Fiscal Year 2017/18 Recommended Budget Available Online May 10 – The City Manager's Recommended Budget for FY 2017/18 will be available online Wednesday, May 10. It can be found at Budget.inSunnyvale.com. Key dates for the budget adoption process include:

  • May 19 – Budget Workshop for City Council to review the recommended budget in detail.
  • June 6 – Public Hearing on the recommended budget.
  • June 20 – Adoption of the FY 2017/18 Budget.

The Budget Workshop will be held in the Council Chambers beginning at 8:30 a.m. The public hearing and budget adoption will take place during regularly scheduled City Council meetings. For more information contact Kenn Lee, Assistant Director of Finance.

Informational Meetings for Fire Prevention and Hazardous Materials Fee Increases – The City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 6, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers to review proposed increases to Fire Prevention and Hazardous Materials permit and inspection fees, including apartment, hotel and motel inspection fees. The fee adjustments being considered will become effective July 1 and can be viewed at Fireprevention.inSunnyvale.com. You are invited to attend any one of three informational meetings to find out more about the proposed changes and ask questions prior to the hearing. The informational meetings will be held in the West Conference Room, City Hall, 456 W. Olive Ave.:

  • Tuesday, May 16, 11 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesday, May 17, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 18, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information or to RSVP for the meetings, email Fire Prevention or contact Lynne M. Kilpatrick, Fire Marshal, at 408-730-7219.

Demolition of Former Bubbles Car Wash Site at 696 W. El Camino Real at Hollenbeck – Demolition is nearly completed and construction is expected to commence soon. The site was approved in March 2013 for redevelopment by the Planning Commission for a one-story 9,836 square foot retail and office building. Building Permits were issued earlier this year. No potential tenants have been identified at this time. For more information, contact Ryan Kuchenig, 408-730-7431.

Public Safety Participates in Leadership Sunnyvale Graduation – On Saturday, May 13, members of the Department of Public Safety will participate in the Leadership Sunnyvale Class of 2017 graduation. This is the 31st graduating class from the program, whose mission is to develop and empower individuals from the diverse Sunnyvale community to become effective leaders by strengthening their leadership skills and raising their community awareness. Previous graduates from Leadership Sunnyvale have contributed to the community in significant ways: they have served on local commissions and boards; been elected to the offices of the City Council and served as mayor; and worked with local nonprofits. To support Leadership Sunnyvale, or for information on how to become a part of this exciting program, visit Leadership Sunnyvale.

National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week April 9 to 15 – Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as Public Safety Telecommunicators throughout the United States. This year, Public Safety recognized Senior Public Safety Dispatcher Gerald McKoy and Public Safety Dispatcher Paola Dunson as the department's Dispatchers of the Year. Gerald voluntarily took responsibility for scheduling Communications Unit personnel, a complicated and often thankless task. Paola exhibits an exceptionally high standard of radio dispatching skills, with emphasis on accuracy and responder safety. For further information, contact Public Safety Communications Manager Michael Spath, 408-730-7165.

NOVA Director Presents at Milken Institute Global Conference – NOVA Director Kris Stadelman was invited to attend the Milken Institute Global Conference from April 29 to May 3 in Los Angeles. The purpose of this annual event is to convene diverse leaders to tackle the world's most pressing issues. The Director participated on a panel titled, Not Working: Solutions to America's Underemployment Crisis that was moderated by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times and included panelists Rev. Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries, Alan Krueger of Princeton University, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., and Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Other guest presenters at the conference included: former President George W. Bush; former Vice President Joe Biden; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; and David Solomon of Goldman Sachs; among others. For more information about the event, visit the Milken Institute.

NOVA in the News – On the April 19 NBC Bay Area newscast the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a grant award to NOVA. This announcement refers to the second installment of a $3.2 million National Dislocated Worker Grant that NOVA was awarded last year.

NOVA Workforce Review – On a monthly basis, NOVA produces the Workforce Review report that aggregates data from the State jobs report for the NOVA consortium. The April edition includes an article about the affordable housing crisis and that the challenge facing Silicon Valley tech companies is more about the shortage of workers who can afford to live here than the skills gaps that require H-1B visas. The unemployment rate for the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Metropolitan Statistical Area was 3.6 percent in March, unchanged from February; the state unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in March, down from 5.2 percent in February; and Sunnyvale's unemployment rate was 3.1 percent in March, unchanged from February. The state jobs report for April will be released on May 19.

