Accessory Dwelling Unit Resource Fair

Residents interested in adding an ADU or “Granny Flat” to their existing Single Family Homes are invited to join Housing Trust Silicon Valley’s upcoming ADU Resource Fair. An ADU is an Accessory Dwelling Unit added to a plot with a single-family home. Regulations for ADUs have been liberalized in recent years, to address the statewide housing shortage, and more reforms are in process.

Housing Trust Silicon Valley’ s Small Homes, Big Impact program invites homeowners for this opportunity to discuss your ADU project with builders, design professionals, consultants, lenders, insurance agents and city staff. You will be able to recieve information and make connections to services and information to start and finish your ADU project.

Sat, August 17, 2019
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM PDT
Orchard Pavilion, Sunnyvale Senior Center
550 East Remington Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Free Registration

Walking and Biking Tours for Sunnyvale’s Active Transportation Plan

The city is engaged in a year-long Active Transportation Plan to address the needs of bicycle riders, walkers, and children who need Safe Routes to Schools. A series of walking and biking tours have been announced:

Crosstown Biking Tour
When: Saturday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Plaza Del Sol, 200 W. Evelyn Ave. (at the corner of Evelyn Ave. and Francis St.)

El Camino Walking Tour 
When: Tuesday, Aug. 6, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Peterson Middle School, 1380 Rosalia Ave. (Parking lot at Rosalia Ave.)

Moffett Park Biking Tour 
When: Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Where: Columbia Park, 739 Morse Ave. (Parking lot at Morse Ave.)

Fair Oaks Park Walking Tour 
When: Friday, Aug 9, 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Fair Oaks Park, 540 N. Fair Oaks Ave. (Parking lot at corner of E. Maude Ave.)

Interested residents are asked to RSVP.

Community Workshops will be scheduled in October and January.

City to Consider District Elections

On September 5, the City Council will convene a special meeting, in order to set direction regarding public outreach and to potentially put a charter amendment on the 2020 ballot to change how the City Council gets elected.

The City Council is currently composed of seven seats, selected “at large” by voters from across the city. The City Council elects council members to serve as a Mayor and a Vice Mayor. This is fairly typical for California cities. One concern is that the at-large system dilutes minority votes, leaving minority leaders at a disadvantage at the ballot box.

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A view of race and density in Sunnyvale grabbed from The Racial Dot Map

This has led to lawsuits across the state, most notably in Santa Clara, which, until this year, had a system like the one we have in Sunnyvale. In July, Santa Clara lost a court case brought by the South Asian Law Alliance and was ordered to shift to a district-based system. This November, Santa Clara voters will elect representatives from their six districts, and a mayor will be elected in a city-wide election.

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Santa Clara’s Six Districts

City staff has prepared an in-depth report, detailing the scope of the challenge that Sunnyvale faces in terms of minority representation. The city’s population is 14% Latino and 33% Asian. Our voter turnout sees 11% of voters with Spanish surnames and 21% turnout for Asian surnames. Sunnyvale’s demographics are similar to Santa Clara.

Over the years, Sunnyvale has had City Council candidates and Councilmembers that identify as a minority race or ethnicity.

  • In 2013, Magana ran for City Council and lost to Hendricks.
  • In 2011, Chang lost to Meyering; and Pan lost to Milius.
  • In 2009 and 2003, Flores lost to Moylan and Swegles, respectively.
  • In 2003, Chu won but was not reelected in 2007, when he lost to Whittum.
  • Lee won in 2003 and served a term as mayor. Lee was not challenged in 2007 and served another term.

City Staff is recommending a period of public outreach through Spring 2019. Next summer, Council should decide on a ballot measure for the 2020 general election. Assuming the charter amendment is approved by voters, districts would be set up in 2021 based on the 2020 census, with Sunnyvale’s first district elections in 2022.

Sunnyvale Events Calendar: December 7, 2017

Saturday, December 9: Breakfast with Santa

Kick off the season with holiday cheer, fun crafts and a delicious breakfast. Bring your camera or pay $5 for a photo. Live performances by The Singing Children and The Entertainers Choir. Bring nonperishable items to our food drive for home-bound seniors.

