Cupertino Matters

 

June is known for graduations and weddings.  Congratulations to all.

Budgets are on government agendas for the city, our schools, the county and the state. The city of Cupertino approved its final budget at the council meeting on June 4, thus allowing the staff to finalize the documents and publish the final budget by the July 1 deadline for the next fiscal year. A San Jose Spotlight article highlights the outcome: Cupertino officials shrink multimillion-dollar shortfall

At the state level, the budget is still in flux, with the legislature facing a June 15 deadline to pass a balanced budget, which must be negotiated and approved by both the Assembly and the Senate. The estimated deficit is projected to be $28 billion which will be covered by spending cuts and shifting funds. State budget adjustments will continue through the summer as the governor makes additional adjustments.

Locally, the Cupertino Union School District (CUSD) budget presented at their regular board meeting on June 5, 2024, explicitly states “Staff presents the District’s proposed 2024-25 Budget for Board review and discussion. Please note that the State budget has not yet been adopted; therefore, the District’s proposed 2024-25 budget is based on the Governor’s May Revise and will have to be modified once the State’s budget is adopted.”

UPCOMING – Planning Commission- Tues., June 11, 2024, 6:45 p.m., Regular Meeting

Agenda and Presentations

The sole action item is Item No. 2:  Municipal Code, Specific Plan, Below Market Rate Mitigation Manual and Zoning Map Amendments related to implementing the 6th Cycle Housing Element (Application No.(s): MCA-2023-001, SPA-2023-001, CP-2024-002, Z-2024-001, EA-2024-001; Applicant: City of Cupertino; Location: city-wide)   On April 10, 2024, the State of California’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) informed the City that the draft Housing Element submitted to HCD on March 28  met the statutory requirements of state law, subject to the completion of rezoning of the sites that are listed in the Housing Element as Priority Housing Sites.

Even though the City adopted its Housing Element on May 14, the rezoning of Priority Housing Sites at the densities specified in the Housing densities specified in the Housing Element must be completed in order to come into compliance with state law. Changes include new (1) Multiple-family Residential Zones (R-4), (2) Townhome Combining District (TH) and (3) Emergency shelters.  In addition, amendments must be made to the Municipal Code, Heart of the City Specific Plan, and the BMR Mitigation Manual to  bring the City into compliance with state law.  Readers may review the changes .

Compliance with state housing law averts the City’s potential loss of land use local control, exposure to litigation, and other regulatory limitations resulting from not having a compliant Housing Element (i.e. Builders Remedy applications) . The rezoning and related actions also allow internal consistency between policy documents and a seamless implementation of the policies in the Housing Element.

RECAP- CITY COUNCIL – Tues., June 4, 2024, 6:45 p.m., Regular Meeting; 6:00 p.m., Closed Session

YouTube: 2 hr. 53 min.

Agenda and Presentations

Several items on the Consent Calendar were challenged. Councilmember Liang Chao made a motion to continue Item.No. 8 Construction contract and a proposed amendment to the design consultant agreement and construction management services for the All-Inclusive Playground at Jollyman Park project  and Item No. 9  Approve an agreement with the City of San Jose to provide animal management services for a not-to-exceed amount of $330,730 for fiscal year 2024-2025, $343,959.20 for fiscal year 2025-2026, and $357,717.57 for fiscal year 2026-2027, for a total of $1,032,406.70, and delegate authority to the City Manager to award contract extensions through June 30, 2033, depending on approved budget and acceptable services to the next meeting. This motion was defeated 2-3 with Fruen, Mohan and Wei voting nay. The Consent calendar was then approved unanimously, with the exception that Moore voted nay on Items 8 and 9, and Chao abstained on Items 8 and 9.

Councilmember Kitty Moore pulled Item No. 7, Law Enforcement Contract Extension with the County of Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office so this was considered after the public hearings. Councilmembers Moore and Chao were dissatisfied with the accounting classification of Apple reimbursement for sheriff’s costs as “donation”. There were no changes in the original contract approved fall, 2023, but the county has requested a shorter contract period to reevaluate the financials. After discussion, approved 5-0.

Item No. 13: Approve the renewal (with no increase) of the 1992 Storm Drain Fee and renewal of the 2019 Clean Water and Storm Protection Fee with a 2.62% increase   Discussion on this item was minimal.  Approved unanimously.

Item No. 12: Consider the Recommended Operating and Capital Improvement Program Budgets for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024-25, adoption of the Operating and Capital Improvement Program Budgets for FY 2024-25, establishment of the Appropriation Limit, and related actions. The discussion of the 17-page staff report and 9 attachments was minimal, mostly centered around the minimal support provided by the city to community festivals. Vice-Mayor moved approval of the staff recommended $90,041,794 budget for General Fund Expenditures and seconded by Councilmember Wei.  Councilmember Chao proposed a friendly amendment to add citizens of Cupertino back into the organization chart for the final document. This was accepted by Fruen, and the motion was approved unanimously.

CUPERTINO COURIER: June 7, 2024

The front-page photo and article on page 4 is entitled Gearing up for classroom: Nonprofit seeks volunteers and donors for annual Back-To-School event, sponsored by West Valley Community Services. Community Briefs on page 4 include (1) Back to school and (2) Summer reading program. Page 8 is a previously published Mercury News article about Vallco entitled Cupertino’s largest-ever housing project nears startThe Rise’s eventual completion will help Cupertino reach its goal to add more than 4,500 new homes by 2031. The sole legal notice is a hearing on June 19 of the Cupertino Sanitary District to set fees for Fiscal 2024-25.

Warm regards,
Jean Bedord
Cupertino Matters
Publisher and Editor