This invitation letter is for business owners, property developers and community leaders. We warmly welcome you to attend the BC Forum from 6:30 to 8:30pm on March 10 at the Cupertino Community Hall. Mayor Darcy Paul, City Council Member Steven Scharf and Planning Commissioner Don Sun will be our honored guests. This forum will focus on city planning and future developments in Cupertino, and the event will be a valuable opportunity to communicate with residents.

We sincerely hope that developer representatives in this area can attend this forum, especially for the owner of Vallco, who has expressed a desire to hear from the community, recently. Hope we can keep the channels open between local residents and business owners to make Cupertino’s future better.

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting the forum tonight. The attendance was amazing.

    Some comments:

    1. It was great that questions were not screened. I hate it when people have to submit questions on index cards and the moderators pick and choose which ones to accept. The fact that some people showed up to try to disrupt the forum was okay since they displayed a critical lack of knowledge which did not help their cause at all.

    2. Since question cards were not used, questions should have been limited to 30 seconds, rather than letting people make long speeches. You could see most of the non-residents that were recruited to attend were reading prepared speeches, that they were obviously provided with, from their phones. This took time away from the people that actually had real questions to ask.

    3. It was interesting to read the e-mail from one of the YIMBYs prior to this event: “We don’t really know what to expect! There will likely be an opportunity to speak, but there will also likely be attempts to keep people from participating. Should be interesting!” The one thing about the BC forums that I’ve attended is that they NEVER try to keep people from participating, since one of the missions of BC is to promote transparency. If the YIMBYs were hoping to have something to complain about in this regard then they left very disappointed.

    4. I was disappointed that only one developer chose to show up, and the one that did is not even a developer that has a parcel with any zoning for housing. Where were the other developers? Why were they scared to show up? This would have been the perfect venue for them to present their views and answer questions.

    5. The key thing I see that BC needs to do is to increase education about housing and other aspects of planning. The YIMBYs show a lot of passion but they demonstrated that they are extremely clueless about the cause of high housing prices and this leads them to support legislation that will only serve to worsen the situation. Explaining to them about the importance of transportation, the environment, schools, traffic, etc., will be difficult because they have been brainwashed by developers for so long, but it’s critical if we are going to move forward at all.

    6. I like the fact that it was requested that speakers state where they were from, but the woman who didn’t know where she lived, or refused to disclose it, should have been left alone. She did her cause a lot of harm by her actions but I thought that it was just as low-class for the audience to be demanding that she identify herself.

    7. The oddest question/speech was the one that claimed that Cupertino is racist. While it’s true that we don’t have a lot of Hispanic or African-American residents, we do have some, and no one has ever tried to keep any race from buying or renting here. I have lived here for 38 years and have seen the race make-up change over time. It’s not bad or good it’s just the way it is, it’s driven by the market.

    8. The second weirdest speech was the one where someone claimed that they were “owed” housing in Cupertino. What planet are these people from? We need a list of who is owed housing in Cupertino:
    1. Children who grew up in Cupertino and return after college.
    2. Minimum wage workers that take jobs in Cupertino because our minimum wage is higher than other cities.
    3. Tech workers who can afford housing in Cupertino but don’t want to pay the market price.

    Actually if there is one group that should be considered for subsidized housing in Cupertino, or in neighboring cities, it’s teachers, who make very low salaries in our school districts.

    9. I wish that the question, at the end, regarding foreign investors buying housing that they do not occupy could have been addressed, It’s something that definitely bids up the price of housing.

    BC should have more articles on their web site that explain the reality of the housing situation. What happened in Denver is especially instructive, with property owners leaving units empty rather than lowering rents, and demanding that the city subsidize the difference between the rent being charged and the rent that lower incomer residents can pay.

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