DPS Releases Mini-Grant Opportunity to Community Partners – As a follow-up to the Feb. 9 City Manager's Biweekly Report, Public Safety is using a portion of their Board of State and Community Corrections, Corrections Planning and Grant Program allocation to offer a mini-grant opportunity to agencies, organizations, community groups or schools. Sunnyvale Challenge Team partners were notified of the opportunity on Feb. 28 and applications are due March 24. Applicants can apply for a maximum of $5,000 for projects focused on outreach to high-risk youth, youth diversion programs, or gang and violence prevention programs. The mini-grant timeline is as follows:

Activity

Description

Timeline

Application Release

Applications released to Sunnyvale Challenge Team partner agencies

Feb. 28

Application Due Date

Applications must be submitted by noon on March 24

March 24, noon

Application Review

Applications will be reviewed by the Review Team

March 27 – April 3

Notification Letters

Notification letters to applicants will be emailed to the contact person listed in the cover sheet of the application

Week of April 10

Contract Development

The City will work with selected applicants to finalized grant agreements

April 17 – May

Projects Begin

Project start dates. Any work completed prior into entering an agreement with the City will be at the applicant's expense unless authorized in writing by the City

June 1 (projected)

For more information, contact Sr. Management Analyst Nancy Thome, 408-730-7162.

Status of Hotel Proposals in Sunnyvale – The City has received 15 applications for hotels totaling 2,350 rooms in various locations ranging from Moffett Park to El Camino Real and downtown. Of the 15 hotel proposals, one located downtown has completed renovations and is open for business, one is under construction at El Camino Real and Fair Oaks, five have received planning approvals and are in building permit review. Four hotel projects have received planning permits, but have not yet submitted for their building permits. Four planning applications are pending (one of which is inactive). For more information, contact Andrew Miner, Planning Officer at 408-730-7707.

Mariani's Inn Development Proposal, City of Santa Clara – The City of Sunnyvale received a Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) from the City of Santa Clara for the Mariani's Inn property. The NOP provides agencies and the public the opportunity to request issues and concerns to be included in the preparation of an EIR. The project includes up to 392 multi-family and senior residential units and 220,000 square feet of commercial space on just over seven acres of land. Community Development and Public Works staff prepared a letter requesting review of specific issues.

Public Hearing on Human Services and Capital Projects Funding on March 22 – The Housing and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will hold a public hearing at its March 22 regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the West Conference Room, 456 W. Olive Ave. The HHSC will consider requests received for federal pass-through funds and local human services funds for housing and community development activities for next fiscal year. In January, the City released a request for proposals for two types of federal funds available to the City, contingent on federal appropriations for next year: Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds. A limited amount of City General Funds ($100,000) are also anticipated to be available for smaller human services grant requests. The City received 18 proposals for human services programs and two proposals for capital projects, which include housing rehabilitation and economic development activities. The applicants presented their proposals to the HHSC at its regular meeting on Feb. 22. The HHSC will make a recommendation on funding allocations in March which the City will incorporate into a draft Action Plan which will be reviewed by the HHSC at its meeting on April 26 and recommended in its final form for approval by Council at its meeting on May 9. For more information, contact Katrina Ardina, Housing Analyst, at 408-730-7250.

PG&E Electric Tower Maintenance Program – PG&E will be conducting maintenance work on their electric towers to remove existing lead-based paint and will recoat with new non-lead-based paint as part of PG&E's program to create safer and more environmentally responsible electric infrastructure. There are 18 towers identified for maintenance and will occur in two phases. Phase 1 will consist of four towers that have been prioritized due to proximity near residential neighborhoods, schools, parks, and heavy commercial areas and will occur in the next 12-18 months. Phase 2 efforts for the remaining 14 towers will be scheduled for completion in the next three to five years. To ensure that communities are fully informed, PG&E will be reaching out to customers near each tower with lead-based paint to inform them of the program. For more information contact PG&E's Electric Tower Maintenance Program, 1-888-208-6010.

