Cupertino Matters

The big news in Cupertino is that the state Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has blessed the city’s Housing Element to provide for 4,588 housing units over the next eight years. This culminates a multi-year state-mandated process to identify future housing sites and strategies designed to foster housing development at all income levels, particularly low income. The city will have to rezone areas identified in the plan in order to be fully compliant, become eligible for grant funding programs, and avoid court process. The city presently expects to adopt the new Housing Element and conduct the rezonings in May. More detail is provided in the Mercury News: State green lights Cupertino’s housing plan for more than 4,500 new homes: The city submitted a plan to add more than 4,500 homes in the next decade.  The story got its initial coverage in the San Jose Spotlight: Cupertino’s blueprint for housing close to approval.

Student safety remains a stand-out local priority. As such, the cities of Cupertino, Sunnyvale and Los Altos are collaborating with VTA to improve school safety on Homestead Road, a major school traffic artery, as reported in San Jose Spotlight: Silicon Valley cities work with transit agency on safer route to school.

Upcoming Festivals:
Earth and Arbor Day Festival 2024 will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Library Field to celebrate our shared planet and help the environment. It’s an interactive event that invites community members of all ages to learn about environmental issues and solutions in a family-friendly way through hands-on activities, live entertainment, and delicious food served by local food trucks.

The annual Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival will be held April 27 and 28, 2024, at Memorial Park. The City of Cupertino and the City of Toyokawa, Japan, have been sister cities since 1978. This is the 40th year of this celebration. The program promotes cultural awareness and friendship between the two cities and an annual student exchange program.

UPCOMING – CITY COUNCIL – Tues, Apr. 16, 2024, 6:45 p.m., Regular Meeting; 10:00 Closed Session

Agenda and Presentations

The sole Ceremonial Item is Recognition of National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, 2024. Postponements include Fiscal Year 2024-25 Fee Schedule continued to May 7, 2024. The Consent Calendar contains eight routine items. 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. 11: Potential service-level reductions for the FY 2024-25 Proposed and Final Budgets. Initial proposals for potential budget cuts included a broad swath of possibilities, including shifting responsibility for residential sidewalks and street trees maintenance to residents, similar to some cities. Upon deeper examination, staff is now recommending lengthening the maintenance cycle for trees from seven to ten years, as well as grinding sidewalk uplifts, rather than shifting maintenance responsibility.

Item No. 12: Study Session and staff presentation on the 6th Cycle Housing Element Update. The staff presentation summarizes this multi-year process and the outcomes.  The complete Housing Element documents are available here.

Item No. 13: Council Reports (now submitted in written form) are provided by all council members. Councilmember Chao’s reports continue to be off-topic and unrelated to her role as a member of the City Council.

Closed Session: Conference with legal counsel – existing litigation pursuant to Government Code § 54956.9 (Lewis & Tibbits, Inc. v. City of Cupertino, Santa Clara County Superior Court Case No. 23CV423990). This appears to be a dispute over construction work.

RECAP – Planning Commission – Tues., April 9 ,  2024, 6:45 p.m., Regular Meeting

YouTube:  43 min. 

Agenda and Presentations
Sole action item was Review of the Fiscal Year 2024 – 2025 Capital Improvement Program proposal for consistency with the City of Cupertino’s General Plan.  After a brief discussion, the Commission approved 4-0-1, with Mistry absent.

CUPERTINO COURIER: April 12, 2024

The front page photo and article on page 5 is entitled Rooted in tradition: 40th annual event celebrates sister city relationship with Toyokawa, Japan on April 27-28. Community Briefs on page 5 are (1) Earth Day Festival on April 20, (2) Blacksmith shop demo set for April 27 and (3) Habitat restoration. Page 10 is a previously published Mercury News article entitled Council moves ahead with pickleball courts for Memorial Park. The sole legal notice is a bid invitation for the all-inclusive playground at Jollyman Park.

Warm regards,
Jean Bedord
Cupertino Matters
Publisher and Editor