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Why I am running for Re-election to the Sunnyvale City Council, Seat #2

I am running for re-election to keep Sunnyvale a wonderful place. To listen to our residents. To keep people safe. To have awesome quality of life and to ensure we are being good stewards of the environment so our children can have clean air and clean water.

During my first term on City Council, I have twice been unanimously selected by my colleagues to serve as Sunnyvale Mayor and have worked with my colleagues and provided leadership to:

  • Get the downtown project restarted. It is now called CityLine. Construction has resumed, and new residences will be ready for rental by the end of 2018. Retail will be coming soon and our Sunnyvale Downtown will once again have a movie theater.
  • In 2016, Sunnyvale was named the Safest City in America for the third consecutive year.
  • Improve the City’s long term financial sustainability.
  • Ensure our tree and roadway programs are well funded.
  • Improve our interactions to ensure our Council meetings were run efficiently and remained focused on the items appearing before Council.
  • Implement a holistic view of traffic for the City.
  • Improve housing. Work with the Council to increase zoning density near our transit corridors.
  • Add Park space to the City inventory. In addition, we continue the 20-year program to revitalize and upgrade all existing Sunnyvale Parks.
  • Hire great City Managers in 2014 and again in 2017.

Even with all of these accomplishments, there is still work to be done during the next four years to keep Sunnyvale a wonderful place.

In simple terms, I want to leave Sunnyvale a better place than when I was first elected to office. I want to ensure we have a good long-term financial plan so that the City can provide core services that will improve the quality of life for our residents.

I am asking for your support during this election season so that we can continue the work to keep Sunnyvale an awesome place to live, work and play.

As your Councilmember, I will be responsive to the community. You can reach out and contact me to share your ideas and concerns. Call me at (408) 242-8384 or email me at hendricks40@yahoo.com.


City Budget

Long-term financial sustainability for the City of Sunnyvale is my top priority.

Sunnyvale has strong finances and a solid budget process. This allows the City to work towards, and achieve many of the objective’s residents have for Sunnyvale. The City operates with a 20-year budget model with a requirement, per the City Charter to have a 10-year balanced budget. While these policies are in place to ensure the sustainability of all programs and projects proposed annually, it is up to the sitting Councilmembers to approach the annual budget process in a thoughtful and methodical manner,

I have been a thoughtful voice on the City Council as it relates to our budget. As a Councilmember and as your Mayor, I have spoken to elected officials from many other Cities. The Sunnyvale budget is in much better shape than any other jurisdiction in our area. The difference comes from our ability to manage our expenses based on a 20-year outlook and a detailed evaluation of all revenue to ensure a diverse, balanced revenue source allocation.

That said, we must always look for ways to improve our fiscal sustainability.

We need to continue to improve our revenue sources. We also need to continue to manage our expenses. The Council needs to be excellent stewards of the public’s money.

I have been a good steward of your money. I work to ensure we expend your money in an appropriate and transparent manner. Employee expenses are the largest portion of the budget. I have worked to make sure the City pays a competitive “total compensation package” that allows us to get excellent staff yet stay within the financial limitations of a 10-year balanced budget and 20-year budget model.

I have worked to make sure the residents have excellent Public Safety, parks, libraries, well serviced roads, sidewalks and tree maintenance.


Fire Arms Regulation

At our March 6, 2018 City Council meeting, I asked the Council to initiate an ordinance that would raise the legal age in Sunnyvale to purchase a centerfire, semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21.

I think we are all aware of the mass shootings that have taken place at schools. There appears to be two common elements to many of these tragic events. Youth and access to semi-automatic rifles. My proposed ordinance would help to restrict the access of semi-automatic rifles to people under 21.

The City Council voted unanimously to direct the City Attorney to research and come back with an Ordinance for Council to consider. On July 31, 2018, the Council unanimously voted to enact this ordinance. I am so proud of this Council for implementing this change.


Conversion to LED Streetlights

The City has initiated a process to convert all streetlights from sodium to LED. The policy behind this change is to reduce greenhouse gasses (“GHGs”) and save electrical costs. The rollout of this program occurred in early 2018.

I believe this is a very good policy and program to meet the dual objectives of reducing GHGs and cost savings. These new LED lights also increase the light on our streets and improve public safety.

After the complete rollout of the new LED lights, the City will be able to electronically fine tune the brightness of the lights and implement physical shields that will reduce the lights that shine in people’s homes.


Food Cycle Implementation

The Food Cycle Program was implemented in late 2017, with the roll out of new carts completed in early 2018.

The City of Sunnyvale is committed to reducing our impact on the environment and reducing our Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.

I agree with these policies.

One program to reduce our GHG levels is the Food Cycle Program. This program replaced the old single-bin garbage can with a split bin configuration. This configuration allows households to separate their food scraps into a different bin. These are then collected separately and processed so that they do not end up in the landfill. Food scraps in the landfill decompose and generate GHGs (specifically methane). By operating the program this way, we achieve two goals: reduction in GHG and less material going into the landfill.

Even though I agree with this program, I do believe the City could have communicated this change to its residents better and the roll out of the program could have been improved.

Latest Program updates from the City can be found here: https://sunnyvale.ca.gov/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=25499

There have been many lessons learned through this effort, I will ensure we use those learnings in any program that is rolled out to residents in the future.

February statistics for the Food Scrape program

  • 17 tons collected per day
  • Equivalent to 4,400+ tons per year (Assumed 4,000-ton capture rate)
  • 55 percent of available food scraps (Assumed 50%)
  • 18% reduction in garbage to landfill

Homelessness

Homelessness is a regional challenge here in the County. On any given evening, there are over 7,000 people that do not have a place to sleep at night.

The City of Sunnyvale partners with the County to help provide emergency shelter to these individuals and families.

The County operates the North County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter in Sunnyvale (Hamlin Court). This has operated as a four month per year facility, which was increased to six months. Due to the increasing concern and need for housing for our most vulnerable citizens, we are in the first year of a pilot program that would keep this shelter open as a year-round facility.

The City of Sunnyvale is not the lead agency to deal with homelessness; it is the County. Our budget does not allow us to take the lead, nor is it the City’s core responsibility. But, we do work to treat all residents with respect and assist where possible.


Civic Center

The City Council is looking at modernizing the Civic Center site. This will involve a multi-phase program to replace City Hall, the main Library and our Department of Public Safety headquarters.

The main objective of the modernization project is to improve service to the public and provide our City workers proper facilities.

The City Council received various funding proposals but has not reached consensus. Due to community outreach, the City has removed one proposed funding source – Public/Private funding. The initial concern was that this mixed funding model would allow the Council to sell and/or lease part of the Civic Center site. To allay any Community concerns, the Council has publicly stated and voted multiple times to document on record that the City will not sell or lease any part of the Civic Center land to pay for the modernization project.


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Glenn Hendricks for Sunnyvale City Council
Email: hendricks40@yahoo.com • Phone: (408) 242-8384
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