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August 16, 2016 — Special Municipal

City of SunnyvaleCandidate for City Council, Seat 4

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Larry Klein

Engineering Program Manager
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Finish the Sunnyvale Downtown to foster fiscal responsibility and pay for quality community services and safety of our neighbors.
  • Manage growth and reduce traffic to improve the quality of life of our citizens.
  • Add affordable housing of all kinds while protecting the character of our neighborhoods



Profession:Engineering Program Manager
Engineering Program Manager, Qnovo (2013–current)
Commissioner, Sunnyvale Planning Commission — Appointed position (2014–current)
Citizens Working Group, Stevens Creek Trail Joint Cities Feasibility Study — Appointed position (2013–2015)
Director and Functional Manager, Exar, Inc (2008–2012)
Commissioner, Sunnyvale Planning Commission — Appointed position (2004–2010)
Chair, Sunnyvale Planning Commission — Appointed position (2008–2009)
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)


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

Community Activities

Board Member, Sunnyvale Historical Society and Museum Association (2010–2016)
Board Member, Secretary, Sustainable Community Gardens, Charles Street Gardens, Full Circle Farm (2015–2016)
President, Sunnyvale Historical Society and Museum Association (2011–2013)


Thanks you for your intereste in my campaign.  I moved to the Bay Area more in 1989 after graduating with a BS in Computer Science from USC.  I first settled in Sunnyvale in an apartment complex along Wolfe Road.  I have worked at numerous small high tech companies in roles including, Programmer, Lead Engineer, Manager, Director and Program Manager over the last twenty years.  I have a good understanding of how to run a company, and how to balance long-term goals with fiscal responsibility.

When my wife and I finally purchased our first home 15 years ago, it was in heart of Sunnyvale's Heritage District. Over the last 14  years, I became more active in serving our community, and I hope that I can continue to serve you as a member of City Council. My nine years of service on the Sunnyvale Planning Commission has given me extensive experience in Land Use issues, working with City Staff to craft the best project, and listening and discussing neighborhood issues.  I have been appointed to numerous other Sunnyvale committees (Charter Review Committee, Stevens Creek Trail Feasibility Study Citizens Working Group), and I have actively worked on Sunnyvale non-profit boards [Historical Society, Sunnyvale Community Gardens, Charles Street Gardens/Full Circle Farm].  

I have an intimate understanding of Sunnyvale’s historic past as well as insight into how the city curently operates.  I am prepared to immediately fill the empty seet and make a difference on the Sunnvyale City Council.  I want to help improve the quality of life of our residents, and I feel that with your help, I can make a difference.

Your voice matters. You’re the reason that I have confidence in our future.   On Tuesday, August 16th, I ask you to vote Larry Klein for Sunnyvale City Council Seat #4.  

I would be honored to serve you on the City Council, and I look forward to working hard to earn your vote.  I am here to listen to your issues. 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Jose Mercury News
  • Dianne McKenna, former Santa Clara County Supervisor and former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Larry Stone, Santa Clara County Assessor, former Sunnyvale Mayor

Organizations (8)

  • South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council
  • Silicon Valley Association of Realtors LC
  • Sunnyvale Public Safety Officers Association
  • San Jose Mercury News
  • Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club
  • Sunnyvale Employees Association
  • Democratic Club of Sunnyvale

Elected Officials (10)

  • David Cortese, Santa Clara County Supervisor
  • Jim Griffith, Councilmember and former Mayor, City of Sunnyvale
  • Gilbert Wong, Cupertino Councilmember and former Mayor
  • Lenny Siegel, Mountain View Mayor Councilmember
  • Mike Kasperzak, former Mountain View Mayor and current Councilmember
  • Julia Miller, former Sunnyvale Mayor, El Camino Hospital Board Member
  • Gustav Larsson, Vice Mayor, City of Sunnyvale
  • Glenn Hendricks, Mayor, City of Sunnyvale
  • Evan Low, California State Assemblymember for 28th District
  • Jerry Hill, California State Senator for 13th District, including Sunnyvale

Individuals (37)

