The Sunnyvale Public Lands Act
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…|
Open Letter to Sunnyvale residents from Holly Lofgren urging a YES vote on Measure M
I 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.
Chicago super-PAC funds opposition to Measure M
The super-PAC that paid for the “No on M flyer” that went out last week should scare the pants off Sunnyvale residents: it’s the Nation Association of Realtors, a rich, Chicago-based org that spends millions of dollars each year to slant local elections and bias elected officials.
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.