Water Conservation Goals Update – In June 2016, Council adopted a water conservation goal for FY 2016/17 of 15 percent below water-use levels in 2013. With record rainfall this year over much of the state, the Governor recently declared an end to the drought emergency. Our two regional water suppliers independently assess water supply conditions each year. The San Francisco Public Utility Commission has reported that snow levels in the Hetch Hetchy watershed are approximately 175 percent of normal and there is no water shortage. The Santa Clara Valley Water District has not changed its request for a 20 percent reduction from 2013 levels, but could update its request in April or May. The City will continue to monitor water supply conditions and bring an action to Council to adjust our conservation goal if needed. Sunnyvale is on track to meet the current conservation goal of 15 percent below 2013 levels for FY 2016/17. This goal will automatically expire at the end of June 2017. Council also adopted a mandatory restriction of watering no more than three days per week during the drought. This restriction will automatically expire at the end of June 2017. For more information, contact Kent Steffens, Interim Environmental Services Director.

Accident Update at Mathilda-Hwy 237 Interchange – On Tuesday morning April 18 at approximately 11 a.m., a concrete pumper truck traveling southbound on Mathilda Avenue hit the Hwy 237-Mathilda interchange bridge. The truck damaged the Hwy 237 bridge and was stuck under the structure. Public Works and Public Safety arrived at the scene and the pumper truck was ultimately removed from under the structure. The Mathilda Avenue southbound lanes under Hwy 237 were closed until Caltrans structural engineers were able to assess damage to the bridge. At approximately 3 p.m. that day, Caltrans determined it was safe to open the southbound Mathilda lanes. Caltrans will determine any repairs to the structure that are required and the independent contractor will be notified. The City will continue to coordinate with Caltrans on the work needed for repairs.

Body-Worn Camera Purchase Complete – On April 5, Public Safety negotiated a final purchase with Taser for their newest Flex 2 Body Cameras. Twenty-eight cameras were purchased for the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team and the Traffic Enforcement unit. The newest cameras allow additional mounting options which can improve the view of recordings. For more information, contact Patrol Staff Lieutenant David Chong, 408-730-7124.

Country Gourmet Tip-a-Cop Event – Once again the citizens of Sunnyvale showed their support and generosity. The second Tip-a-Cop event for the Northern California Special Olympics was held Tuesday, April 11 at the Country Gourmet. Officers helped serve breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and over $3,293 in donations were received. The next Tip-a-Cop event will be at the Black Bear Diner on May 15. The event starts at 10 a.m. For more information contact Captain Shawn Ahearn, 408-730-7158.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Academy – Five Public Safety Officers completed the EMT Academy on April 6. The EMT course is an accelerated and intensive program held over seven plus weeks. During the academy, students participate in clinical lecture, practical skill scenarios, team assignments, and individual presentations. During the last week of the academy, students completed multiple tests, including the final course examination, psychomotor proficiency evaluations, and the National Registry of EMT competency and certification exam. For more information, contact Charlene Donahue

State Legislature Approves a $52 Billion Transportation Funding Plan – State lawmakers have approved a plan to raise fuel tax rates and vehicle registration fees to generate $52 billion for transportation purposes over a 10-year period. The measure raises the gasoline tax by 12 cents per gallon and the diesel fuel tax by 20 cents per gallon starting November 1, 2017. The increase in vehicle registration fees will range from $25 to $175, depending on the value of the vehicle, beginning Jan. 1, 2018, with an additional $100 per year charge on electric vehicles starting July 1, 2020. The measure also includes annual inflation adjustments that will be applied to both fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees. The funds raised will be allocated to repairing local streets, state highways and local transit projects. Based on revenue projections provided by the State Department of Finance, it is estimated that the City of Sunnyvale will be eligible to receive approximately $34 million over this 10-year period for local street and road projects. While it is anticipated that the City will receive some funding in FY 2017/18, the City is evaluating the fiscal impact and will incorporate the future revenue into the FY 2018/19 Recommended Budget. For more information, contact Senior Management Analyst Brice McQueen.

