November 2009 Meeting Summary



City Selection Committee:


Board of directors:

1)    Reducing Debt when Revenues Spike – Creating a process for identifying and using occasional, nonrecurring spikes in revenue for one-time uses, such as paying down debt.

2)    Pay-as-you-go system – requires that major new or expanded programs and tax reductions proposed in the budget or legislation identify a specific funding source such as savings, cuts to other programs or tax increases.

3)    Results and Accountability – requires clear goals for every program to be spelled out in the Governor’s budget and improves the legislative process for developing the budget by focusing on results and greater public transparency.

4)    Long-term Fiscal Planning – requires the Governor and lawmakers to review a two-year spending plan along with a five-year fiscal forecast before approving the annual budget.  The measure also strengthens requirements for quick action when the budget is out of balance.

5)    Majority vote Budget – lowers the vote requirement for adopting the state budget to a majority vote for the Legislature.  All lawmakers would forfeit their pay and per diem when the budget is late.  The measure also requires a 2/3 vote for any new fees that replace tax revenue, bud does not change the majority vote requirement for other fees or the 2/3 vote requirement to raise taxes.

·         Bonnie Broderick presented on the Public Health Department’s (PHD’s) plan to submit grant applications to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW). 

·         The PHD plans to submit 2 applications; one for tobacco prevention and control, and one for obesity, physical activity and nutrition.  For more information see the fact sheet at

·         The board passed a motion to support the two grant applications with two Resolutions. 

·         CSC Appointee Report – Sue Garner, Monte Sereno, BAAQMD, updated the board on recent activities which included the Lehigh Southwest Cement Plant in Cupertino, updated CEQA guidelines, SB 375, and the wood smoke program.

·         The wood smoke program, known as The Winter Spare the Air, began on November 1, 2009 and runs through February 28, 2010.  This is the second year of the 2-year campaign.

·          Ads for the campaign will be running in the mercury news, NBC 11, and on city buses.

·         For more information re: the BAAQMD update view the update and fact sheet at

·         The goal is to agree on a series of actions that can help reduce or prevention suicides.

·         The Recommendations for the Executive Committee for 2010 was approved by the board:

                              i.      President:                                    David Casas, Los Altos

                            ii.      1st Vice President:                       Kathleen King, Saratoga

                          iii.      2nd Vice President:                      Sam Liccardo, San Jose

                          iv.      Treasurer:                                    Melinda Hamilton, Sunnyvale

                            v.      Legislative Action Chair:            Dan Furtado, Campbell

                          vi.      Past President:                            Kris Wang, Cupertino


Joys and Challenges:

·         Al Pinheiro shared that a medical marijuana dispensary was opened by two Morgan Hill men without permission in north Gilroy.  They continue to sell cannabis despite a "cease and desist" order from the city. 

·         Both Saratoga and Cupertino will be having their Swearing-In Ceremonies for their councils on December 1st.

·          Pete McHugh, Milpitas, and Sam Liccardo, San Jose will be participating in the upcoming Applied Materials Turkey Trot Mayor’s Cup Challenge on November 26th, 2009.  They encourage all city council members and citizens throughout the county to also participate in this community event on Thanksgiving Day benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, The Housing Trust, and The Children’s Health Initiative. 

·         Target in downtown Sunnyvale just had its grand opening.



·         The Cities Association Holiday Party, December 3rd, 6 pm, The Cypress Hotel.  All council members, city managers, city clerks, supervisors, state and federal elected officials and their guests are encouraged to attend this special event.

·         Markkula Ethics Roundtable Luncheon for City Elected Officials addressing Social Media, Santa Clara University, 12:00 pm, November 20, 2009.