School campus. The ceremony will start at 11 a.m., Tuesday March 7, in the kindergarten playground.

On Saturday, March 11, the City will be celebrating Arbor Day by planting street trees in the San Miguel neighborhood. Everyone is welcome to participate and come plant trees along the streets near San Miguel Elementary School. We will begin at San Miguel School at 9 a.m. and go out along San Miguel, Alvarado, San Pablo and Santa Paula to plant new street trees. For more information, call the Parks Division at 408-730-7506.