FoodCycle Program Notification Letters Sent Out Week of April 17 – Residents of single-family homes are being notified the week of April 17 of the new FoodCycle Program (curbside food scraps collection) scheduled to be launched in September. The notification lets residents know:

  • Their current garbage cart will be replaced with a split cart which has a large compartment for garbage and a smaller one for separated food scraps.
  • They will receive a countertop pail, a starter supply of pail liners and a user's guide.
  • They will receive a postcard in April to help them select the new cart size that best fits their needs.
  • FoodCycle Program Notification

The City will begin visiting managers of mobile home parks in April to assist them with cart choice processes for their residents. Specialty Solid Waste & Recycling and the City's Utilities staff are assisting with both the program planning and outreach.

Document Shredding Event Popularity Has Grown Since Program Inception – A Document Shredding Event was held at the SMaRT Station® on March 18. These events are open to Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto residents three times per year, and have been well attended since their inception in 2010. At the January 30, 2010 event, the City serviced 262 cars (185 Sunnyvale, 9 Mountain View, 68 Palo Alto) and shredded 7.5 tons of paper. At the March 18, event, the City serviced a whopping 793 cars total (531 Sunnyvale, 135 Mountain View, 127 Palo Alto) and shredded 15.26 tons of paper. Residents constantly remind City staff just how important this no-charge service is to them and the numbers support that. The City has done a fantastic job of organizing the event and bringing on volunteers as well as Environmental Services staff, and staff from Mountain View and Palo Alto to help make the program run smoothly.

Volunteers Honored for Their Service – When asked why she volunteers, Mary Hidalgo, a volunteer for the last 33 years at the Senior Center, stated “I love people…You never forget the friends you make at the Senior Center.” Mary was honored, along with 80 other volunteers, at this year's Senior Center Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. For each of the past five years, more than 100 individuals have volunteered more than 10,000 hours supporting the Senior Center. These volunteers facilitate classes, escort trips, assist with special events, monitor drop-in programs and services, and provide administrative support. Along with Mary, volunteers Janet Johnson (20 years) and Rose Linn (27 years) were honored for their dedication and support to the Senior Center. For information about volunteering with Senior Center Programs, contact Nancy Hextell, 408-730-7361.

NOVA Director Presents to Leadership Sunnyvale – On April 21, NOVA Director Kris Stadelman has been invited to present to Leadership Sunnyvale, as part of the Civic Affairs Seminar. This is an opportunity to educate upcoming community leaders in Sunnyvale about the economic and workforce trends impacting the region and the workforce development services provided to residents and employers, locally, that support our quality of life.

Affordable Housing Week (AHW) May 12-19 – Affordable Housing Week, from May 12 to 19, is a multi-sector effort led by SV@Home and other local housing partners and agencies. It includes a variety of local events throughout Santa Clara County to raise awareness and foster public dialogue about affordable housing needs, innovations, and opportunities. Two Sunnyvale events are part of AHW:

  • Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m.: At the City Council meeting, Mayor Hendricks will issue a proclamation for Affordable Housing Week. Local affordable housing providers and advocates are encouraged to attend.
  • Wednesday, May 17, at 6 p.m.: First-Time Home Buyer Presentation: Housing staff will provide a presentation for first-time home buyers on Sunnyvale affordable home buyer programs. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Both events will be held at the Sunnyvale City Council Chambers, City Hall, 456 W. Olive Avenue. For more information, contact the Housing Division, 408- 730-7250.

Fair Oaks Avenue PG&E Utility Undergrounding Project – The project to relocate overhead utility lines below ground on portions of S. Fair Oaks Avenue is nearing completion. To complete the project, AT&T will relocate the remaining overhead AT&T lines below ground that will require replacing several existing underground vaults within the sidewalk and parking lane near the southeast corner of the Fair Oaks Avenue and McKinley Avenue. AT&T is scheduled to start work on May 8, and will complete the work by June 2. During this construction, left turns from Fair Oaks Avenue to McKinley Avenue as well as a portion of the sidewalk on the east side of Fair Oaks Avenue will be permanently closed. A detour plan will be in place to address the left turn restrictions and a pedestrian detour plan will address the sidewalk closure. One northbound lane will be closed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but two through lanes for both southbound and northbound directions will be maintained during peak hour commute. For more information, contact the Public Works Engineering Division, 408-730-7605

