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March is Women’s History Month, a good time to recognize the many achievements of women and the need for continued action on sex and gender equality. https://www.womenshistorymonth.gov/

Affordable housing is a hot topic in our city as well as the region, but what makes this type of housing actually feasible? Readers are invited to a free community workshop to explore solutions for housing affordability and homelessness, sponsored by Silicon Valley at Home, West Valley Community Services, and Cupertino for All. Join the community at Quinlan Community Center on Thursday, March 21 at 6:00 to learn more about affordable housing. Register at https://tinyurl.com/4k4bv37t

The Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD) board of trustees will make its initial consideration of maps for by-trustee area elections on March 20, 2024, at 6:00 PM, at the district headquarters located at 589 W. Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94087. The meeting will be held in person for the Board members with the option for the public to attend electronically. The Zoom link beginning at 6:00 pm is: https://fuhsd-org.zoom.us/j/96036721878. The District’s Community Trustee Area Districting (CTAD) Committee winnowed down a large list of potential trustee area maps to three options representing community feedback. The maps are in the packet for the meeting.

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 27th, at 6:30-8:30 at Community Hall  when Supervisor Simitian will be hosting his 9th annual public meeting regarding the future of Lehigh Southwest Cement Plant and Permanente Quarry (located in the unincorporated Cupertino foothills). He is terming out this year, so this will be his last Lehigh event. Readers can visit the event landing page on Supervisor Simitian’s website for more information.

UPCOMING – CITY COUNCIL – Tues, Mar. 19, 2024, 6:45 p.m., Regular Meeting: 5:15 Study Session

Agenda and Presentations

Study Session 
Item No. 1: Capital Improvement Programs (CIP) Fiscal Year (FY) 2024/2025 and Five-year Plan. The city of Cupertino has a substantial inventory of buildings and public spaces, all of which require enhancement and maintenance. A capital improvement project enhances a property, restores, or prolongs the useful life of a property, or adapts a property to a new or different use. The CIP Division of Public Works is responsible for design and construction administration for all CIP projects including streets, sidewalks, storm drainage, city buildings, parks, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and other public facilities. The number of CIP projects is constrained by the city’s financial situation. Large CIP projects need to be funded through the preliminary design phase to qualify for grants from external sources. The staff report outlines the proposed projects for FY2024-25. Attachments identify all projects to be considered, along with a lengthy list from master plans which have yet to be approved and funded for implementation.

Regular Session
There are no Ceremonial Items. The Consent Calendar contains seven routine items. Notable are revisions from the March 5 Council meeting include Agenda Item No. 4, revising Cupertino City Council Procedures Manual, and Agenda Item No. 5, the second reading to adopt Ordinance No. 24-2256, to regularize commissioner appointments and revise commissioner qualifications. Members of the public may speak on any or all consent calendar items when the mayor asks for public comment on the Consent Calendar. If a member of the council pulls an item from the Consent Calendar, it will be addressed after all action items. Members of the public may comment on that item when it is considered.

Item No. 8: Review city-owned properties. The city owns a number of properties. The staff report provides an assessment of five properties under consideration for future action. The 10301 Byrne Ave property has been declared surplus and may be sold. Staff is exploring multiple options for 10300 Torre Ave (Cupertino City Hall), since it is seismically unsafe. 10455 Torre Ave (Annex) was purchased to maintain public facing services, given that city hall would undergo significant remodel or reconstruction. 22050 Stevens Creek Boulevard (Blesch property), a residential property in the flood plain next to BlackBerry Farm Golf and 22120 Stevens Creek Boulevard (Stocklmeir property), a historic property in the same flood plain, warrant moving ahead to planning for future use in conjunction with the entire Stevens Creek/Blackberry Farm corridor.  The other city properties in Appendix A are not under consideration for alternative use or sale.

Item No. 9 Council Reports (now submitted in written form) are provided by Chao, Fruen, Mohan and Wei. Councilmember Moore did not submit a report.

Informational Items include Item No. 10 FY 23-25 City work Program Q2 update, Item No. 11 The Rise Development Project (formerly Vallco Town Center) update #2 (Dec 5, 2023 Informational Update follow-up), which underscores that only infrastructure work is likely to occur there through 2024, Item No. 12 to receive the Monthly Treasurer’s Report for February 2024, and Item No. 13 to receive the Monthly Treasurer’s Investment Report for February 2024.

RECAP – Planning Commission – Tues., Mar. 12,  2024, 6:45 p.m., Regular Meeting

YouTube: 1 hr. 17 min. 

Agenda and Presentations

The Planning Commission moved expeditiously in recommending extending the development agreements from five years to eight years for two previously approved hotels, noting the benefit to the city of millions of dollars in transient occupancy taxes (TOT) if these hotels were actually built. The public expressed concern about compliance with bird-safe and dark sky ordinance passed after these hotels were approved. Though not required, the applicants agreed to investigate additional costs and feasibility to comply.

Item No. 2: Amendment to a Development Agreement for the Cupertino Village Boutique Hotel Project and associated environmental review. (Application No(s): DA-2023-002; Applicant(s): KIMCO (Sunil Plaha); Location: 10801 and 10805 N. Wolfe Rd. This hotel is slated for the area currently occupied by the Duke of Edinburgh restaurant, directly across from Apple Park. The Commission recommended approval of the amendment 4-0-1 with Madhdhipatla absent.

Item No. 3: Amendment to a Development Agreement for the De Anza Hotel Project and associated environmental review. (Application No(s): DA-2023-003; Applicant(s): De Anza Properties (John Vidovich); Location: 10931 N De Anza Blvd. This hotel is planned for the area currently occupied by the Goodyear Tire store on De Anza Boulevard, adjacent to I-280 and near Apple’s Infinite Loop building. The Commission recommended approval 4-0-1 with Madhipatla absent.

CUPERTINO COURIER: March 15, 2024

The front page photo and article on page 5 is entitled ‘Something needs to be done’ Students, parents call for more measures at busy intersection. Intersection continues to be cause for concern: Road safety advocates: Crossing guards help but more needs to be done near high school. Community Briefs on page 8 are (1) Lehigh meeting and (2) ArtNow entrants. The sole legal notice is a second reading of an ordinance amending chapters 3.22 and 3.23 of the city municipal code.

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Jean Bedord
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