APRIL Meeting: HOUSING AFFORDABILITY-PART 1!
We are fortunate to be able to bring you an outstanding panel of experts who are intimately familiar with housing affordability issues in Sunnyvale and Mountain View:
- Sunnyvale City Council Member Gustav Larsson;
- Mountain View City Council Member Lenny Siegel; and
- Adina Levin of Friends of CalTrain, who will be the panel’s moderator.
The panel will discuss the housing vs. employment imbalance In Sunnyvale and the surrounding region, why it is unsustainable, how it is forcing our young people and workers out of our community, how it adds to global warming, and why as a community we need to open our minds to alternative housing solutions.
Gustav Larsson was elected to the Sunnyvale City Council in 2013. He has served on the City of Sunnyvale Planning Commission, which he chaired. He is a graduate of Leadership Sunnyvale, and was a member of the Citizens Advisory Group for the Lawrence (Caltrain) Station Area Plan. One of his focuses has been on land use in Sunnyvale.
Lenny Siegel was elected to the Mountain View City Council in November 2014. Politically active in Mountain View since the 1970s, he led a successful effort to save Hangar One at Moffett Field, and he has worked to clean up toxic TCE pollution left by early chip makers. Most recently, he founded the Campaign for a Balanced Mountain View, which has drawn attention to the local and regional jobs/housing imbalance, a root cause of the housing affordability crisis.
An experienced for-profit and civic entrepreneur, Adina Levin co-founded Friends of Caltrain to build support for successful transit in the Peninsula corridor. She serves on the Caltrain Citizens Advisory Committee and the Menlo Park Transportation Commission.
At the meeting we will also talk about a slate for the elections to our Board at our May meeting, and form an Elections Committee to handle those elections. Finally we will form a committee to combat wage theft in Sunnyvale, building on the presentation to the Club made by Ruth Silver Taube at our last meeting.
Housing affordability in Sunnyvale and on the Peninsula is a real and growing crisis. Our children and our seniors cannot afford to live in what we view as middle class housing. Join us in our effort to address this crisis.
April Meeting: Housing Affordability
2 pm to 4 pm,Saturday April 18th
DCS currently has six active committees:
Candidates Committee: Identifying potential candidates for Sunnyvale City Council and other offices in 2015. To join, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Affordable Housing Committee: Developing a Club plan for addressing the lack of affordable housing in Sunnyvale and other income equality issues. To join, contact email@example.com.
Platform Committee: Working on a Club Platform to be used to as a basis for Club endorsements. To join the committee, contact Nancy Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
By-Laws Committee: Making some needed changes to the Club By-laws. To join the committee, contact Nancy Smith at email@example.com
Membership Committee: Working to grow the Club membership. Among other activities, the committee is tabling at the Sunnyvale Farmers Market on Saturday mornings to raise awareness of the Club. We need volunteers to join us and talk to interested Sunnyvale residents about the Club. To join the committee, volunteer or contribute ideas contact Mike Serrone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospitality Committee: Providing refreshments and other activities for our Club meetings. To support the committee or to volunteer to bring snacks contact Marge Goka at email@example.com.