INFORMATIONAL MEMOS

Sunnyvale Participates in County's Driving to Net Zero Grant Project – This grant-funded project, in which Sunnyvale will be participating with other area cities, will support implementation of the City's Climate Action Plan:

Sunnyvale is #1 – CBRE Group, Inc released its 2017 first quarter market reports showing Sunnyvale maintaining a strong market presence:

UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS

IGreenSunnyvale

  • High School Green Week Challenge – From April 18 to 25, Homestead and Fremont High Schools will participate in the Green Week Challenge in the City's IGreenSunnyvale smart phone app. The challenge is a part of each school's week of sustainability events to celebrate Earth Day, and will allow students to achieve measurable goals of reducing CO2 emissions, saving water and diverting waste away from landfills. Staff have been coordinating with on-campus student groups to coordinate and promote the upcoming challenge. Prizes will be awarded to the top three scorers at each school.
  • Green Together Neighborhood Challenge – From April 29 to May 10, Sunnyvale residents can compete in the Green Together Neighborhood Challenge through the City's IGreenSunnyvale smart phone app. Participants can learn new sustainability actions they can take and earn points for their neighborhood team. Get extra points for taking actions with friends and neighbors, such as carpooling or going to a park together, and for sharing app buzzes on social media. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners at the top three scoring neighborhoods. Join the IGreenSunnyvale community and start playing today. For more information, visit energize.inSunnyvale.com.

Exploring Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge – Did you know that the largest wetlands restoration program west of the Mississippi just a few miles from the Sunnyvale Public Library? Sloughkeeper President Eric Norris will show you how to explore this hidden gem in this dynamic multimedia presentation on Monday, April 24, 7 to 8 p.m. at Sunnyvale Public Library Program Room, 665 W. Olive Ave.

Meditation: The Secret of Happiness, Health and Harmony – Learn how meditation can enhance your happiness and give your brain some downtime, Saturday, April 29, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Sunnyvale Public Library Program Room, 665 W. Olive Ave. Gain insight into the role downtime plays in everyday life. Presented by Dr. Manish Saggar, Assistant Professor at Stanford University and long-time meditator.

Living Green Fair – Come learn how easy it is to green your life and protect our planet with hands-on activities and demonstrations on Sunday, April 30, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Library Program Room, 665 W. Olive Ave. The Living Green Fair will feature Repair Café Mountain View, tree walks from Sunnyvale Urban Forest Advocates, interactive demonstrations about composting and water pollution prevention. Learn about how to borrow a DIY Home Energy Kit, make and take home a natural cleaning product (first 100 visitors), and see winning entries from youth video and poster contests. You'll also be able to dispose of unused medications, drop off batteries and cell phones for recycling, and trade in your old mercury thermometer for a digital one. Sign-ups for repair services will begin at 11:30 a.m. Bring the family for a great day of living green and remember your reusable water bottle! Organized by the Departments of Environmental Services and Library and Community Services.

Better Choices, Better Health (Spanish) – The HealthTrust will be offering this free program in Spanish on Tuesdays, May 2 through June 6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Columbia Neighborhood Center, 785 Morse Ave. This is a self-management program with two trained leaders to help people living with challenging, ongoing health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, high cholesterol or other condition-specific issues. Participants learn how to manage stress, deal with pain and fatigue, address weight management and better their decision-making abilities. To register or for more information, visit CNC.inSunnyvale.com or call 408-730-7800.

Day of the Book – Day of the Child – The Columbia Neighborhood Center, in partnership with the Sunnyvale Public Library, will be hosting a special event to celebrate Day of the Book – Day of the Child on Wednesday, May 3, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Columbia Neighborhood Center Gym, 785 Morse Ave. This free community event will feature storytelling, song and dance with a special guest performance by Cascada de Flores. Each child will receive a free book. For more information, call 408-730-7800.

Free Small Business Workshop on May 4 – As part of the Small Business Ignite: Sunnyvale Program, the City of Sunnyvale has partnered with Silicon Valley Talent Partnership and NOVA to host a free financial planning workshop on May 4 from 8 to 10 a.m. The workshop will provide information on business lending and financial planning to assist in growing a business. For more information or to register, contact Maria Rodriguez , 408-730-7607, or visit EconDev.inSunnyvale.com.