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June 26, 2018

2016 Sunnyvale Measure M Election and Funding Report

A report to the Sunnyvale Community: “2016 Sunnyvale Measure M Election and Funding Report” was presented at Oral Communications of the June 26, 2018 city council meeting. See the Sunnyvale June 26, 2018 Council Meeting Video starting at 00:09:30 minutes to view the video.  Click here to view or download slides.

Sunnyvale City Council’s 2018 Response to Measure M

On June 26, 2018 the Sunnyvale City Council adopted an “Administrative” response to the 2016 Measure M citizen initiative which they approved as a council-approved ordinance amendment. With this council-passed amendment to Chapter 2.07 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 As verified by the City Attorney, the council-approved ordinance itself could be repealed by 4 votes of the city council at any time in the future. See the link below to the agenda item 18-0528 and the Sunnyvale June 26, 2018 Council Meeting Video starting at 03:00:40 minutes to view the proceedings.

6/26/18 Agenda 7 18-0528
Introduce 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

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Yes On M Lawn Sign PostsSunnyvale 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.
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The Need to Protect Sunnyvale Public Lands

What this IS and Will Do

  • Will require Public Approval for the sale, lease, swap, or transfer of public parks and community service amenities
  • Will provide a New Tool for Sunnyvale’s City Council and Residents to hold back the extraordinary pressures on our community to reallocate and re-purpose our Sunnyvale public lands for non-public uses
  • Will allow the Voters of the City of Sunnyvale to have a direct say about the disposition and use of public parks and community service amenities

What this is NOT and WON’T Do

  • Does NOT affect private property or development
  • Does NOT raise taxes
  • Will NOT affect the city budget
  • Is NOT about zoning or rezoning
  • Does NOT affect traffic or schools
  • Does NOT interfere with management of city services
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Measure M Truth Table

Misleading Statement Truth Proof
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…

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The Need to Protect Sunnyvale Public Lands

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.

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