Cupertino Matters

 I hope everyone had the opportunity to celebrate Earth Day with the community at the library field this weekend.

In school news, the Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD) Board board will be making a final decision on the trustee area map at the April 24, 2024 Map Hearing (6 p.m. in the Shannon Theatre at Fremont High School). Three maps will be considered for the final decision. Two of these maps are the final recommendation from the Community Trustee Area Districting (CTAD) Committee. The third map was finalized by staff based on work that was unable to be completed at the final CTAD Committee meeting on April 8 on account of disruptive behavior on the part of the public. This final set of draft map scenarios is now available to the community on the Maps webpage 

Addressing necessary service level reductions to meet the $15 million structural budget deficit remains a top priority for city hall. The process involves step-by-step reexamination of all budget items. The Mercury News summarizes the current budgeting situation: Cupertino revisits budget cuts, adds back multiple services:  The City Council voted Tuesday to continue funding some city operations including tree and sidewalk maintenance, that were initially removed by staff when planning the 2024-25 budget. Over the past several months, council has approved staff-recommended budget adjustments to reduce expenses. The most recent adjustment was to add back in tree and sidewalk maintenance as articulated in the San Jose Spotlight

The city has achieved a major milestone in compliance with state housing laws, as noted in the Mercury News: Cupertino hits home run with Housing Element: State approves city’s 8-year development plan.  While the state Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has blessed the city’s Housing Element to facilitate the construction of 4,588 new homes through 2031, the city still has to rezone areas identified in the plan in order to reach full compliance, become eligible for grant funding programs, and avoid court process. The Housing Commission will take up the Housing Element as a study session item at its April 25 meeting and a Planning Commission Special Meeting on Monday, April 29, 6:45 will then follow. The City Council is expected to take up adoption of the Housing Element in May.

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 – Planning Commission – Mon., April 29, 2024, 6:45 p.m., Special Meeting

The agenda has not yet been posted, but is expected to consist entirely of the Housing Element adoption and related rezonings.

CANCELED – Planning Commission – Tues., April 23, 2024, 6:45 p.m., Regular Meeting

 

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

YouTube: 3 hr. 2 min. (Adjourned at 9:45 p.m for Closed Session)

Agenda and Presentations

Councilmember Liang Chao needlessly pulled three items from the Consent Calendar, which included second readings of two previously approved items. Concilmember Chao objected to the standard “best efforts” to source building materials locally Instead, she proposed a much more invasive sourcing requirement that would have increased the cost of building either hotel and would have terminally delayed both projects.

Item No.6: Adoption of Ordinance No. 24-2258, Amendment to a Development Agreement for the Cupertino Village Boutique Hotel Project from five to eight years and associated environmental review. (Application No(s): DA-2023-002; Applicant(s): KIMCO (Sunil Plaha); Location: 10801 and 10805 N. Wolfe Rd.  and

Item No. 7 Adoption of Ordinance No. 24-2259, Amendment to a Development Agreement for the De Anza Hotel Project from five to eight years and associated environmental review. (Application No(s): DA-2023-003; Applicant(s): De Anza Properties (John Vidovich); Location: 10931 N De Anza Blvd. After discussion, both items were approved unanimously.

Consent Item No.9: Approve a fifth amendment with Moore Iacofano Goltsman, Inc. (MIG) to provide additional design and project management services for the Lawrence-Mitty Park and Trail Project for a total not-to-exceed amount of $955,403 and extend the contract date to December 31, 2027, was not considered due to the fixed 10:00 p.m. Closed Session start time and was therefore continued to the next council meeting.

Item No. 11: Potential service-level reductions for the FY 2024-25 Proposed and Final Budgets. The primary focus at this meeting was adjustments to service level reductions presented at the Jan. 17, 2024 council meeting. Staff recommended retaining city maintenance of trees and sidewalks–the most controversial items–but adjusting the service levels. Other adjustments brought the total reductions to $8,999,836. After discussion, the staff recommendation was approved 5-0.

Item No. 12: Study Session and staff presentation on the 6th Cycle Housing Element Update. Following a lengthy staff presentation, the council expressed their appreciation to staff for their work in getting HCD approval for the Housing Element. Guidance from HCD was that any changes to the document–unless they were intended to be more ambitious–would invalidate their approval. The next step to final compliance is adoption and rezoning which will come before council in May. Complete Housing Element documents are available here.

CUPERTINO COURIER: April 19, 2024

The front page photo and article on page 5 is entitled Sustainable art by seniors: Environmentally friendly artwork is centerpiece for Earth Day event at The Forum at San Antonio. An additional article on page 5 covers the Housing Element green light from HCD: State approves Cuperitno’s housing plan: Amid delays and lawsuits, the city submitted proposal to add units during the next decade. Community Briefs on page 5 are (1) Teen commission seeks recruits, (2) Weed abatement season is here and (3) Spring Dance Festival. Page 10 is a previously published Mercury News article entitled Council moves ahead with pickleball courts for Memorial Park. The sole legal notice is Notice of Public Hearing Fiscal Year 2024-25 Fee Schedule to be heard at city  council on May 7, 2024.

Warm regards,
Jean Bedord
Cupertino Matters
Publisher and Editor