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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of SunnyvaleCandidate for City Council, Seat 4

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Larry Klein

Engineering Program Manager, Councilmember
18,972 votes (46.63%)Winning
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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 residents.
  • Add affordable housing of all kinds while protecting the character of our neighborhoods



Profession:Engineering Program Manager, Councilmember
Engineering Program Manager, Qnovo (2013–current)
Councilmember, Seat 4, Sunnyvale City Council — Elected position (2016–current)
Commissioner, Sunnyvale Planning Commission — Appointed position (2014–2016)
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)
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)


First, I want to thank you for your confidence in electing me in the August Special Election and I'm proud to be your new Councilmember.  I ask you to vote again for Larry Klein for Sunnyvale City Council Seat #4 in the November Election.

Thanks you for your interest 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 [Sunnyvale Historical Society, Sunnyvale Community Gardens, managing Charles Street Gardens/Full Circle Farm].  I have a long list of community leaders and present/past elected officials endorsing my campaign; please take a look:

I have an intimate understanding of Sunnyvale’s historic past as well as insight into how the city curently operates.  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.  I am honored to serve you on the City Council, and I look forward to working diligently for all of Sunnyvale.  I am here to listen to your issues, and have weekly Friday morning office hours to hear your concerns and questions.

In November, I ask you to vote again for Larry Klein for Sunnyvale City Council Seat #4.  


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 (11)

  • Santa Clara County Democratic Party
  • Peninsula Young Democrats
  • Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley
  • Silicon Valley Association of Realtors LC
  • San Jose Mercury News
  • Sunnyvale Employees Association
  • Democratic Club of Sunnyvale
  • South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council
  • Sunnyvale Public Safety Officers Association
  • Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club

Elected Officials (11)

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

Individuals (40)

  • Charles Hungerford
  • Brandon Sulser
  • Flo Stafford
  • Melodi Masaniai, Co-Founder, Democratic Club of Sunnyvale
  • Holly Lofgren
  • Valerie Suares
  • Howard Chuck
  • Jed Cyr, representing Sunnyvale as Director, Ward 3, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
  • Mark Diaz, Sunnyvale Public Library Foundation
  • Larry Stone, Santa Clara County Assessor, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Janet Hamma
  • Terry Fowler
  • Jim and Sue Fredrickson
  • Eric Fulda, Director for the Charles Street Garden
  • Darab Ghaffary
  • Margaret Lawson
  • Stan Hendryx, Hendryx and Associates
  • Gail Swegles
  • Paul Fong, former California State Assemblymember for 28th District
  • David Wessel, Board Member & Past President of the Sunnyvale Democratic Club
  • Carol Weiss, Sunnyvale Planning Commissioner
  • Tony Spitaleri, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Ron Gonzales, former Sunnyvale Mayor and former San Jose Mayor
  • Pat Vorreiter, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Patricia Castillo, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • John Howe, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Otto Lee, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Melinda Hamilton, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Chris Moylan, former Councilmember, City of Sunnyvale
  • Ken Olevson, Sunnyvale Planning Commissioner
  • David Simons, Sunnyvale Planning Commissioner
  • Dave Whittum, former Councilmember of Seat 4, City of Sunnyvale
  • Ralph Kenton, Vice Chair, Sunnyvale Parks and Recreations Commission
  • Henry Alexander III, Sunnyvale Parks and Recreation Commissioner
  • Ken Rheaume, Sunnyvale Planning Commission Vice Chair
  • Sue Harrison, Sunnyvale Planning Commission Chair
  • Tim Oey, Vice President of the Friends of the Stevens Creek Trail
  • Nancy Tivol, Former Executive Director, Sunnyvale Community Services
  • Jerry Hill, California State Senator for 13th District, including Sunnyvale
  • Dianne McKenna, former Santa Clara County Supervisor and former Sunnyvale Mayor

Videos (1)

— October 4, 2016 KMVT 15 Silicon Valley Community Media

Larry discusses his years of community service in Sunnyvale and his campaign priorities.

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