I want to improve the quality of life for the residents of Sunnyvale. Open communications with the residents is critical. I’m committed to listening to Sunnyvale residents to understand their concerns and work to solve the issues facing our community. This input is crucial to the vision, judgement and oversight that Council provides.
It is imperative that we finish the Town Center–it is the heart of our community, and its opening will bring crucial sales tax dollars into our General Fund. When I was first on the Planning Commission, I fought hard to improve the original developer’s design. I know the vision that the citizens wanted, and I’m committed to see that vision completed quickly and with quality.
We need to control our growth to match the community’s vision and balance the needs of the neighborhoods with the needs of development. We need Transportation Demand Management Plans for office and residential projects to limit their effect on our city. We need to evaluate height and setbacks for each project to limit their impact on the community.
We need to reduce traffic and enable alternative transportation (walking, biking and public transportation). I support more walkable communities of Mixed Use Zoning, Transportation Demand Management Plans for office and residential development, and walkable public transportation (including a City-wide shuttle).
We must continue to look at ways to alleviate this Bay Area Crisis. I am a longtime affordable housing advocate and understand we need to protect a mixed stock of housing choices for our residents from the homeless to seniors, mobile home park residents, apartment renters, to homeowners. I have plans to add housing without negatively impacting our neighborhoods, and am a proponent add small units and “granny” units.
I was on the Planning Commission when many of our Green Standards were first put in place and have made many proposed improvements over the years. Sunnyvale needs to continue being a regional leader from an environmental and alternative transportation standpoint. I’ve proposed code requirements and plans for more EV Charging Stations in Sunnyvale, utilizing Recycled Water throughout the city and expanding our Bike/Ped Trails in the city.
Sunnyvale’s budget is founded upon a 20 year plan. We must ensure that we are forward thinking and make sure we balance adding resources and infrastructure upgrades with revenue projections. I’ve worked in many small companies over the years, and I understand the need to balance short term needs with longterm goals.