The Sunnyvale Public Lands Act
Spring / Summer 2018
Sunnyvale Measure M Election and Funding Report
A Sunnyvale community update series: “2016 Sunnyvale Measure M Election and Funding Report” is presented at city council Oral Communications starting with the June 26, 2018 meeting. Parts 1 and Part 2 of the series introduces voters to a recap of the 2016 Measure M election, the campaign financing and players involved, explores Transparency, funding of city council campaigns, Donation Laundering plus perceptions of the effects of Big Money interests on Sunnyvale and closes with proposed potential solutions to help steer our elections in a new direction. Pointers to videos and slides are below.
Part 1 (June 26, 2018)
Introduces voters to a recap of the 2016 Measure M election, the campaign financing and players involved.
Video: Part 1 – Measure M Report video (duration: 2 min 58 sec)
Slides: Part 1 – Click to view or download slides.
Part 2 (July 17, 2018)
Looks at Transparency, an example PAC’s direct city council funding and explores Donation Laundering and Big Money Direct and Independent Expenditure donors. Part 2 wraps up with perceptions of the effects of Big Money interests on Sunnyvale and proposes potential solutions to help steer Sunnyvale’s elections in a new direction.
Video: Part 2 – Measure M Report video (duration: 2 min 36 sec)
Slides: Part 2 – Click to view or download slides.
Sunnyvale City Council’s 2018 Response to Measure M
On May 22, 2018 the Sunnyvale City Council held 18-0449 a SPECIAL JOINT COUNCIL AND PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION MEETING (Study Session) to propose use of a council-only-approval Ordinance to amending Chapter 2.07 (Purchase, Sale or Lease of Real Property) of the Sunnyvale Municipal Code as a response to the 2016 Measure M citizen initiative. The agenda item and staff presentation is here 18-0449 Click here for the Study Session Video (duration 50 min 55 sec) including public comments.
On June 26, 2018 the Sunnyvale City Council adopted an “Administrative” response to the 2016 Measure M citizen initiative. The council declined to put the amendment before the voters of Sunnyvale. By a vote of 5:2 the council approved the ordinance amendment WITHOUT VOTER APPROVAL provisions. With this council-passed amendment to Chapter 2.07 a list of defined PARCS properties can be sold or leased WITHOUT VOTER APPROVAL by a Super-Majority council vote. As verified by the City Attorney, the council-approved ordinance itself could be repealed by only 4 votes of the city council within just a few weeks at any time in the future. Links to the hearing video, public comment video and the agenda documents are below.6/26/18 Agenda 7 18-0528Introduce an ordinance amending Sunnyvale Municipal Code (SMC) Chapter 2.07 to add special requirements for approval of certain sale and lease agreements involving publicly accessible recreation and city service (PARCS) properties, and adopt a Resolution approving the list of PARCS properties subject to the requirements of the amended SMC Chapter 2.07
Sunnyvale Measure M amends municipal code to require voter approval before the sale, lease, swap or transfer between the City and another party of property owned, leased or used by the City as a public park or community service amenity, which includes facilities and land whose primary purpose is to provide the public a place of city government administration, recreation, education, exercise, or enjoyment.
What this IS and Will Do
What this is NOT and WON’T Do
|Requires ballot measures for office leases||No ballot measures for Sunnyvale Office Center rentals and leases||Commercial property, not a community service amenity (CSA). Not covered under Measure M. learn more…|
|Increases election costs — expect 12 or more elections per year||Claim is untrue. Based on misapplication of CSA and lease||Public land disposition is a lengthy process, very rare approvals can easily be managed within planned elections. learn more…|
|Makes it much harder to acquire public land or joint use agreements||No effect on acquisition of public land or joint use agreements||Only affects disposition of public use land—that is, park land, open space, and public use facilities (CSA’s). No effect on acquiring land or joint use. learn more…|
|Cuts public services due to high costs. Requires new staff and bureaucracy||No cuts to services or increased staff. Claims based on flawed and biased consultant report||City’s 9212 analysis is riddled with errors, inconsistencies and incorrect conclusions with no legal analysis whatsoever. It fails in its intended purpose. City refused to release legal analysis public paid for. learn more…|
|Does not protect existing agreements||Does no harm to existing agreements||No affect on Operation and License agreements for Fremont Pool, Charles Street Gardens, Tennis Center, golf. learn more here and here|
|Affects park & community room reservations||No change to BBQ/event/room reservations||Rentals and Use Permits are not covered by Measure M. learn more…|
|Sunnyvale will be sued endlessly||Measure M will reduce number of lawsuits||Existing lawsuits have arisen because this protection did not exist, and the Council majority bloc sold land against the public’s wishes. learn more…|
|How would you feel if the nation’s second-largest super-PAC pumped money into defeating a Sunnyvale public land measure?The National Association of Realtors (NAR), has spent $95K to defeat Measure M–so far. It might interest you to know that the NAR is the public policy arm of a large group of real estate developers.
|Open Letter to Sunnyvale residents from Holly Lofgren urging a YES vote on Measure MI am a 32-year resident of Sunnyvale and supporter of Measure M. In that time, I have helped out my community in many ways. In 2002 I chaired the committee to build our 50-meter swimming pool at Fremont High School. I also chaired committees to raise funds for our wonderful local high school district and raised funds for many local charities. I did all these things because I believed in them.
Our community is experiencing increased pressure to reallocate and re-purpose our Sunnyvale public lands for non-public uses. We as residents are feeling it, as well as our city officials. It’s becoming more and more difficult for our representatives alone to hold back this onslaught. Our residents and elected representatives need a new tool, something to help our city officials stem the pressures to change the character of our community without good community discussion and the backing of direct voter approval.
This measure will allow the voters of the City of Sunnyvale to have a direct say by requiring a majority vote of Sunnyvale voters to approve the sale, lease, swap or transfer between the City and another party of city property that has been used as either 1) a public park, or 2) a community service amenity, which includes facilities and land whose primary purpose is to provide the public a place of city government administration, recreation, education, exercise, or enjoyment. The measure does NOT interfere with management of city services.