Caption: John and Charles walking precincts recently.
What a difference walking precincts has been this last week or two from earlier in the year and in 2016. Many more people recognize me and tell me they are have already voted for me or are committed to doing so. People ask for lawn signs. It is so much easier than earlier when many voters were not as interested. We are visiting precincts now which we first visited when we started precinct walking back in June for a 2nd pass. It inspires me that we are going to win.
The Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters (SCCLCV) endorsed me for Sunnyvale City Council Seat 3 today. It is great to have their endorsement again. If you trying to find out who will work to protect our environment if elected, look for the SCCLCV endorsement.
I went up to San Francisco on Feb 28th to speak at the EPA hearing to 'Repeal the Clean Power Plan'. I spoke against the repeal because the Clean Power Plan is the best federal program to reduce CO2 emissions from electrical power plants across the US. No one who spoke was in favor of the repeal. Below is a 30 video I recorded while I was there.
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