Wolfe Road Recycled Water Facilities Project – The Santa Clara Valley Water District's contractor has completed the installation and pressure testing of the 24-inch recycled water pipe underneath Wolfe Road. Permanent paving of the pipe's trench areas commenced in late January and was completed in early February. This involved removing the temporary paving over trench areas, replacing it with the permanent paving, and replacing any lane striping as needed. A contractor's proposal to increase the restored pavement's width from 5.5 feet to full lane width of approximately 12 feet was evaluated and approved. Thus, Wolfe Road ended up with one fully restored lane between Evelyn Avenue and Homestead Road in lieu of a 5.5-foot patched pavement within the travelled lane. This modification greatly enhanced the quality of the pavement. With completion of this work, traffic control on Wolfe Road will be reduced to incidental activities.

In the meantime, work continues at a booster pump station at Sunnyvale's San Lucar Pump Station, south of Kifer Road and north of the Union Pacific (Caltrain) railroad tracks. The pump station work is contained on site and will not impact Wolfe Road and will not require traffic controls. The pump station is expected to be completed in late spring. Later this spring, Apple will install a turnout pipe to connect the new Apple Campus 2 to the Wolfe Road Recycled Water pipe. The connection will cross through the intersection of Wolfe Road and Homestead Road. For more information contact Nasser Fakih, Assistant City Engineer, at 408-730-7605.

Citywide Newsletter Options Being Explored – To coincide with the launch of the City's new website and logo this summer, the City is also updating its printed newsletter, the Quarterly Report. The City is currently researching and developing options for the timing, format and title of the publication to ensure it supports the City's new brand and continues to effectively serve as a primary direct mail communications channel to City residents. The spring edition of the Quarterly Report that arrives in homes around April 1 is being deferred to create capacity for the City to work on updating the publication. Questions about the Quarterly Report can be directed to the City's Communications Officer at 408-730-7535.

NOVA Director Presents at Boston Forum – On March 1, NOVA Director Kris Stadelman was invited to present at a forum in Boston, hosted by the Boston workforce development and philanthropic communities and attended by over 150 participants representing education, workforce development, philanthropy, and the tech industry. This was the second of three forums that are being convened to support engagement on IT and tech workforce challenges and inspire ideas to address identified issues through exemplar practices in the industry. During the presentation, the director showed a brief videothat highlights success stories from NOVA's ProMatch program for dislocated workers from the professional fields. This visit is part of an ongoing relationship between NOVA and the Boston local workforce board and funding collaborative to exchange best practices and explore new joint ventures.

California Jobs Report Released for January – On March 3, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) released the state jobs report for January and the unemployment rate for the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Metropolitan Statistical Area was 3.8 percent in January, up from a revised 3.4 percent in December. The State unemployment rate was an adjusted 5.1 percent in January, down from 5.2 percent the previous month. Sunnyvale's unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in January, up from 3.0 percent in December. For more information, visit EDD.

Residential Food Scraps Program Targeted for September Launch – Solid Waste, Finance, and Communications staff and Specialty Solid Waste and Recycling have begun the planning process to launch the citywide expansion of the successful residential food scraps pilot program. New split-body trucks and carts have been ordered and the City is working with a graphic designer to develop the outreach materials. A service change notification letter will be mailed to all residents in April letting them know about the new program and upcoming change to a split cart for garbage and food scraps. The program is estimated for launch in September.

Presidents' Day Storm – After above average precipitation this winter and unprecedented precipitation over the last two months, the region was again pummeled by a major storm on President's Day, Feb. 20. With the ground saturated and the reservoirs overflowing, there was a concern that some communities might experience localized or widespread flooding. In preparation for the storm, the Environmental Services Department (ESD) with assistance from Public Works had crews available to respond to any flooding calls and fallen trees and limbs. ESD also had three large vacuum trucks patrolling the neighborhoods and cleaning debris from the drain inlets before they caused major flooding. On the day of the storm, ESD received 89 service calls and cleared 163 drain inlets. There was some localized street surface flooding, but no reports of any high water reaching homes or businesses and causing damage.

During the evening hours on that day as the brunt of the storm was hitting Sunnyvale, this coincided with high tide. Such timing is problematic in the northern section of the City as high water levels in the channels could cause the flap gates in the channel to close resulting in backing up the City's storm drainage system. Below we are some of the areas that experienced street surface flooding:

  • Lakewood Village and Sandia areas experienced street flooding and the City provided assistance.
  • Historical Museum at the Community Center experienced parking and street flooding due to onsite drainage backup, the City aided and placed sand bags just in case the situation got worse.
  • Google parking lot at Innovation/5th/Mathilda flooded, the City responded and rendered assistance.