Admission: $5 per ticket, $7.50 per ticket after Friday, Dec. 1
For tickets visit the Senior Center front desk or call 408-730-7360.

Saturday, December 9
Seating at 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Senior Center Orchard Pavilion
550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale

Tuesday, December 12: Help Sunnyvale Middle School Safe Routes to School

Volunteers are needed on Tuesday, December 12, from 7:45 – 8:30 am to witness 6 busy routes to Sunnyvale Middle School for a Safe Routes to School walking and biking assessment. Please, sign-up at this link http://signup.com/go/PNAenUh that also includes more details on the routes and schedule. So far, the weather is expected to be sunny and cool.

A brief orientation will be provided at the school entrance. Then we’ll walk to designated areas and record information about walkability, bikeability, safety concerns and motorist behavior. Information collected will be used to address safety concerns and create a map for SMS showing the Safe Routes to School. The City of Sunnyvale will create the map, and it will be reviewed by the SMS Safe Routes to School Team.

Tuesday, December 12, 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Sunnyvale Middle School
1080 Mango Ave, Sunnyvale
Registration: http://signup.com/go/PNAenUh
Contact: kristel@timetodream.com

Wednesday, December 13: Poetry in the Dark

A night of conversation in verse. Let’s turn off the lights and recite poetry to each other! Please bring inside you a poem you have memorized.

Wednesday, December 13, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Public Library
665 W Oliva Ave, Sunnyvale

Thursday, December 14: Candlelight Vigil for Sandy Hook

December 14 is the fifth anniversary of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Families and friends of the 20 children and 6 teachers have asked for nationwide vigils.

Thursday, December 14
Mathilda and El Camino, Sunnyvale, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Castro and El Camino, Mountain View, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Main and State, Los Altos, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Contact: SVCRGunSanity@gmail.com

December 15-16: 2017 Holiday Pottery Sale

Pick up a unique, handcrafted ceramic for yourself or a loved one. Free admission with plenty of parking. Sunnyvale Pottery Studio instructor Hsin Chuen Lin will be holding a pottery demonstration at the sale with the date and time to be determined. Part of sale proceeds will go towards supporting the Sunnyvale studio.

December 15-16, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Community Center Park
550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale

Saturday, December 16: An Evening with Andy Weir

Andy Weir, the author of last year’s hit novel, The Martian, is coming to Sunnyvale to discusses his new novel, Artemis. Seating is limited, admission will be on a first-come, first-served. Seats may not be saved or reserved. Doors will open at 4:15 p.m. and the event will run until 6:00 p.m. with a book signing to follow. Bring your own copy of The Martian or Artemis to be signed by the author. Copies of Artemis will be  available for purchase on-site by Leigh’s Favorite Books. Ample parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Theatre.

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Theatre
550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale
Contact: 408-730-2772 or 408-730-7302

Sunday, December 18: Blue Hawaiian Party

Sunnyvale Democrats are holding their annual holiday potluck. The theme is “Ride the Blue Wave to Victory.” If you can help or would like to ask what to bring, please contact Hospitality Chairperson Marge Goka at teardropowner@gmail.com.

Sunday, December 18, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Fairbrae Swim Club
696 Sheraton Drive, Sunnyvale

December 18-22: LEGO Materials Mini-Camp

Looking for something for your child to participate in during the holiday break? Sign them up for the Intro to STEM with LEGO materials Mini Camp. Campers will build, engineer and design projects such as boats, snowmobiles, catapults, merry-go-rounds and much more.

December 18-22, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Braly Park
704 Daffodil Ct, Sunnyvale
Ages: 6 – 11 years
Fee: $145 for residents, $185 for non-residents
Contact: 408-730-7350
Online Registration: https://recreationclasses.insunnyvale.org/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html — activity 321360

December 18-20: Coding for Kids Workshop

Sunnyvale youth are invited to learn beginner coding skills and design a game at this workshop led by high school student volunteers from MathAndCoding.org. The camp is free and will take place at Columbia Middle School. Pre-approved fee waiver
families have priority registration starting Nov. 28. All other families can register starting Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m.

