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“NO Directly Elected Sunnyvale Mayor”

Demand 7 Single-Member Districts

The at-large directly elected mayor of the Measure B (6+1) election model* decided on 6/18/19 by the Sunnyvale City Council would greatly reduce the benefit of going to 7 single-member districts as a remedy to address California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) concerns by reducing the ability of under-represented and minority voters to field and elect a locally supported mayor of their choice. Sunnyvale has never before had a directly elected mayor and it:

  • Was voted down in 1991 and again in 2011 on Sunnyvale ballot measures by a public vote

  • Is contrary to the preference demonstrated by residents during Council’s 2019 public input process
     

What will happen if Measure B (6 + 1) is voted down in March 2020?

ANSWER: Sunnyvale will be able to adopt 7-single member districts by:

 

EITHER: The City Council can immediately go to a 7 single-member district election system by using the administrative process Government Code 34886.

 

OR: The courts will impose district elections on Sunnyvale 

Oppose an at-large directly elected mayor in Sunnyvale

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March 2, 2020 companion article to February 24, 2020 article 

Follow The Money: More Money For No On C In Santa Clara, Details On Sunnyvale’s Spending

By Carolyn Schuk, Silicon Valley Voice 3/2/20

Excerpt: 

“We believe that the Consultant Services Agreement provides an additional window into the true nature of the relationship,” said No on Measure B Principal Officer Steve Scandalis. “A relationship which, from the start, was designed to build a strategic communications, messaging, outreach and advocacy program supporting the passage of Measure B, while giving the appearance of an unbiased information program.”

Opponents Of Elected Mayor Allege Sunnyvale Measure B Information Pieces Cross The Line

Carolyn Schuk, The Silicon Valley Voice

 

Excerpts: 

The City of Sunnyvale used public funds to advocate for a ballot measure, alleges a political group opposed to Sunnyvale’s Measure B creating six City Council districts and the new office of a directly elected mayor.

The group, No Directly Elected Sunnyvale Mayor, endorses a seven-district Council organization and continuation of the present method of a Council-appointed mayor with a two-year term.

 

The groups said in a Wednesday [Feb 19, 2020] press release that City mailers and utility bill inserts on Measure B were not merely informational — which is legal. The group contends that the communications were intended to influence voters to pass the measure.

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The advocacy purpose is shown, the press release said, by the City’s hiring of San Francisco-based political strategy and communications firm TBWB Strategies for strategic consulting services and creating the mailers.

See the IN THE NEWS page for Press Releases and full Silicon Valley Voice articles plus more articles and LTE on this topic. 

February 25, 2020

Sunnyvale Accused of Using City Money on Political Mailers

Jennifer Wadsworth, San Jose Inside

 

Excerpts: 

Sunnyvale city officials have been accused of spending taxpayer money on partisan mailers to promote a March 3 ballot measure that would establish six council districts and a directly elected mayor.

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“It’s very important that our city governments remain unbiased and do not try to influence votes,” said Steve Scandalis, head of No Directly Elected Sunnyvale Mayor. “We hire them to provide services, not political advice.”

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Then there’s the fact that TBWB has been embroiled in scandal over the same issue before. In 2019, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) launched a probe into claims that the San Francisco-based firm played a “major role” in coordinating between a transit tax measure and public entities that would benefit from it.

See the IN THE NEWS page for Press Releases and full San Jose inside articles plus more articles and LTE on this topic. 

February 12, 2020

How Sunnyvale mayor is chosen becomes flashpoint of Measure B

As Sunnyvale voters consider district elections, disagreement over how to pick a mayor

Thy Vo, Bay Area News Group / San Jose Mercury News

 

Excerpts: 

A mayor who’s elected at large gains more power by virtue of his or her citywide mandate, and that undermines the whole point of district elections, which is to level the playing field, he argues.

“By eliminating all at-large seats, we give maximum local representation and it supports equal representation. No one is elevated above,” Scandalis said. “Seven council members in seven districts provides a maximum benefit.”

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Scandalis’ take, on the other hand, is that mayors would be accountable to the colleagues who pick them, and they in turn are answerable to their district constituents.

Councilman Michael Goldman also opposes Measure B’s provision for mayors, saying it would  undermine one of the main benefits of district elections — allowing candidates to spend less money because they could campaign in smaller areas of the city.