Sand bags were also available for Sunnyvale residents in the event they were needed. As with any such storm event, the City will be assessing what went right and what improvements can be implemented for future storms.

Grant Application Submitted to Fund Accelerated Climate Action in Sunnyvale – A grant application requesting $697,350 for a three-year project was submitted to the California Energy Commission's Local Government Leadership Challenge. The City applied for funding through the Small Local Government Challenge category where $3 million are available statewide to jurisdictions with populations less than 150,000 for climate planning and innovative efforts that support energy efficiency. If funded, the proposed project, titled Accelerating Climate Action in Sunnyvale, will result in the identification of next generation climate actions and greenhouse gas emissions reductions for Sunnyvale by supporting a substantial update of the City's Climate Action Plan, as discussed at the City Council priority setting session in January. A second key component of the project would implement an action included in the current Climate Action Plan, home audits for energy efficiency.

Homestead Road Median Islands – As part of the Apple Campus 2 project, Apple and the City of Cupertino proposed to plant trees in a series of new landscaped medians down the middle of Homestead Road, between Wolfe Road and Quail Avenue / Tantau Avenue. The proposed tree-lined medians were considered a beautification and traffic calming measure and would provide an additional visual buffer between the Birdland neighborhood and Apple Campus 2. It was the understanding that the City of Sunnyvale, based on community feedback, would make the final determination on whether the median moved forward.

At a public meeting on Feb. 22, Apple staff presented the proposed median design to gather public input. In addition, comments were collected from the community via email for those who could not attend. Staff also received a petition that reflects almost unanimous opposition to the median. The majority of residents who reside on Homestead Road are opposed to the medians due to concerns about making U-turn maneuvers, emergency vehicle response time, trees blocking visibility of traffic while turning and added congestion. Staff therefore concluded the median should not be built. Although the median will not be installed, Apple will repave the street and re-install the existing striping as part of the Apple Campus 2 project. For more information, contact Shahid Abbas, Transportation and Traffic Manager, at 408-730-7415.

Property Tax Follow-Up – In the Budget Issues Workshop on Feb. 17, Council inquired regarding the percentage of property tax attributed to the commercial sector and the rate of property turnover. Commercial, industrial and other non-residential valuation represents approximately 40 percent of the total secured assessed value from which property tax revenues are collected. Over the past two years, of the total parcel count, approximately 3.3 percent of all properties have turned over. For more information, contact Assistant Director of Finance, Kenn Lee.

Peery Park Amendment Status – Recently, Council inquired about the status of the Peery Park Specific Plan (PPSP) amendment to consider additional housing in the plan area and the related environmental work. The Council direction in September 2016 was to initiate a PPSP amendment to study residential uses at two sites. It was further directed that if an application from either property owner (Steelwave and Irvine) was not received within a year (which will be September 2017), the City would return to Council to consider funding to the study. No application has been filed for housing at either of those sites.

Silicon Valley Leadership – The City Council has long supported the efforts of Silicon Valley Leadership (SVL) and their Leadership Sunnyvale program. The City recently received the following letter regarding the status of SVL and the possibility of its dissolution: Important Message from Leadership Sunnyvale. There are two parts to the typical, annual support provided by the City: one is an award of funds through the City's Outside Group Funding process;  and the second is via an in-kind services agreement. A more detailed description of the two parts is provided below:

  • Outside Group Funding: As part of Council action during the Budget Workshop in May 2014, Council asked that moving forward, the $6,000 Outside Group Funding be presented within the budget and not as a separate Budget Supplement. In 2013, Council approved the In-Kind Services Agreement and authorized the City Manager to renew the original agreement for up to four additional years so long as both parties agreed.
  • In-Kind Services: This agreement between the City and Leadership Sunnyvale provides that the City will provide the free use of City facilities and staff hours for presentations on City-related topics in exchange for SVL providing leadership training to the community, offering the program to City staff at a reduced rate, and providing a minimum of 50 volunteer hours per year, at no cost to the City, to assist with City events and activities

