Only 21 more campaigning days til the election. Alll mail-in voters should have their ballots. I got mine yesterday. Going forward most of my time and effort will be focused on walking precincts. The SNAIL & Lakewood Village neighborhood candidate forum was Oct 12th. Yesterday, Oct 18th, was Sunnyvale Rotary Luncheon candidate forum. There are no other public forums or debates planned, although there will plenty of public events.
Today Oct 19th is the groundbreaking for renovations to the Downtown project. Great to see the downtown moving toward completion again.
Thursday, Oct 20th, I'll be casing my vote as a Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Commissioner on our commission's recommendation to city council about the Land Use and Transportation Element (LUTE) of Sunnyvale's General plan. This is an important document because it basically set the job and housing growth limits in Sunnyvale for the next 20 years.
If you haven't been able to make any of the prior meetings about Sunnyvale's LUTE (land use and transportation element), city staff is presenting the LUTE to the Bicycle and Pedestrian advisory commission Thursday Oct 20th @ 6:30 PM @ the west conference room,city hall, 456 W. Olive ave. BPAC commissioners will be voting on the BPAC's recommendation wrt to the LUTE, which will be forwarded to city council. Please come and make a pitch for changes you recommend to the LUTE.
Here is a link to the agenda items
City of Sunnyvale - File #: 16-0973 https://sunnyvaleca.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2861537&GUID=3A4CE089-DAAD-45EC-945F-C63BB342E463
Please keep talking up my campaign with friends and neighbors in Sunnyvale. It's CRUNCH time.
The League of Women Voters held a forum for the Seat 4 candidates on Oct 3rd. Here is the link to the video.
The other candidates in my race are Mike McCarthy and Larry Klein. There are clear policy differences as you will see if you watch the video.
Mike who decided to run because of space rent increases in the Plaza Del Ray mobile home park where he lives. Mike and I both agree that Sunnyvale needs to pass rent stabilization to protect the park tenants from unaffordable space rental increases. The mobile home parks are an important part of the affordable housing stock in Sunnyvale, but currently there is no rules which prevent the landlord from increasing rents as fast and has high as they choose to maximize their profits. Many of the park residents are on fixed income, are seniors who would have a difficult time moving, or both. Many of them bought their homes in the parks with plans to live out the rest of their lives in there and want to stay in Sunnyvale.
Larry won the special election in Aug so he is now the incumbent in Seat 4. Larry and I are both progressive democrats who agree on many issues, but I am pushing for different priorities and solutions. I am more aggressive in wanting to slow and reverse the decline in our quality of life being caused by rapid and poorly planned development. Larry is endorsed and has accepted donations from SunPac, the Sunnyvale business Political Action Committee, which includes many of the developers.
I had a wonderful time at the Stevens Creek Neighborhood Assoc. National Night Out on Saturday Aug 13th. . They had booths from Santa Clara master gardeners and California Native Plant society, a small petting zone and games and prizes. A fun time. There was a drawing for an adult scavenger hunt ( meet a new neighbor, learn a few things about them and submit your answers for a chance to win a prize) and the children did a couple of relay races. They also collected donations of diapers and toilet paper for Sunnyvale Community Services (SCS). The pile of diapers and TP probably included 50 donations, which is just great.
I submitted my Nov 8th Ballot statement this morning. Candidate's statement in the ballots limited to 200 words. I hope you find mine compelling. Thanks very much to everyone who helped gather the 250+ signatures to get my ballot statement into the Nov 8th Ballot.
I am running for City Council to make Sunnyvale a more sustainable and enjoyable city. Traffic is the prominent concern of Sunnyvale citizens and a major source of greenhouse gases and air pollution and these need to be reduced. Rapid development needs to be slowed and better managed. We’re having affordable housing challenges in Sunnyvale. We need to protect residents in mobile home parks and apartments with rent stabilization policies. We need to provide more transit friendly affordable housing to support our diverse community, including teachers, seniors and others on limited income.
These problems can be tackled by increasing development fees and using the additional funds to increase affordable housing and improve transit options including free shuttles, better bicycle and pedestrian options and safer routes to schools.
I’m an engaged community leader. I chaired SNAIL Neighborhood Association 2013-2015 so I know how to listen to residents. I am a 20 year Sunnyvale resident, married to a teacher. I worked 28 years in semiconductor industry as an engineer and manager. I am the sole candidate endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters because of my proven record as an environmental advocate. Learn more about me at www.john4sunnyvale.org
Just finished filing with the city clerk for the Nov 8th general election. Thank you very much to everyone who helped gather 'signature-in-lieu' signatures. We need 250 valid signatures and gathered 294. Special thanks to Ardys and all the folks in the mobile home parks who contributed about 100 signatures.
