Cupertino Matters

October is here with cooler temperatures and changing leaves together with a full calendar of festivals. Seasonal pumpkin products crowd store shelves and drink menus.  Enjoy the opportunities!

With the change in city finances, there needs to be a change in attitude on city council.  The previous council turned down a $400,000 grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HCD) for reimbursement of planning related expenses that could have helped with our mandatory Housing Element revision, even though the city will incur in excess of $1 million expenses from the general fund, now depleted by the financial situation. As the staff restructures, shouldn’t grants as a funding source be prioritized? 

In school news, the Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD) held its second pre-map meeting on Sept.19 discussing the process for developing the trustee map for district-based elections (rather than the current at-large elections). Public input heavily favored creating a Citizens Trustee Committee, to be formed by the superintendent, not the board, to provide representative community input and map development. This process is similar to the Foothill-De Anza Community College redistricting last election. The next meeting is Oct. 17, for presentation of the initial map developed by the consultants to meet basic legal requirements. This will be the baseline to develop alternative maps from the community.

The timeline for the process to meet the provisions of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) can be found at  https://www.fuhsd.org/newsroom/trustee-areas which has  more information and updates, as well as opportunities for public input. Note that this process does not affect school attendance boundaries.

RESCHEDULED – CITY COUNCIL – Tues., Oct. 3, 2023,  6:45 p.m., Regular meeting to Tues., Oct. 10, 2023

 

RECAP – CITY COUNCIL – Tues, Sept. 19, 2023,  6:45 p.m., Regular meeting

YouTube:  3 hr. 51 min. 

Agenda and Presentations 

Item No. 8: FY 2023-24 Internal Audit Program: Staff review of the Moss-Adams internal auditor work plan recommended against adding an additional Grants Management  Audit due to a heavy Finance department workload with a new external auditor and implementation of new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. The Audit Committee was not aware of the staffing issues when they recommended adding this project. Staff recommendation was approved 5-0.

Item No. 9: Adoption of amendments to the Cupertino Municipal Code, Chapter 9.22, expanding existing property maintenance requirements in accordance with California Health and Safety Code 17970.5. Approved unanimously

Item No. 10: Adoption of amendments to the Cupertino Municipal Code, Chapter 9.22, expanding existing property maintenance requirements in accordance with California Health and Safety Code 17970.5. Approved unanimously..

Item No. 11: Revisions to City of Cupertino Ethics Policy. Council was tasked with providing direction to the City Attorney to revise the Ethics Policy. Comments from the general public favored revisions to the 2018 Ethics Code, aligned with the 2023 City Council Procedures Manual and internal audit recommendations. Council discussion was extensive, with Councilmember Moore suggesting holding a study session to go back to square one.

The initial motion made by Vice-Mayor Mohan, seconded by Councilmember Fruen was to move the staff recommendation directing the City attorney to revise the city of Cupertino ethics policy to incorporate the provisions of the 2018 City ethics code as amended to ensure consistency with the City Council Procedures Manual and to address recommendations of the city’s internal auditor with additional direction:

  1. That mechanisms for disciplinary actions for ethics violations as detailed in the city council procedures manual be incorporated into the Ethics Policy
  2. That a mechanism for holding elected and appointed officials accountable to timely completion of required documentation including especially form 700 disclosures
  3. That the City attorney and city manager direct staff to periodically review the policy and provide training to elected and appointed officials

Councilmember Chao then proposed a substitute motion, then Mayor Wei proposed a second substitute motion which incorporated Mohan’s motion in addition to Chao’s language to “direct the City attorney to incorporate the comments from all council members and best practices for implementation for accountability, and bring back options to achieve the Ethics Policy goals, taking into consideration the result of Public Outreach and public comments as appropriate.”  Final motion approved 5-0.

Council Reports (now submitted in written form) were provided by Fruen, Mohan and Wei. Moore submitted late as a supplemental report. There was no submission by Chao.

CUPERTINO COURIER: September 29,  2023

The front page photo and community brief  on page 5 is entitled
Fall Bike Fest:  Bike Rodeo, 2.5 mile Family Ride and scavenger hunt among highlights.  The Community Brief is Fall Bike Fest.  There are two legal notices of First Readings of the two ordinances referenced above that were approved at the Sept. 19 council meeting.

CUPERTINO COURIER: September 22,  2023

The front page photo and article on page 5 is entitled ‘Ready to Learn’ Sunnyvale, Cupertino nonprofits hold back-to-back back-to-school events, hosted by West Valley Community Services and Sunnyvale Community Services. Community Briefs are (1) Coastal Cleanup Day, (2) Symphonic band concert, and (3) County ADU website. There are no legal notices.

Warm regards,
Jean Bedord
Cupertino Matters
Publisher and Editor