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Hi - I'm Michael Goldman! Who am I and why am I running for City Council?
A 25-year resident of Sunnyvale, a Viet Nam Vet (USN - USS Carronade), family man with 2 sons in public colleges in CA. Soccer coach, basketball coach, hiker, blogger. Former software engineer with several publications. B.Sc. Physics, MA Math - UW-Madison. Years tutoring math to inner-city and native-American kids. Worked in the EPA on auto emissions controls. Taught in public high schools.
A centrist Democrat for fiscal responsibility, I try to see both sides of an issue and look for a way to turn conflicts into win-win situations. At the age of 11 I wrote (with a little help from mom) a letter to my Senator saying we should balance the Federal Budget. Unlike the US Federal government, a city can't print money. A city really does need those old fashioned values of saving and prudent spending.
We need to take care of what we have, not destroy it. Sunnyvale has to preserve and expand the parks, libraries, and playing fields that make a city a good place for families to live and work. The majority of the city council (including my opponent) has repeatedly voted to tear down our existing lirbary and put up a new one. I have fought this because the best way to grow our library system is to expand the current building and add neighborhood libraries kids, families, and seniors can walk to.
Like many, I have become frustrated with a City Council that ignores the needs of it's residents and bends to the will of special interests. The lack of progress in finishing the downtown, worsening traffic, crowded schools, grandiose plans for the Civic Center, the lack of local branch libraries. We need to expand the library, City Hall, Police and Fire facilities with realistic, cost-effective ways to build on what we have, not grandiose plans made by selling off our parks and green spaces to the highest bidder. Our population increases but infrastructure does not.
I hope I can serve the needs of all Sunnyvale by providing traffic relief masures, more and better parks and libraries, and without going into debt or selling off public lands to do it.
Michael S. Goldman
Old Sunnyvale City Hall - Now a parking lot near Macy's. Gone forever thanks to City Council. Could have been a nice Teen Center or museum. We should preserve the good things we have.
With the advent of e-books, children are now the main library patrons. We need more libraries kids can walk to. Here's a short music video celebrating kids & libraries. Enjoy.
Sunnyvale's lovely library. A simple expansion would make it a showpiece and allow funding for local branches everyone can walk to.