There have been two supportive letters in the San Jose Mercury news in the last two day. If you want to support my campaign, please consider writing to either the San Jose Mercury or the Sunnyvale Sun.
July 27th Letter by Terry Trumbull
Sunnyvale will benefit from electing Cordes
The League of Conservation Voters is proud to endorse John Cordes for election to the Sunnyvale City Council in August. Personally, it has been my honor to see John’s work for the past 20 years to make Sunnyvale a better place for its residents to live. John has worked to reduce traffic and to make the city more sustainable. As an engineer and long time environmental leader, John Cordes is the best candidate for Sunnyvale’s council.
Terry A. Trumbull
Endorsement Chair Santa Clara County Chapter League of Conservation Voters
July 26th Letter by Diane Gleason www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_30168230/july-26-readers-letters
Cordes is best choice for Sunnyvale council
One of the many reasons John Cordes is the best choice for Sunnyvale City Council Seat 4 is because he wants the city to actively protect low income residents. Sunnyvale clearly has an affordable housing crisis. Mountain View and San Mateo, among other cities, have ballot measures this fall for rent stabilization. Sunnyvale has no protection for these residents against rapid rent increases. As a council member, John would advocate for rent stabilization for both mobile home parks and some apartments, pushing the city to take action. Please vote for John Cordes in the Sunnyvale special election.
On AUg 14th, The Sunnyale Rotary held a candidates forum for the 3 people competing in the Aug 16th special election. Here are some of the highlights about John
Please join us this Saturday June 25th to learn why you should vote for John Cordes in the Aug 16th Sunnyvale City Council Seat 4 Special Election.
Click HERE to RSVP.
Victoria Armigo, one of John's supporters is hosting this 'Meet and Greet' for John this Saturday June 25th from 4:30-5:30 with cool drinks and yummy snacks at her home next to Ponderosa Park.
John is running to reduce traffic and create a more sustainable Sunnyvale. He will work to reduce homelessness and create more affordable housing. John has the sole endorsement of Santa Clara League of Conservation voters so you trust him to work to make Sunnyvale greener.
There are less than three weeks left until ballots get mailed on July 18th!. Now would be a great time to connect with John and learn more about this important race and how you can make a difference for a greener Sunnyvale!
Do you support this campaign? Yes No Undecided
Thanks for listening & I hope to see you soon!
Victoria and Tim
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The draft PPSP (Peery Park Specific Plan is ready for input. The Draft Environmental Impact Report and Public Review Draft Specific Plan are available for public review and comment from Friday, April 29, 2016 to Monday, June 13, 2016 at 5 p.m.
The documents are available digitally below and hard copies are available for review in person at City Hall (One Stop counter), at the Sunnyvale Public Library and at the Sunnyvale Community Center.
Written comments on the documents must be submitted to the Planning Division by Monday, June 13, 2016 at 5 p.m. to be incorporated into the Response to Comments for the Final EIR.
Written comments can be submitted to Amber Blizinski or by mail to City Hall at the address shown in the Notice of Availability document below.
In addition, a Planning Commission hearing will be held to take oral comments on the Draft EIR on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Here is the website for the project
It was a long night at the May 9th Planning Commission meeting and many items. There was strong passion and many speakers both for and against the proposed Butcher's Corner development. Here is the official description of the project. File #: 2014-7373 Location: 871 E. Fremont Ave. (Butcher Property) Zoning: R-3/ECR (Medium Density Residential/Precise Plan for El Camino Real) Proposed Project: PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT for a mixed-use project on a 5.1-acre site, consisting of 153 residential units and 6,936 square feet of office/retail use. Project Planner: Noren Caliva-Lepe (408) 730-7659, email@example.com
There were many people who spoke against the project because of concerns about its impacts, primarily traffic. There were also many speakers in favor of the project because they think Sunnyvale desperately needs more housing. Residents have until May 23rd to submit their inputs to the Project Planner: Noren Caliva-Lepe (408) 730-7659, firstname.lastname@example.org. Nothing was decided at the meeting on this topic. It's purpose was to collect input before creating the final EIR.
Here is the link to the reports:http://sunnyvale.ca.gov/Departments/CommunityDevelopment/CurrentProjectsandStudies/ButchersCorner.aspx