  • Gail Swegles
  • Howard Chuck
  • Jed Cyr, representing Sunnyvale as Director, Ward 3, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
  • Terry Fowler
  • Jim and Sue Fredrickson
  • Eric Fulda, Director for the Charles Street Garden
  • Darab Ghaffary
  • Janet Hamma
  • Stan Hendryx, Hendryx and Associates
  • Margaret Lawson
  • Brandon Sulser
  • Valerie Suares
  • Flo Stafford
  • Tim Oey, Vice President of the Friends of the Stevens Creek Trail
  • Melodi Masaniai, Co-Founder, Democratic Club of Sunnyvale
  • Holly Lofgren
  • Mark Diaz, Sunnyvale Public Library Foundation
  • Charles Hungerford
  • Paul Fong, former California State Assemblymember for 28th District
  • Sue Harrison, Sunnyvale Planning Commission Chair
  • Ken Rheaume, Sunnyvale Planning Commission Vice Chair
  • David Wessel, Board Member & Past President of the Sunnyvale Democratic Club
  • Nancy Tivol, Former Executive Director, Sunnyvale Community Services
  • Carol Weiss, Sunnyvale Planning Commissioner
  • David Simons, Sunnyvale Planning Commissioner
  • Ken Olevson, Sunnyvale Planning Commissioner
  • Ralph Kenton, Vice Chair, Sunnyvale Parks and Recreations Commission
  • Henry Alexander III, Sunnyvale Parks and Recreation Commissioner
  • Dave Whittum, former Councilmember of Seat 4, City of Sunnyvale
  • Tony Spitaleri, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Chris Moylan, former Councilmember, City of Sunnyvale
  • Melinda Hamilton, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Otto Lee, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • John Howe, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Patricia Castillo, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Pat Vorreiter, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Ron Gonzales, former Sunnyvale Mayor and former San Jose Mayor

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of Cupertino/Sunnyvale (3)

What three issues are of greatest current importance for Sunnyvale, and what should be done to address those issues?
Answer from Larry Klein:


My top three priorities are Finishing the Town Center, adding Affordable Housing, and Managing Growth.

The completion of the Town Center development is critical to the long term financial viability of the City. Sunnyvale needs the additional sales tax revenue which helps increase the General Fund and allows the city to increase its services and personnel. Sunnyvale also needs a centralized destination shopping which will help revitalize downtown and the heart of our city.

Council needs to direct staff to work closely with the developer to prioritize staging the next phases of project, so that the entitlement changes/development can be phased, and a portion can be opened as soon as possible. I have the most experience with the existing project details, and I remember the community feedback and can maintain the vision that the residents want.  

I have a plan to address Affordable Housing in the city, I would encourage higher density and smaller units at transit centers and continue to work with housing non-profits to build additional affordable housing in the city. I would change the Accessory Living Unit code to make “granny units” more feasible and a good low cost infill housing into existing neighborhoods. I would increase the Below Market Rate percent of city from 12.5% to 15% for multi-family forsale developments. I would continue my work with housing non-profits to find places for newly developed or re-furbished low income housing.  All of this would help add to the housing stock, and the regional supply-and-demand issue.

Finally, the city needs to continue to balance growth of new development and the impacts on traffic within the city. The city needs to require TDM Plans for reduced trip visits for all larger developments. Sunnyvale should evaluate creating a city-wide traffic plan evaluating the traffic and looking at innovative ways to lessen the traffic issues about which so many citizens have issue. Sunnyvale must continue encouraging walkable communities, alternitvie transportaiton/Class 1 trails, and expanding a city-wide shuttle service.  Traffic is a regional issue, but Sunnyvale should take the lead in looking at programs to help alleviate the problem within our borders.

What personal experience and skills would contribute most to making you an effective council member?
Answer from Larry Klein:

 I feel that I have the skills to immediately be effective if elected to a seat on the Sunnyvale City Council which is critical since the Special Election is filling an empty seat.

I feel that I have a depth of practical experience that would be immediatley useful as councilmember. After many years of service to the community, I am knowledgeable about the City’s operations, I am familiar with the Community Leaders, and I know how to work with others within Sunnyvale to build support and get things accomplished. I am civic minded and feel that I could help Council provide additional guidance and vision that is needed.  

My Land Use experience as a Sunnyvale Planning Commissioner would be extremely beneficial to many of Council’s most critical decisions going forward. I have a critical mind which I feel that I could immediately be an effective Councilmember as soon as I take office.  I have a good knowledge of the city's codes, and I have walked most of the streets of the city (either as a Planning Commissioner doing site visits or walking precincts for the election).  I would know how to improve applications that come in front of the Council (by reducing projects or adding conditions) to help the overall quality of life.

How much money do you expect to spend on the 8/16/2016 Special Election, and how will you assure voters that campaign contributions will not influenceyour positions or decisions while serving as a council member?
Answer from Larry Klein:

I expecte to spend between $15-20K in the Special Election.  This will be a mixture of my own money, donations from residents and organizations.

I assure the voters that I will be an independent mind if elected to City Council.  I have learned on my years on the Planning Commisison to take all of the input from Staff, residents and applicants, and then make a decision that I think is in the best interest of Sunnyvale.  I know how to critically examine problems, and I have said NO to many projects in past when I thought they were too dense, in the wrong place, or not in the longterm vision of the City and residents.


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