Safe Routes to School – The City is committed to enhancing pedestrian crossings around neighborhood schools. In the summer of 2014, the City was awarded Safe Routes to School grants from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program and One Bay Area Grant to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in neighborhoods around schools. Approximately 83 intersections have been identified as requiring improvements. An approved capital improvement project scheduled for this summer includes: construction of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant accessibility enhancements; installation of traffic calming measures, pavement markings, wayfinding signage; and seeks to reduce the amount of car traffic. This project will provide children, as well as other pedestrians and bicyclists, a safer and more convenient way to cross multiple-lane streets with fast moving traffic. The new safe crossings will also invite more students to use the calm route, and allow them to avoid the heavier traffic.

State Revolving Fund Agreement Executed in the Amount of $127 Million for Headworks and Primary Treatment Facilities at the Water Pollution Control Plant – The City has recently executed an agreement with the California State Water Resources Control Board to receive $127,068,522 in funding from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF). The funding provided by the SRF includes an interest rate of 1.7 percent and includes $4 million in principal loan forgiveness. The rate of 1.7 percent is lower than traditional bonds (typically 3 percent or higher) the City receives and will provide potential savings in financing costs of approximately $20 million over the 30-year repayment period. Reimbursement requests can be retroactively provided for as of Dec. 9, 2016. The funding will provide for projects associated with the Headworks and Primary Treatment Facilities, which takes the raw sewage from the conveyance pipelines and removes solids and sediments before the secondary treatment process. These projects are associated with the Sunnyvale Clean Water Program, a long-term capital improvement plan developed by the City to renovate our aging wastewater treatment infrastructure through a series of projects and upgrades over the next 20 years, making it the largest capital improvement project in the City's history. The upgrades will ensure operational reliability for generations to come, and, by taking advantage of the latest treatment technology, will meet new and future regulatory requirements. Visit Sunnyvale Clean Water Program for additional information.

Grant Applications Submitted for Vehicle Emissions Reductions Based at Schools (VERBS) Program – The City has prepared and submitted two separate project applications for a total amount of $2.42 million to Valley Transportation Authority for the VERBS program. VERBS is exclusively funded by the federal Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) program. Given the intent of the CMAQ program VERBS include infrastructure projects that facilitate reduction in vehicular travel to and from school. The projects will be selected through a competitive process and if awarded, will fund the following two projects:

  • Homestead Road (at Homestead High) Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements Project – This is a joint project with Sunnyvale, Cupertino and the Fremont Unified High School District. The project will upgrade traffic signals at the intersections of Homestead Road / Mary Avenue, and Homestead Road / Kennewick Drive to make them pedestrian and bicycle friendly. The project will also install ADA accessible audible countdown type of interactive pedestrian signals along with high visibility crosswalks and green buffered bike lanes at conflict areas. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1.265 million and will require a local match of 21 percent which will be split 50/50 between the two cities.
  • Safe Routes to Schools Project – The project will facilitate and improve safety for students walking and biking to schools in Sunnyvale by enhancing and modifying signage, striping, and installing ADA compliant curb ramps at approximately 34 locations throughout the City. The project will also install Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) system at five locations along various school routes. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1.163 million, and will require a local match of 21 percent.

Sunnyvale Golf Course Restaurant is Now Open – Barrel 19 Bistro and Bar, the new restaurant and bar located at the Sunnyvale Golf Course (605 Macara Ave.), officially opened on Friday, April 21. The restaurant offers California cuisine and uses local, sustainable ingredients wherever possible. The newly renovated restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and happy hour. Barrel 19 also offers Starbuck’s coffee, specialty drinks and gourmet pastries. For menu and hours, visit Barrel 19 Bistro and Bar or call 408-481-9681.

Transportation Demand Guidelines (TDM) – At the meeting of April 11 City Council Meeting, Council requested a copy of the Transportation Demand Management guidelines.

Sunnyvale Receives Certificate of Achievement for Comprehensive Annual Financial Report – The City received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2016. This represents the 31st consecutive year receiving this award and reflects the hard work and dedication of our Finance Department Accounting Division. For more information contact Kenn Lee, Assistant Director of Finance.

