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.