December 18-20, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Columbia Neighborhood Center (CNC)
785 Morse Ave, Sunnyvale
Ages: 7 – 10 years
Contact: 408-730-7800
Registration: in person at Columbia Neighborhood Center (CNC)
See Also: https://sunnyvale.ca.gov/people/affordability/default.htm to apply for a fee waiver

 

Sunnyvale Events Calendar: December, 2017

NOTE: It has been a busy year for me, but I am trying to get this website back on its feet for 2018. I will try posting upcoming events each Thursday at 2pm. -danny

Saturday, December 2: 18th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

Start the holiday season with the tree lighting ceremony at Downtown Sunnyvale. Entertainment provided by Dance Attack, Columbia Middle School, Homestead High School, Fremont High School, and Santa Claus.

Saturday, December 2, 2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Historic Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale
See Also: http://www.sunnyvaledowntown.com/holiday-tree-lighting.html

Sunday, December 3: Les Artisanes French Boutique and Cafe

Les Artisanes are a local group of independent French designers. Join them to enjoy French creations and gourmet food. Lunch will be hosted by Saveurs Provence.

Sunday, December 3, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fairbrae Swim & Tennis Club
696 Sheraton Dr, Sunnyvale
See Also: https://www.facebook.com/events/127073804622690/

Sunday, December 3: Story Time with Author Arjun Rihan of The Wrong Stripes

Rudy the zebra has a peculiar problem: his stripes zag instead of zig. Unable to fit in with his herd, he sets off on an adventure with the hope of finding someone like himself. On his journey, Rudy discovers a world full of animals with vibrant spots, dazzling points, and other mesmerizing patterns. But will he find what he is looking for?

Sunday, December 3, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Bookasaurus
125 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale

Sunday, December 3: Caltrain Holiday Train

Glowing with thousands of lights and holiday decorations, the Holiday Train will stop at nine train stations over two nights. During the 20-minute station stops, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and the gang will get off the train to greet children and spread holiday cheer. Bring the family to join in the fun, and bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Holiday Train Toy Drive.

The Caltrain Holiday Train will stop in Sunnyvale on Sunday at 7:50 p.m. The Sunnyvale event will feature Sideshow events and a balloon artist. The train will make stops in Mountain View and Santa Clara on Saturday. The Mountain View event will feature the Peninsulaires Barbershop Chorus. The Santa Clara event will feature the Salvation Army Band and an open house event at the South Bay Railroad Historical Society.

See Also: http://www.holiday-train.org/

Tuesday, December 5: El Camino Real Corridor Specific Plan Advisory Committee

The El Camino Real Corridor Specific Plan Advisory Committee (ECRPAC) will hold its sixth meeting to begin discussion on development standards and design guidelines for the ECR corridor. Based on the City Council selected land use alternative and the draft vision statement for the Specific Plan, the project team will provide a presentation on topics including node/district identity, distribution of density/uses along the corridor, and design strategies to ensure minimal impact on adjacent properties. Feedback from the ECRPAC will allow the project team to further refine these concepts for review by the ECRPAC at a future meeting.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Senior Center (Laurel Room)
550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale
See Also: http://plansunnyvaleecr.m-group.us/

Wednesday, December 6: FREE Workshop – Slash Your Energy Bills this Winter!

Green@Home is a program sponsored by the City of Sunnyvale and offered by Acterra, a local non-profit.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunnyvale City Hall – Council Chambers
456 West Olive Avenue
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/acterra-greenhome-in-sunnyvale-1503379603

Saturday, December 9: Breakfast with Santa

Kick off the season with holiday cheer, fun crafts and a delicious breakfast. Bring your camera or pay $5 for a photo. Live performances by The Singing Children and The Entertainers Choir. Bring nonperishable items to our food drive for home-bound seniors.

Admission: $5 per ticket, $7.50 per ticket after Friday, Dec. 1
For tickets visit the Senior Center front desk or call 408-730-7360.

