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City of SunnyvaleCandidate for Mayor

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Larry Klein

Councilmember/Engineering Manager
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protecting and engaging with our residents and businesses during COVID19 and leading to recovering
  • Creating safe transportation options, making our community more walkable, and reducing traffic
  • Encouraging new housing options, protecting the housing we have, and creating livable villages of housing/retail/parkland

Experience

Experience

Profession:Sunnyvale Mayor and Engineering Program Manager
Director of Program Management, Qnovo (2013–current)
Mayor, City of Sunnyvale — Appointed position (2019–current)
Councilmember, City of Sunnyvale — Elected position (2016–current)
Member, Citizens Working Group, Stevens Creek Trail Joint Cities Feasibility Study — Elected position (2013–2015)
Director and Functional Manager, Exar, Inc (2008–2012)
Commissioner and Chair, Sunnyvale Planning Commission — Appointed position (2004–2010)
Technical Manager and Program Manager, FyreStorm, Inc (2002–2008)
Member, Sunnyvale Charter Review Committee — Appointed position (2006–2007)
System Software Manager, Pluris, Inc (1999–2002)
Technical Lead and Firmware Manager, Cellnet Data Systems (1995–1999)

Education

University of Southern California Bachelor of Science, Computer Science (1989)

Community Activities

Founding member, Livable Sunnyvale (2016–current)
Boardmember and Secretary, Sustainable Community Gardens, Charles Street Gardens, Full Circle Farm (2015–2016)
Boardmember, Sunnyvale Historical Society and Museum Association (2010–2016)
President, Sunnyvale Historical Society and Museum Association (2011–2013)
Founding member, Charles Street Community Gardens (2007–2008)

Biography

I moved to Sunnyvale in 1989, and I fell in love with our city. I have been active in Sunnyvale for about 20 years and enjoy working to make it better. I've been on city commissions and committees, non-profit boards, City Council, and I've been Sunnyvale's Mayor since January of 2019. 

I've shown the leadership to be our first directly elected mayor. 

As Mayor, I

  • Actively endorsed and worked to pass Measure B in March 2020; I felt that the districts would improve the diversity of Sunnyvale's Council
  • Built unity after a hate crime in 2019; bringing our diverse community together to find a path forward
  • Protected residents and local small businesses during the current pandemic and raised our regional voice; I've done everything I could to help residents (delivering masks, toilet paper, and food), and promoting our small businesses
  • Established a series of listening sessions in response to the outcry over racial injustice; helped engage our community to hear their concerns about the public safety and social concerns about our city itself.

For four years, I have listened and collaborated with residents, young and old, during my weekly Friday morning office hours at a family run coffee shop. During the shelter-in-place, this has now become a weekly virtual meeting where I update residents on issues that directly affect them and answers their questions about what his happening in the city.

I have a long track record of success as Councilmember and Mayor in improving Sunnyvale residents’ quality of life.

Encouraged additional housing and help protect residents housing options

  • Made Accessory Living Units ("granny" flats) easier to add in Sunnyvale
  • Spearheaded just cause eviction protection when the state left a loophole in the fall of 2019
  • During Covid-19, pushed an eviction moratorium that covered our mobile home communities

Improved transportation options and bike/pedestrian safety 

  • Worked to get more the $9 Million funding to extend Stevens Creek Trail to Fremont Avenue
  • Collaborated with CalTrans to get the speed lowered to 35MPH along El Camino Real
  • Got the concept of an Evelyn Trail added as part of our Active Transportation Plan

Helped small businesses and the revitalization of Sunnyvale Downtown 

  • Worked with the Sunnyvale Downtown Association make Murphy Avenue into a pedestrian-only zone (for al fresco dining in response to the current COVID-19 Pandemic)
  • Worked to get funding for a Sunnyvale Cares program giving up to $15 thousand to Sunnyvale businesses hit by the pandemic

As your first directly elected Mayor, I pledge to continue to

  • to listen,
  • to collaborate, and
  • to work tirelessly for you.

Experience and leadership matter, and I will lead the city out of our current crisis and into recovery.

I have been doing the work as Sunnyvale's Mayor, and I am ready to continue the work without any delay.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Jose Mercury News
  • Dianne McKenna, former Sunnyvale Mayor and former Santa Clara County Supervisor
  • Ro Khanna, United States Congress, California District 17

Organizations (8)

  • Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Democratic Club
  • Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters
  • Sunnyvale Employees Association
  • San Jose Mercury News
  • Sunnyvale Democratic Club
  • AFL-CIO South Bay Labor Council
  • Silicon Valley Stonewall Democrats
  • Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley

Elected Officials (26)