INFORMATIONAL MEMOS

Right Size, Right Service (RS2) Effort Underway – In a cooperative effort among Environmental Services, Finance, and Specialty Solid Waste & Recycling, the City has launched the Right-Size/Right-Service initiative citywide. See the following informational memos:

UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Final Public Hearing on Draft 2017/18 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Action Plan – Tuesday, May 9, at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers, 456 W. Olive Ave. The City Council will hold a public hearing before considering approval of the Draft 2017/18 Action Plan. The Action Plan describes what the City plans to do with two federal grants it expects to receive in FY 2017/18 – the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investments Partnership Program grant. These grants can be used for a variety of affordable housing and community development programs and projects. This hearing will not include consideration of the proposals for human services grants from the General Fund, which will be considered at the June 6 and June 20 City Council Meetings. For more information, contact the Housing Division, 408-730-7250, or visit Housing.

Outreach Meeting for 250-unit Apartment Project at 1139 Karlstad Drive – Thursday, May 11, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Sunnyvale International Church, 521 E. Weddell Dr. Representatives from the Sobrato Organization are holding an outreach meeting to introduce their proposal to construct a four-story, 250-unit residential apartment project (with a level of underground parking) at 1139 Karlstad Drive. The existing industrial building would be demolished. The project site is located in the Tasman Crossing ITR (Industrial to Residential) area. The project qualifies for a State affordable housing density bonus (20 units affordable to very-low income households are proposed) and a Green Building density bonus. The application is subject to Planning Commission action, anticipated for summer 2017. For more information, contact George Schroeder, 408-730-7443.

Affordable Housing Week Tour Stop in Sunnyvale – The Silicon Valley Leadership Group will host the 2017 Housing Tour on Saturday, May 13, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as part of the annual Santa Clara County Affordable Housing Week. The tour is held to invite public officials, community leaders, developers, housing community stakeholders, and residents to learn more about quality housing projects in Santa Clara County. The 2017 Tour will feature the cities of Mountain View, Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale. The final stop of the tour will be in Sunnyvale at MidPen Housing's Onizuka Crossing with lunch provided and a panel discussion with local stakeholders from the housing community, including Sunnyvale Vice Mayor Larsson. Sign up at 2017 Housing Tour.

Fair Oaks Avenue Bikeways and Streetscape Project Report to Council – Tuesday, June 6, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 456 W. Olive Ave. At this meeting, the City will present the design alternatives to provide a bike facility along Fair Oaks Avenue from Old San Francisco Road to Ahwanee Avenue. Recommendation on a design alternative will be presented to the City Council for approval. For more information, contact the Public Works Engineering Division, 408-730-7605.

May is Teen Self Esteem Awareness Month – The Mayor will be declaring May as Teen Self Esteem Awareness Month at the Tuesday, May 9, City Council meeting. The Department of Library and Community Services is partnering with the Teen Advisory Committee (TAC) to launch a social media campaign to assist families in identifying resources for teens. These resources will be posted to TAC's Facebook page throughout the month of May. For more information, contact Michael Muse, Community Services Manager, at 408-730-7370.

Choosing the Right Senior Care – On Tuesday, May 9, 7 to 8 p.m. at the Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W. Olive Ave., learn about senior care options and the pros and cons of each to make an informed decision. The Bay Area average monthly cost will also be shared along with strategies to fund each option. Lastly, learn best practices for a successful transition into senior living. Presented by members of the Financial Planners Association.

Empathetic Communication – On Saturday, May 13, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Sunnyvale Public Library Fiction Room, 665 W. Olive Ave. Empathetic communication skills can help you better understand others and help them understand you as well. Join Bento Leal, certified Marriage and Relationship Educator, as he discusses how empathetic awareness, communication, listening and speaking skills lead to more successful relationships.

32nd Annual Hands on the Arts Festival – On Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Center, 550 E. Remington Drive, the City will host its annual Hands on the Arts festival where participants (recommended for children ages 2 to 12) will experience more than 30 different hands-on art projects and workshops. Come and enjoy family-friendly entertainment all day on the outdoor stage. Local restaurants and community groups will provide food and refreshments for sale. Wristbands are available to purchase for $10 for participating children and adults and non-participating children are free. Wristband purchase includes all art projects and supplies and a souvenir tote bag to carry home all your child's creations. For more information or to purchase wristbands in advance, visit HandsontheArts.inSunnyvale.com.