Monthly News in March 2017

1. A Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Vallco will be discussed in April 4 City Council meeting Our city proposed to allocate $1,000,000 to fund a Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Vallco development. Please email to our city council members to express your concern. You may find this information in the Meeting Agenda and 2017-2018 City Work Program included in item 8. 2. Better Cupertino’s live streaming broadcast received strong support Better Cupertino funded and presented free lived streaming service online to promote transparency in local government. — Cupertino City Council Goal Setting meeting on Better Cupertino Facebook Page — CUSD Board meeting on March 28 in Better Cupertino READ MORE

03/28/2017 CUSD board meeting videos

On March 28, 2017, several hundred CUSD parents attended the school board meeting at Nimitz Elementary School. Better Cupertino funded and provided free live streaming broadcast to our community to promote transparency in local government. Please subscribe to Better Cupertino on YouTube. There are three parts of video clips: Part 1 — public speech of most parents Part 2 — the debate among board members and the moment to vote Part 3 Special Thanks to our photographer Traci Mar and our personal sponsors for live streaming service: Ava Zhang, Lanlan Hu, Lei Cheng, Hong Luo We welcome contributions from our community to support services READ MORE

Why the rush to negotiate a new Vallco deal?

Click here to view the opinion letter published on Cupertino Courier, 03/17/2017. The original letter: Cupertino residents need to ask “Why the rush?” for the City to negotiate a new Sand Hill Property Vallco deal? An opinion letter in the March 3rd edition mentioned a Change.org petition that encourages Sand Hill Property (SHP) to return to negotiate a new Vallco deal. The author suggests that SHP would be satisfied will 1M sqft less office space than the 2M sqft they included in their Measure D Initiative. Residents voted down “The Hills at Vallco” Measure D only four (4) months ago. READ MORE

02/14/2017 Planning Commission Meeting Agenda

1) The famous pro-developer figure David Fung will be on the Planning Commission for the first time.  Recently, he advocates urbanization similar to Mountain View very hard.  Here are three of the many things wrong to align Cupertino with Mountain View: a) Mountain View’s population density in residential area is more than 2x of Cupertino. b) Mountain View’s North Bayshore traffic/transit plan will cost more than $40M.  The tax revenue will not even be close.  Measure D was projected to bring in $4M of tax revenue per year. c) Mountain View is projecting a budget deficit in 3 or 4 READ MORE

02/07/2017 City Countil Meeting Notes

0:01:10 – #1 Proclamation in memory of Cupertino resident Gin Lu “Tommy” Shwe 0:10:20 – Oral Communication 0:10:55 – Shashi Rekha Alur, Youth empowerment seminar (YES program) March 10th at Quinlan for stress free and violence free schools. 0:14:21 – Several people talked about human rights violation and organ harvesting in China against the practice of Falungong.  Extended invitation to Blue Light Cinema for screening of “Hard to Believe” (forced organ harvesting affecting 1.5M people). 0:48:50 – Taghi Saadati, complained about code enforcement for parking after street cleaning. 0:52:00 – Jean Bedord, Speaking for Dolly Sandoval, Thank the CC for READ MORE

01/24/2017 City Council Meeting Summary

0:01:10 – Ceremonial presentation 0:05:50 – Item 5: Fine Arts Commission 0:13:10 – Oral Communication 0:13:30 – Rick Kitson, Chamber of Commerce, Lunar New Year Luncheon, 0:15:00 – Lindsey Gauci, Cupertino Morningmasters Toastmaster Club 0:16:40 – Joe Hamilton, Rotary Club 0:21:05 – Cathy Helgerson, Compromise on Vallco 0:22:30 – Sabrina Rizk 0:25:20 – Chris Moylan, Ro Khana District Director 0:28:30 – Dolly Sandoval, Planning commission 0:32:00 – Motion to approve all items starting with #6, except 12, 14, 17.  Approved. 0:32:50 – Item 12: Ban clearcutting.  Approved 0:36:10 – Item 14: City-wide park consultant service.  Approved. 0:46:55 – Oral Comm, READ MORE