Fit & Fun Fair Now Accepting 2017 Exhibitor Registrations – Come celebrate health, safety and community at the 2017 Fit & Fun Fair as an exhibitor! The annual Fit & Fun Fair will be held Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Columbia Neighborhood Center (785 Morse Ave.). This free family event will feature more than 50 exhibitors showcasing valuable community resources, wellness information, entertainment, children's activities and health screenings. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide community outreach to over 1,200 residents and network with other organizations. Exhibitor registration packets and event information can be found at FitandFunFair.inSunnyvale.com. The last day to register is Friday, March 24. Space is available on a first come, first served basis and there is no fee or deposit to register. For more information contact Fit & Fun Fair, 408-730-7800.

UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Mary Avenue Overcrossing Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping – Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Neighborhood Center (Multi-Use Room) 785 Morse Ave. A scoping meeting will be held to discuss Mary Avenue Overcrossing which would extend from Mary and Almanor Avenues, over US-101 and SR-237, to 11th Avenue and Discovery Way. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) of the EIR is available at: Mary Avenue Overcrossing. Public input on the NOP should be provided by April 10 via Open City Hall. To be added to the mailing list, contact Ria Hutabara, 408-730-7502

Sunnyvale Theatre Presents The Ugly DucklingIn conjunction with the Department of Library and Community Services, the California Theater Center features upcoming performances of The Ugly Duckling. Be uplifted by the thoughtful Hans Christian Andersen story in which an ugly duckling discovers that he has become a handsome swan. All shows take place at the Sunnyvale Theatre at 550 E. Remington Dr.. Family shows (suggested for Pre-K through 5th Grade) run Saturdays, March 25 and April 1 at 11 a.m. For more show information or to purchase tickets visit California Theater Center.

Design Your Garden with Low Water Plants – Saturday, March 18, 2 to 3 p.m., at Sunnyvale Public Library Program (665 W. Olive Ave.). Learn from Master Gardener Allie Judy on how to plant California Natives and Mediterranean plants to create a low-water, low-maintenance, habitat-rich landscape for you and the beneficial creatures around you.

Community Safety Courses – For those looking to obtain certificates in Standard First Aid, CPR and AED for the Health Care Provider or Heart Saver (CPR with AED for Adult and Child), courses with the City of Sunnyvale are readily available. All courses are $79 for residents and $99 for nonresidents.

  • CPR and AED for Health Care Provider: Monday, March 20, 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Standard First Aid: Sunday, April 23, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Heart Saver: Sunday, April 23, 1 to 4 p.m.

For those who wish to obtain their Lifeguard Certification, courses held at Washington Pool are available. All courses are $270 for residents and $320 for nonresidents.

  • March 25 – April 2, Saturday – Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • April 13 – 16, Tuesday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • April 29 – May 7, Saturday – Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

KARTMA Street Café Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22 – The KARTMA Street Café, a social enterprise of Downtown Streets Team (DST), launched at the Sunnyvale Library with a soft opening on February 14. In celebration of the new location, DST will hold a Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony. The ceremony will be from 9 to 10 a.m. on March 22 at the Sunnyvale Public Library Plaza, located at 665 W. Olive Ave. DST is a local nonprofit agency that provides workforce development, outreach and supportive services to homeless and at-risk clients in Sunnyvale in partnership with Sunnyvale Community Services, a local nonprofit agency. This workforce development program, known as WorkFirst Sunnyvale, has received funding from the City of Sunnyvale for several years. KARTMA Street Café trains, employs and pays a living wage to people transitioning out of homelessness while building marketable skills and serving the best coffee. The entire community is invited to attend the grand opening at 9 a.m. on March 22, or visit KARTMA during its regular hours of operation on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

5th Annual Cesar Chavez Youth Action Day – Sunnyvale teens will commemorate the legacy of Cesar E. Chavez on Saturday, March 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Columbia Park (739 Morse Ave.). Teens will participate in leadership skill workshops and fun eco-friendly service projects such as tree planting. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Volunteer registration is required for all interested teens and can be completed online at Volunteering.inSunnyvale.com. For more information, contact Jesus Raygoza at 408-730-7741 or Teen Activity Committee.