Vallco Redevelopment is not supported by residents (letter to editor)

Letter to editor, Mercury News Your article (“Community draws up alternative development plans for Vallco_mall” 4/19) was grossly misleading. Most participants at the design meetings run by consultant firm Opticos were not Cupertino residents, but mostly out of town YIMBYs. The design process oddly looked for “alternatives” to a SB 35 plan proposed by the developer, Sand Hill Property, which was not approved by the city yet. The Opticos design criteria included massive office development which has never been supported by residents or even the out-of-town housing advocates in previous meetings. The developer surely intends to use its plan as a Trojan Horse to READ MORE

Open Invitation Letter by Better Cupertino

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 READ MORE

Another Hot Year for Vallco?

  It’s all about Vallco Revitalization! Answer 5 questions, Share your opinion on Vallco, View the poll result instantly, Let the city hear your voice! ◆ Please take Better Cupertino’s online survey about Vallco  ◆ Attend Better Cupertino’s Forum on City Planning Cupertino Community Hall 6:30-8:30pm, Saturday, March 10th Don’t our Cupertino residents deserve a well-designed mall, a community gathering place? View picture collection of attractive malls. The developer kept stating that they were going to revitalize Vallco. But if the future project has 70-80% housing or office, could it be called a real “revitalization”? More stories Mayor Paul needs more support! Here is why! READ MORE

Better Cupertino’s Clarification

Recently, there has been renewed interest regarding the lawsuit between the City of Cupertino and Measure C proponents. We are clarifying that: The plaintiffs have tried to be reasonable and settle the case with no cost to the city. The plaintiffs made NO claims for monetary damages. The city employs two full-time attorneys who are fully capable of handling the case and reach a settlement with residents, but instead, the city hired an expensive San Francisco law firm to prolong this case.  Every dollar the city spends on external legal counsel is wasted, no matter the outcome. Three members of the former city READ MORE

Santa Clara’s Study Session on Urban Villages

Following the approval of the three Urban Villages along Stevens Creek Blvd, including the Stevens Creek Urban Village, by the San Jose City Council, the City of Santa Clara held a study session on Sept. 12, 2017 due to concerns on the impact of surrounding communities, including traffic, building heights, and the community engagement process. Many Santa Clara, San Jose and Cupertino residents also attended and spoke during public comments, which was important because there were some Stevens Creek Advisory Group and San Jose city staff there as well. Incredibly they claimed that Santa Clara was “very well” represented by READ MORE

Better Cupertino Bike Team did a great job!

We are pleased to share that Better Cupertino was able to field a Ride/Walk team of 10 participants in the Ride4Diabetes event on August 26, 2017. The team worked hard with the community to raise funds towards this noble cause. The team also practiced very diligently every weekend leading up to the event. We are proud to announce that the team collectively contributed $2550.00 to help combat Diabetes. Here is the breakdown of funds raised. Participants registration fees        : $  230.00 Participants direct donations        : $  805.00 Community direct donations         READ MORE

Better Cupertino BIG BOOTH Day was full of fun!

The BIG BOOTH of Better Cupertino on July 15 was hosted only by volunteers. There was no professionals or paid workers. BC volunteers’ hard work attracted many residents. A lot of kids asked for a face painting, balloon animals and joined the Pinata game. Their parents read Better Cupertino flyers or chat with BC volunteers while waiting for their kids. Quite a few of them signed up BC newsletter and got a free shopping bag with BC logo. Everyone enjoyed the great event and looked forward to more events like this in future. There was another group of parents and READ MORE