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.

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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

Sunday: Affordable Housing Community Meeting

Sunday, June 25, the Faith and Action Committee from St. Cyprian are hosting a community meeting to review what is going on with affordable housing. Sunnyvale City Council Officials will be present for this Community Meeting.

Attend this meeting in order to:

  1. Express the need to protect Renters
  2. Learn what is the plan for Housing in the City of Sunnyvale
  3. Share the results of the St. Cyprian Parish Survey focused on Housing
  4. Establish a direct relationship with Sunnyvale City Officials and with allies from our community.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
St. Cyprian’s Parish Hall
1133 W Washington Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

For more information, call 408-442-4190

 

Saturday: LinkedIn Neighborhood Project Preview

(Via Adina Levin)

On Saturday morning, LinkedIn is hosting a project preview/open house for the new LinkedIn buildings at 700 Middlefield Road Mountain View, which in an early stage of the development application process.

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LinkedIn is proposing an open and permeable campus that creates cyclist cut throughs for commuters. LinkedIn will also be sharing their transportation program with attendees so they see the many ways employees get to work using alternatives to single occupancy vehicles.

All are welcome, pre-registration appreciated so they can plan for food.

Saturday, June 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
950 W Maude Ave Sunnyvale
Unity Conference Room, 1st floor

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neighborhood-project-preview-june-17-2017-1000-am-tickets-34585939476

May 31: Learn About Electric Heat Pumps

The City of Sunnyvale and Sunnyvale Sustainability Commission are hosting their first speaker of 2017 on May 31, at 7 pm, in the City Council Chambers.

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Heat Pump Diagram, via Salt River Project

Pierre Delforge of the Natural Resources Defense Council will share why and how to convert to electric heat pumps for water and space heating in homes and businesses. With carbon-free electricity coming to Sunnyvale, switching to electricity instead of natural gas–a fossil fuel–for major heating appliances can save money and protect the climate.

Refreshments served at 6:30 p.m. Event commences at 7:00 p.m. Register for free at Eventbrite.

Pierre Delforge is the Director of Energy Efficiency in the High Tech Sector at the Natural Resources Defense Council. At NRDC, he focuses mainly on reducing the consumption of electricity by the rapidly growing I.T. and consumer electronics sectors. Previously, Delforge was lead energy and climate strategist for Hewlett-Packard’s sustainability group. He began his career in the United Kingdom and France before moving to Silicon Valley in 2004. He holds degrees in computer science from Cambridge University and L’Ecole Centrale Paris. He is based in San Francisco.

This Saturday, May 20: Children’s Arts Festival

HOTA2012-118Hands on the Arts is an all-day children’s art festival, held annually the third Saturday in May. The event features more than 30 workshop booths where children can try their hands at different art forms. Professional artists lead workshops using a wide variety of arts and craft materials and techniques, as well as music and dance. Many of the workshops introduce children to unique art forms from different cultures, such as Indian rangoli, Chinese silk knotting, Japanese brush painting and Mexican folklorico dancing. All supplies are included in the $10 per child admission fee. (Adults and non-participating children are welcome at no charge.)

Who: Recommended for children 2 years and older

What:

  • Access to explore 30+ music, dance and art workshops
  • All arts supplies and artist instruction
  • A Hands on the Arts Festival souvenir bag

When: May 20, 2017 (rain or shine) 10am to 4pm

Where: Sunnyvale Community Center
550 East Remington Dr.
Sunnyvale CA 94087

The 2017 Hands on the Arts Festival, which will be the 32nd annual, will focus on supporting the City’s “STEM to STEAM” initiative. Some of the workshops at the festival will integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics with art, as maker projects.

Wednesday, April 26: The Future of El Camino Real

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ECR Plan Map, City of Sunnyvale

This Wednesday, April 26, the Sunnyvale Sustainable and Affordable Living Coalition, Greenbelt Alliance, Sunnyvale Cool, Sunnyvale Democratic Club, and Friends of Caltrain are hosting a panel discussion, moderated by Tara Martin-Milius, regarding the future of El Camino Real in Sunnyvale.

Questions that will be explored:

  • How can we create great neighborhoods that we can all afford?
  • What can be done to make safer places for walking and biking with smart transportation choices?
  • How will the future of the corridor affect our economy, our environment, and our quality of life?

Panelists include:

Larry Klein, Sunnyvale City Council Member, former Planning Commissioner, a long-time advocate for affordable housing, open space, and walkability. Larry was involved when the Downtown Specific Plan was kicked off more than 15 years ago. He was previously on the Sunnyvale Planning Commission for 9+ years.

Adina Levin, a passionate transit advocate, co-founded Friends of Caltrain and currently serves on the Menlo Park Transportation Commission, the San Mateo County Congestion Management and Environmental Quality Committee, and the Silicon Valley @ Home policy advisory committee.

Kirk Vartan, owner of New York Pizza in Sunnyvale. Kirk is a strong advocate for smart urban design, including transit, housing, and agrihood. He is Co-chair of the Stevens Creek Advisory Group in San Jose, which addresses issues and opportunities that will come with the development of that region’s urban villages.

Marie Bernard, Executive Director of Sunnyvale Community Services since 2010. The mission of Sunnyvale Community Services is to prevent homelessness and hunger in the local community, helping 8,000 people each year with financial aid, food assistance, case management, and bringing together 2,000+ volunteers from public, private, and faith communities.

Jaime Fearer, AICP, Deputy Director in San José, is passionate about where we live and is interested in the critical intersection of equity, public health, and active transportation planning and advocacy. She focuses on California Walks’ partnerships across the state, to positively influence policy that will improve pedestrian safety and walkability. She represents San Jose on the VTA’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Details:

Wednesday, April 26
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Ballroom, Sunnyvale Community Center
550 E. Remington Dr. Sunnyvale, CA 94087

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-sunnyvales-el-camino-real-a-panel-discussion-tickets-33120918559

Sunnyvale ECR Corridor Specific Plan: http://plansunnyvaleecr.m-group.us/

Questions: contact Sue Serrone at sueserrone@comcast.net