 

“Because of the amount of developer money pouring in, the only people who could run for a directly-elected mayor are those who are independently wealthy,” Goldman said.

For full article see the IN THE NEWS page or directly here

January 5,  2020

The Road to 7 Districts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt: 

THE ROAD TO 7 DISTRICTS

Sunnyvale must transition to district-based City Council elections in November 2020 as remedy for potential violation of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA).

We share some reasons on why we are confident that when Measure B fails in March, Sunnyvale can go to 7 single-member districts in plenty of time for the November 2020 election. Please click The Road to 7 Districts below.

THE ROAD TO 7 DISTRICTS

 

November 26,  2019

Directly Elected Mayor Perennial Discussion In Sunnyvale, But Never A Winner So Far

Carolyn Schuk, The Silicon Valley Voice

 

Excerpt: 

Directly Elected Mayor Perennial Discussion In Sunnyvale, But Never A Winner So Far

The question of directly electing Sunnyvale‘s mayor has come up regularly since the mid-1980s and City voters have repeatedly given the idea a thumbs down. As is the current case, those proposals came from Sunnyvale City Council Members, not from the grass roots. Currently, the City’s mayor is appointed by the Council from its ranks.

For link to the full article see the IN THE NEWS page. 

October 29,  2019

What do you think the funding sources will be with an at-large directly elected mayor???  

A discussion of the Key Disadvantages and Risks of 6+1 & Directly Elected Mayor and an  At-Large 2018 Sunnyvale Election Funding Comparison is presented at the October 29th council meeting.

 

Key funding details are reviewed between the candidates elected and candidates not elected comparing Direct Donations to candidates -- including PAC funding and the percentage of funding from Sunnyvale -- plus the Independent Expenditures (IE) made in support of candidates. 

The Sunnyvale community is asked a key question to consider for the March 2020 Sunnyvale election:

What do you think the funding sources will be with an at-large directly elected mayor ???

It is clear that PACs, Real Estate Developers and Business Interests campaign funding are swaying Sunnyvale’s At-Large elections.

View and click the graphic and presentation video below. 

At-Large 2018 Election Funding Compariso

October 23,  2019

Sunnyvale Moves Slowly But Surely To By-District Council Elections

Carolyn Schuk, The Silicon Valley Voice

 

Excerpt: 

Directly Elected Mayor Proposal Continues to be Elephant in the Room

Several residents spoke at the Oct. 8 meeting for and against the directly elected mayor proposal, despite that subject not being on the agenda.

 

“You are pushing forward without [a recommendation from] a charter review committee, and you are taking a path that is not listening to the residents and you are not listening to the voters, the potential voters for March,” said resident Steve Scandalis, one of the founders of No Directly Elected Sunnyvale Mayor.

 

A discussion earlier at the meeting about the mayor’s term — currently it’s two years — and how to handle vacancies in the mayor’s office with a directly elected mayor, he said, raised complications that were “providing lots of opportunity to vote no.”

For link to the full article see the IN THE NEWS page. 

October 8,  2019

No Directly Elected Sunnyvale Mayor committee provides 7 district map examples for the public after the city council would not process new 7 district maps for public availability.

On Sept 10th resident developed 7 District maps in the first round of map making were displayed and discussed in the Report to Council and made available to the public in the city's map pdf files. On October 8th the second round 6+1 maps with demographic tables were reviewed publicly but newly created 7 District maps were NOT reviewed or available for public viewing. 

 

The city council's continued refusal to consider 7 districts as a backup plan to their 6+1 direction follows on the heals of strong resident support for 7 Districts -- with the council even refusing to allow 7 districts to be agendaized for discussion at a future council meeting, 

 

The public has been denied the ability to easily see all the resident developed 7 district maps and to have the processed demographic tables necessary for public consideration for a Plan B should the council's 6+1 measure fail in Mach 2020. 

No Directly Elected Sunnyvale Mayor is making images of three 7 district map examples available to the public on our website.  Please see and click below. 

 
7 District Map Examples_220PPI.jpg

September 10,  2019

Sunnyvale Residents Turn Out In Force: Strongly Favor 7 Single-Member Districts, Want 7 Single-Member Districts on the March 2020 Ballot, Oppose At-Large Directly Elected Mayor in Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale residents turned out in force Tuesday Sept 10th for the Sunnyvale city council Study Session 19-0798 (Charter Amendments) and Agenda item 19+0675 (Map Input) with very clear messages. 