Saturday, December 9
Seating at 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Senior Center Orchard Pavilion
550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale

December 15-16: 2017 Holiday Pottery Sale

Pick up a unique, handcrafted ceramic for yourself or a loved one. Free admission with plenty of parking. Sunnyvale Pottery Studio instructor Hsin Chuen Lin will be holding a pottery demonstration at the sale with the date and time to be determined. Part of sale proceeds will go towards supporting the Sunnyvale studio.

December 15-16, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Community Center Park
550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale

Saturday, December 16: An Evening with Andy Weir

Andy Weir, the author of last year’s hit novel, The Martian, is coming to Sunnyvale to discusses his new novel, Artemis. Seating is limited, admission will be on a first-come, first-served. Seats may not be saved or reserved. Doors will open at 4:15 p.m. and the event will run until 6:00 p.m. with a book signing to follow. Bring your own copy of The Martian or Artemis to be signed by the author. Copies of Artemis will be  available for purchase on-site by Leigh’s Favorite Books. Ample parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Theatre.

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Theatre
550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale
Contact: 408-730-2772 or 408-730-7302

Sunday, December 18: Blue Hawaiian Party

Sunnyvale Democrats are holding their annual holiday potluck. The theme is “Ride the Blue Wave to Victory.” If you can help or would like to ask what to bring, please contact Hospitality Chairperson Marge Goka at teardropowner@gmail.com.

Sunday, December 18, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Fairbrae Swim Club
696 Sheraton Drive, Sunnyvale

Upcoming Events

NOTE: It has been a busy year for me, but I am trying to get this website back on its feet for 2018. I will try posting upcoming events each Thursday at 2pm. -danny

Saturday, November 25: Rides-for-Toys

The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety invites kids to ride on a real Sunnyvale fire engine on Saturday, Nov. 25th between 10 a.m. and 1:30 pm, with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy. The annual “Rides for Toys” event supports needy kids in town during the holiday season.

Suggested retail value of each donation: $25. Cash donations also accepted.

Saturday, November 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Toys-R-Us Parking Lot
130 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
See Also: http://svcommunityservices.org/

Saturday, December 2: 18th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

Start the holiday season with the tree lighting ceremony at Downtown Sunnyvale. Entertainment provided by Dance Attack, Columbia Middle School, Homestead High School, Fremont High School, and Santa Claus.

Saturday, December 2, 2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Historic Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale
See Also: http://www.sunnyvaledowntown.com/holiday-tree-lighting.html

Sunday, December 3: Les Artisanes French Boutique and Cafe

Les Artisanes are a local group of independent French designers. Join them to enjoy French creations and gourmet food. Lunch will be hosted by Saveurs Provence.

Sunday, December 3, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fairbrae Swim & Tennis Club
696 Sheraton Dr, Sunnyvale
See Also: https://www.facebook.com/events/127073804622690/

Sunday, December 3: Story Time with Author Arjun Rihan of The Wrong Stripes

Rudy the zebra has a peculiar problem: his stripes zag instead of zig. Unable to fit in with his herd, he sets off on an adventure with the hope of finding someone like himself. On his journey, Rudy discovers a world full of animals with vibrant spots, dazzling points, and other mesmerizing patterns. But will he find what he is looking for?

Sunday, December 3, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Bookasaurus
125 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale

Sunday, December 3: Caltrain Holiday Train

Glowing with thousands of lights and holiday decorations, the Holiday Train will stop at nine train stations over two nights. During the 20-minute station stops, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and the gang will get off the train to greet children and spread holiday cheer. Bring the family to join in the fun, and bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Holiday Train Toy Drive.

The Caltrain Holiday Train will stop in Sunnyvale on Sunday at 7:50 p.m. The Sunnyvale event will feature Sideshow events and a balloon artist. The train will make stops in Mountain View and Santa Clara on Saturday. The Mountain View event will feature the Peninsulaires Barbershop Chorus. The Santa Clara event will feature the Salvation Army Band and an open house event at the South Bay Railroad Historical Society.

