Cupertino Matters

Can it really be June? Parks and Recreation activities for summer activities start this week with a concert on Thursday, June 6, at Memorial Park.

In honor of Pride Month during June, the City of Cupertino will host a flag raising ceremony on Friday, June 7 at 3 p.m. in the Civic Plaza, 10350 Torre Avenue. The City invites you to join in celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community.

Progress is continuing at The Rise (formerly Vallco) site, with visible activity expected in the fall, as indicated in a Mercury News article entitled Cupertino’s largest-ever housing project nears construction start: Building prep at the site near I-280 is expected to begin this summer.

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

Agenda and Presentations

The Closed Session is Item No. 1 Conference with legal counsel – existing litigation pursuant to Government Code § 54956.9 (Harshit Sharma et al. v. City of Cupertino, Santa Clara County Superior Court Case No. 22CV39297). This is a fairly common suit lodged against local governments over conditions on the public right-of-way in the event of injury.

The sole Ceremonial Item is a Proclamation recognizing June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month. The Consent Calendar contains ten 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 an item is pulled 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. 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   This is the annual  renewal of property fees to fund the City’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (also known as the Nonpoint Source Program) mandated by the State of California (State) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations implementing the Federal CleanWater Act. These monies are collected on regular tax assessor bills. The 1992 Storm Drain fee is fixed at (1) $12 for single-family residential parcels; (2) $144/acre for multi-family residential, commercial and industrial parcels; and (3) $36/acre for unimproved and recreational parcels. The 2019 Fee varies by property type. It is typically $45.75 for the most common (medium) sized single-family parcel. The CPI increase equates to approximately $1.20/year, and will generate an additional $29,473. The cost of compliance increases each year, and the increase is not sufficient to cover those costs. For FY 2023-24, expenses exceed the revenues generated by the 1992 Fee and the 2019 Fee by approximately $727,613 which was covered by the General Fund. As a result, the city subsidizes these services.

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. This 17-page staff report and 9 attachments conclude the annual budget cycle which requires that a budget be approved by the start of the fiscal year on July 1.  In addition to numerous public information and engagement events, each section was previously presented for council and public feedback at separate study sessions or as an action item, so the final document is a collation of that feedback. Council previously addressed this document in its current form at an initial proposed budget study session two weeks ago. The document now returns as a finalized document for adoption. The General Fund Expenditures are budgeted at $90,041,794. The General Fund Forecast has a discussion of the impact of the loss of $30 million in sales tax revenue due to a state audit of a major sales taxpayer in the city.

Item No. 13: Council Reports, (now submitted in written form) are provided by Mayor Mohan, Vice-Mayor Fruen, Councilmember Moore  and Councilmember Wei. Councilmember Chao did not submit a report at the time the agenda was released.

RECAP – Planning Commission- Tues., May 28, 2024, 6:45 p.m., Regular Meeting

Youtube:  1 hr. 54 min. 

Agenda and Presentations

Item No. 2: Lawrence-Mitty Park and Trail project Final Conceptual Design General Plan Consistency and Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration. Public commenters expressed approval of this project, citing the excellent work of the staff. After discussion, the item was approved unanimously.

Item No. 3: Consider Municipal Code Amendments to Chapter 19.48 (Fences), Chapter 19.08 (Definitions). After limited discussion, primarily around how hedges should be defined, this clean up of the Municipal Code was approved unanimously.

Item No. 4: Sign Exception Permit to consider a ground sign with LED lighting and three wall signs exceeding 200 square feet in an area where only one is allowed at an existing service station. (Application No(s): EXC-2023-010; Applicant(s): Steve Locke; Location: 10490 S De Anza Boulevard; APN: 369 39 042). After discussion of concerns regarding proliferation of lighted signs, the commission voted unanimously to approve (a) one monument sign with LED gas prices, and (b) two unlighted signs on the canopy.

CUPERTINO COURIER: May 31, 2024

The front page photo and article on page 4 is entitled Oasis shines a light: Quarterly pop-up market to feature LGBTQIA community. Community Briefs on page 4 include (1) Sidewalk office hours with Joe Simitian, County Supervisor, and (2) Social transit hub.  Legal notices are (1) Public Hearing for Lawrence- Mitty Park and Trail Project to be heard at the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting on June 11, and (2) Public Hearing on Housing Element Related Zoning and Other Updates.

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Jean Bedord
Cupertino Matters
Publisher and Editor