October 10, 2018.
After four years of discord, the Sunnyvale City Council has in the last two years returned to civility in its workings and taken strides toward restoring the city’s status as a well-run city.
This is no time for a major change of course. Voters should re-elect incumbents Gustav Larsson in Seat 1 and Mayor Glenn Hendricks in Seat 2. In Seat 3, Councilman Jim Griffith is termed out after serving eight years on the council. We recommend that Sunnyvale elect promising newcomer Mason Fong, who is well versed on city issues and would bring much-needed diversity to the council.
Sunnyvale’s successful, strategic approach to its finances make it the envy of many of its Bay Area counterparts. But it is still struggling with trying to solve development, housing and transportation challenges. Larsson, Hendricks and Fong are like-minded candidates who offer Sunnyvale the best chance to make thoughtful decisions on keeping its downtown project moving and improving the city’s housing stock.
Fong’s youth — he turns 27 on Oct. 15 — may give voters pause. But his lifelong interest in politics, intelligence and ability to absorb and articulate solutions to Sunnyvale’s complex issues give him the edge over challenger John Cordes.
Fong has the potential to be a political standout. He gained invaluable experience working for Reps. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna and as the housing and transportation policy analyst for respected San Jose City Councilman Chappie Jones. Fong’s views are a good match with the current council, and if he is elected, he would be the only non-white member of the council in a city that is 45.5 percent white and 43.3 percent Asian.
Cordes is a dedicated environmentalist, but his approach to growth does not bode well for his chances of being an effective councilman.