See Also: http://www.holiday-train.org/

Tuesday, December 5: El Camino Real Corridor Specific Plan Advisory Committee

The El Camino Real Corridor Specific Plan Advisory Committee (ECRPAC) will hold its sixth meeting to begin discussion on development standards and design guidelines for the ECR corridor. Based on the City Council selected land use alternative and the draft vision statement for the Specific Plan, the project team will provide a presentation on topics including node/district identity, distribution of density/uses along the corridor, and design strategies to ensure minimal impact on adjacent properties. Feedback from the ECRPAC will allow the project team to further refine these concepts for review by the ECRPAC at a future meeting.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Senior Center (Laurel Room)
550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale
See Also: http://plansunnyvaleecr.m-group.us/

Wednesday, December 6: FREE Workshop – Slash Your Energy Bills this Winter!

Green@Home is a program sponsored by the City of Sunnyvale and offered by Acterra, a local non-profit.

December 6, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunnyvale City Hall – Council Chambers
456 West Olive Avenue
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/acterra-greenhome-in-sunnyvale-1503379603

Saturday, December 9: Breakfast with Santa

Kick off the season with holiday cheer, fun crafts and a delicious breakfast. Bring your camera or pay $5 for a photo. Live performances by The Singing Children and The Entertainers Choir. Bring nonperishable items to our food drive for home-bound seniors.

Admission: $5 per ticket, $7.50 per ticket after Friday, Dec. 1
For tickets visit the Senior Center front desk or call 408-730-7360.

Saturday, December 9
Seating at 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Senior Center Orchard Pavilion
550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale

December 15-16: 2017 Holiday Pottery Sale

Pick up a unique, handcrafted ceramic for yourself or a loved one. Free admission with plenty of parking. Sunnyvale Pottery Studio instructor Hsin Chuen Lin will be holding a pottery demonstration at the sale with the date and time to be determined. Part of sale proceeds will go towards supporting the Sunnyvale studio.

December 15-16, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Community Center Park
550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale

Saturday, December 16: An Evening with Andy Weir

Andy Weir, the author of last year’s hit novel, The Martian, is coming to Sunnyvale to discusses his new novel, Artemis. Seating is limited, admission will be on a first-come, first-served. Seats may not be saved or reserved. Doors will open at 4:15 p.m. and the event will run until 6:00 p.m. with a book signing to follow. Bring your own copy of The Martian or Artemis to be signed by the author. Copies of Artemis will be  available for purchase on-site by Leigh’s Favorite Books. Ample parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Theatre.

December 16, 2017, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Theatre
550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale
Contact: 408-730-2772 or 408-730-7302

Caltrain Grade Separation Community Meetings: August 10, 24

(Via Ria Hutabarat Lo, PhD, Sunnyvale Transportation and Traffic Manager)

There are two upcoming community meetings regarding the Caltrain Grade Separation Feasibility Study. This study will assess the feasibility of separating the road and railway at Mary Avenue and Sunnyvale Avenue.

rr-xings

This project is being considered due to safety concerns, congestion delays, pedestrian/bicycle access issues, and noise impacts associated with having active at-grade railway crossings in urbanized communities. Anticipated increases in service frequency along the Caltrain railway line will improve regional access for Sunnyvale commuters but exacerbate concerns associated with railway crossings—if they are not grade separated.

Depending on the selected alternative, the impacts of grade separation could potentially include the following:

  • property acquisitions
  • access modifications
  • temporary road closures

The City of Sunnyvale will hold two community meetings to describe project goals, process, and schedule, and obtain initial community feedback. Each meeting will be tailored to the respective crossing location. Meeting details for each location are as follows:

Mary Avenue Railroad Crossing
6:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday, August 10, 2017
Washington Park Building, 840 W Washington Ave, Sunnyvale
Also: Online Survey

Sunnyvale Avenue Railroad Crossing
6:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday, August 24, 2017
Sunnyvale Library, 665 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale
Also: Online Survey