  • Larry Stone, Santa Clara County Assessor, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Jed Cyr, representing Sunnyvale as Director, Ward 3, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
  • Melissa Baten Caswell, Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education Trustee
  • Gilbert Wong, Foothill-De Anza Community College District Trustee
  • Roy Rocklin, Fremont Union High School District Trustee
  • Jeff Moe, Fremont Union School District Board Trustee President
  • Hung Wei, Fremont Union School District Board Trustee
  • Albert Gonzalez, Santa Clara Unified School District Boardmember
  • Liz Kniss, Palo Alto Councilmember and former Santa Clara County Supervisor
  • Adrian Fine, Palo Alto Mayor
  • Rod Sinks, Cupertino Councilmember and former Mayor
  • Julia Miller, former Sunnyvale Mayor, El Camino Hospital Board Member
  • Russ Melton, Councilmember, City of Sunnyvale
  • Glenn Hendricks, Councilmember and former Mayor, City of Sunnyvale
  • Dave Cortese, Santa Clara County Supervisor
  • Ro Khanna, US Congressmember
  • Greg Tanaka, Palo Alto Councilmember
  • Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose
  • Marico Sayoc, Councilmember and former Mayor of Los Gatos
  • Mark Richardson, Santa Clara Unified School District Boardmember
  • Margaret Abe-Koga, Mayor of Mountain View
  • Chappie Jones, Vice Mayor of San Jose
  • Shay Franco-Clausen, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority
  • Richard Santos, Valley Water Board Director
  • Rich Waterman, Campbell Councilmember

Individuals (41)

  • Stephen Williams, former candidate for City Council
  • Dianne McKenna, former Santa Clara County Supervisor and former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Ken Yeager, former Santa Clara County Supervisor
  • Carl Guardino, former President/CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Mark Isaak, Sunnyvale Library Board of Trustees
  • Tim Oey, Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advocacy Commission,* ZeroW.org
  • Dean Chu, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Melinda Hamilton, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Patricia Castillo, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Sally Lieber, former Mountain Mayor and former State Assemblymember
  • Ron Gonzales, former Sunnyvale Mayor and former San Jose Mayor
  • Galen Davis
  • Ralph Kenton, Chair, Sunnyvale Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Alysa Cisneros, Sunnyvale Library Board of Trustees
  • Richard Mehlinger, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advocacy Commission Chair
  • Mary Hidalgo
  • Chris Moylan, former Councilmember, City of Sunnyvale
  • John Howe, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Howard Chuck
  • Ari FeinsmithPaul Escobar
  • Melodi Masaniai, Co-Founder, Democratic Club of Sunnyvale
  • Sue Harrison, Sunnyvale Planning Commission
  • Daniel Howard, Sunnyvale Planning Commission Chair
  • Ken Olevson, Sunnyvale Planning Commission
  • Ken Rheaume, Sunnyvale Planning Commission
  • Daniel Hafeman, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advocacy Commission
  • Prakash Giri, Vice Chair, Sunnyvale Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Peter Cirigliano
  • John Schmidt
  • Rachel Congress
  • Margaret Okizumi
  • Mike Kasparzak, former Mountain View City Mayor
  • Manny Cappello, former Saratoga City Mayor
  • Serge Rudaz
  • David Wu, Sunnyvale Heritage Preservation Commission
  • Sue Barbieri
  • Shiloh Ballard
  • Marshall Childs
  • Dr. Arthur Low

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe that everyone's voice matters. All politics is local at the end of the day. People can make the most difference by focusing on their local community. 

That is why I got involved with the City 20 years ago, going to Planning Commission and Council Meetings to reimagine the vision of our Sunnyvale Downtown. Everyone's voice makes a difference, and I've worked to listen and engage with all members of our diverse community.

When I was sworn into office four years ago in September of 2016, I started weekly office hours to hear back from my community. Every Friday morning at Bean Scene Cafe, I would meet with residents to hear their concerns, collaborate on how to resolve concerns, and help them get more involved.

I have sat with hundreds of residents join me for morning coffee and talk about their issues. 

During that those Weekly Office Hours, I have:

  • Helped a mobile home community organize and fight for correct UPS overnight noises
  • Helped organize residents to organize a Halloween Pet Parade (which restarted in 2019)
  • Educated residents on how to raise complaints on cracked sidewalks, brunt-out streetlights
  • Helped residents get support during difficult times.

During the pandemic for the last 6 months, I have converted the weekly coffee shop meetings to virtual addresses where I:

  • Give residents detailed updates on what is happening at the State, County and City Level
  • Answer resident questions
  • Gives words of encouragement and tell them of upcoming events

For four years, I have worked tirelessly to keep residents updated on projects, give them a heads up on upcoming city outreach, and provide them with necessary services.

I believe that constituent services are a crucial part of an elected official’s responsibility. As a Sunnyvale Councilmember and Mayor, we get limited support for this from City Staff. However, I have been doing the work to listen to your concerns and make change in Sunnyvale, and I am ready to continue to fight for you and your interests. Let's continue to make Sunnyvale a great place to live!

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