Cupertino Matters

The city’s financial challenges dominate the budget cycle for 2024-25. This week, there will be a series of community meetings to engage residents on potential service level reductions to meet the $15 million structural budget deficit. See full details, as well as a recording of Community Budget Meeting #1:

Community Engagement Booths (No registration required)
Saturday, April 6 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In front of Cupertino library
Friday, April 12 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In front of Cupertino library
Saturday, April 20 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cupertino Library Field (At Earth and Arbor Day Festival)
Community Budget Focus Groups (Registration)*
Tuesday, April 9 9 to 10:30 a.m. Cupertino City Hall, Conf Room C
Tuesday, April 9 Noon to 1:30 p.m. Quinlan Community Center, Conf Room
Wednesday, April 10 4:30 to 6 p.m. Cupertino Library, Room 101

Community Budget Meeting #2 on  Thursday, April 11th from 5:00 PM to 6:30PM in person and Zoom.  Community input is invaluable in guiding these decisions, so join the community and share your thoughts on what matters most. Click here to join via zoom. If unable to attend the meeting, it will be recorded.

The April 3 city council meeting was well attended with the chamber filled with pickleball enthusiasts presenting their case for dedicated pickleball courts in the redesigned Memorial Park Specific Plan. This is the conceptual design; the next step, the detailed design, is not funded, so the city will be applying for grants and identifying other funding sources to proceed. Implementation would occur in phases. The Mercury News covered the decision in “Cupertino moves ahead with pickleball courts for Memorial Park re-design,” as did the San Jose Spotlight: here.

Transportation is also in the news as Sunnyvale considers joining Cupertino and Santa Clara to offer citywide low cost rideshare service via the SV Hopper, which would significantly benefit FUHSD high school students and seniors. From the Mercury News: Sunnyvale wants to roll out affordable rideshare app for residents: City Council recently applied for state and federal funding to help create a local rideshare service

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

Agenda and Presentations

Other than approval of the minutes for the last meeting, the sole action item is Review of the Fiscal Year 2024 – 2025 Capital Improvement Program proposal for consistency with the City of Cupertino’s General Plan. The city council considered the CIP program  at its March 19, 2024 meeting. This is a pro forma review to ensure proposed projects conform to the General Plan. Commissioners may comment on the proposal, but cannot make modifications.

RECAP – CITY COUNCIL – Wed, Apr. 3, 2024, 6:45 p.m., Regular Meeting: 5:15 Study Session

YouTube: Part 1 – 1 hr. 26 min; Part 2 – 3 hr. 31 min. (Ended 10:25 p.m.)

Agenda and Presentations

Study Session 

Item No. 1: Two-year FY 2023-2025 City Work Program. Public comment centered around the Bicycle Pedestrian Commission recommendations for a more comprehensive approach to Active Transportation and Complete Streets. Some discussion also centered on suggested items from the Planning Commission. Most of the projects on the list were adopted by the council in April 2023 as part of a two-year program. Staff committed to providing informational updates relevant to most of the Planning Commission suggestions. After discussion, Vice-Mayor Fruen moved to adopt staff recommendations and to expand the scope of the updated Bike Ped Plan and Vision Zero to include the consolidated transportation items–Complete Streets and Active Transportation. Councilmember Chao proposed a substitute motion which would have added 8 more items. This motion failed on a 2-3 vote. Council then approved Fruen’s original motion  4-1 with Chao voting nay.

Regular Session

Public Hearings: Public comment supported the requests to extend development agreements from five years to eight years for the two previously approved hotels. Both applicants want to move forward depending on construction costs, as well as supply chain factors, with the expectation that hotel occupancy will improve in the next few years. If these hotels are built, they would provide millions of dollars in transient occupancy taxes (TOT) to the City of Cupertino. The agreements are substantially the same as each other.

Item No. 7: 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.; APN: 316 45 017, 316 05 056). After discussion, the item was approved unanimously.

Item No. 8: Amendment to a Development Agreement (DA-2018-01) 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.; APN: 326-10-061). After discussion, the item was approved unanimously.

Item No.9: Memorial Park Specific Plan Design and the Parks and Recreation System Master Plan Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration Addendum. Extensive public comment centered around the proposed dedicated pickleball courts, dominated by proponents citing the growing popularity of the sport and the community aspect. The major complaint focused on noise, though the decibel level of adjoining Stevens Creek Boulevard is higher, per the environmental studies performed for the project. This issue would be further addressed in the implementation phase, which is dependent on identifying funding. Readers may want to  read the presentation overview and the complete report. After deliberation, Council approved 5-0.

CUPERTINO COURIER: April 5, 2024

The front page photo and article on page 5 is entitled Reconnect with ‘Kooza’: Cirque du Soleil show coming to Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Community Briefs on page 5 are (1) Budget engagement for public input for the city budget, and (2) Helping neighbors rebuild. Page 8 is an article entitled Staff shortages district Bay Area school kitchens: state survey finds vacancy rate of crew is 3 times higher than teachers. This issue impacts meals at CUSD and FUHSD. Page 10 features the previous Mercury News coverage of the city’s accounting error in paying off legal defense services out of the affordable housing fund. Legal notices are (1) Bid invitation for all-inclusive playground at Jollyman Park, (2) Public Hearing for Fiscal Year 2024-25 Fee Schedule to be heard at city council on April 16, 2024.

Warm regards,
Jean Bedord
Cupertino Matters
Publisher and Editor