 

View the inspiring video of fellow citizens testimony before the Sunnyvale city council. 

 

Sunnyvale Residents Turn Out In Force: Strongly Favor 7 Single-Member Districts

View and click the video below.

(7+ min video)

For full videos please see: http://sunnyvaleca.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=4&clip_id=2940

September 10,  2019

There are clear signs the city council wants to choose their own districts, create a directly elected mayor position to extend their term limits, are trying to avoid independent redistricting in the future and are potentially supporting maps with gerrymandering-like features. 

The more the September 10th council Study Session and Council Meeting on district elections are studied the more troubling the situation created by our elected officials becomes. 

NOTE: No Citizen Charter Review Committee has been formed. 

Study Session: City Charter Amendments and Redistricting

View and click the video below

(2+ min video)

Click to review the 6+1 maps chosen Sept 10th to move forward 

These will be reviewed again on Oct 8th. ​​​

 

August 13, 2019

No Directly Elected Sunnyvale Mayor Launches Campaign

No Directly Elected Sunnyvale Mayor today launches a public campaign to oppose the City of Sunnyvale's planned ballot measure on the March 2020 election. The proposed ballot measure would change Sunnyvale’s governance system to 6-districts plus one at-large directly elected mayor (a “6+1” election system).  We oppose this decision. The City Council is going to districts in response to the California Voting Rights Act.  We believe that the ballot question should ask for voter approval for a 7 single-member district system. 

 

For over 100 years Sunnyvale has had a council of equals – elected council members with the mayor selected from the city council members by the city council. 

 

No Directly Elected Sunnyvale Mayor fully supports 7 single-member districts for Sunnyvale as the remedy to address California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) concerns and to enhance the ability of under-represented and minority voters to field and elect locally supported candidates of their choice and opposes the creation of an at-large directly elected Sunnyvale mayor.   

 

    Click for Press Release

Click to learn more and to donate to the campaign

 

August 27,  2019

Request to City Council: 

Reconsider June 18th Direction

Which is Putting Taxpayers Dollars and Our Community At Risk

No Directly Elected Sunnyvale Mayor steering team member requests city council to again reconsider their June 18th direction before the September 10th council meeting.  To change direction in favor of placing a measure for 7 single-member districts on the March 2020 ballot, which will remove the risk the council is creating to Sunnyvale taxpayer dollars and our community. 

Click to see the request (03:22 min video)

July 25th, 2019

Citizens Committee Files to Demand 7 Single-Member Districts and to Oppose a Directly Elected Sunnyvale Mayor

On July 25th the citizen committee No Directly Elected Sunnyvale Mayor officially files FPPC Form 410 Statement of Organization with the California Secretary of State and City of Sunnyvale to oppose the City of Sunnyvale's plan to implement a 6+1 election model at the March 2020 primary election. 

 

No Directly Elected Sunnyvale Mayor supports Sunnyvale moving to 7 single-member districts to address California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) concerns and to enhance the ability for under-represented and minority voters to field and elect locally supported candidates of their choice.  

Click to learn more and to donate to the campaign

 

July 30,  2019

Sunnyvale Residents to Council: Turn Back While You Can!

Two courageous Sunnyvale residents masterfully articulate the shortsightedness of the council majority's June 18th decision to move forward with a proposed 6+1 election model ballot measure and strongly deliver powerful appeals to the Sunnyvale city council:   Turn back while you can! 

Click to see the residents' powerful messages (04:51 min video)

June 18, 2019

Council Chooses 6+1 for March 2020 Ballot

On June 18th a Sunnyvale city council majority (5 for / 2 against) voted to seek voter approval for a 6+1 election model* at the March 2020 primary election. 

 

The council vote is contrary to community feedback which was solidly in favor of 7 single-member districts and against adding a directly elected mayor during the city's Phase 1 district election outreach and at city council hearings. A directly elected mayor was also voted down in 1991 and again in 2011 on Sunnyvale ballot measures by public votes. 

Click to learn more

* “6 + 1” is an election system where one council member is elected from each of 6 districts, and a city-wide at-large mayor is elected, usually with powers greater than the council members. This is generally found in big cities.

 
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