How can you make your voice heard?
The public is allowed to comment at any scheduled meeting including all council and commission meetings including subcommittees, and readers are encouraged to provide their opinion. Even closed sessions allow public comment before the meeting begins. Readers are encouraged to speak at council meeting, either at Oral Communications on any topic, or on specific agenda items. Speakers have three minutes, and coaching is available! You will should introduce yourself and have a clear statement of your position.
Agendas for meetings are at https://cupertino.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx This site also has agendas for previous meetings, approved minutes, presentations and written communications from the public. The planning commission and parks and recreation meetings frequently have attendees from the public, particularly on controversial subjects. The full list of commissions is available at cupertino.org/our-city/commissions.
As with all matters, feel free to voice your opinions to individual councilmembers, the council as a whole, the city manager, and the city clerk in order to have your thoughts and views heard. Note that emails to city council as a whole are forwarded to the city manager, whereas emails to individual councilmembers are not. Clearly include in your subject line the topic or agenda item on which you are commenting.
Key email addresses for you to send your comments:
- Interim City Manager Greg Larson: email@example.com
- City Clerk Kirsten Squarcia: firstname.lastname@example.org
- City Council (will also send a copy to the City Manager): email@example.com
- Mayor Steven Scharf: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice-Mayor Darcy Paul: email@example.com
- Councilmember Liang Chao: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Councilmember Rod Sinks: email@example.com
- Councilmember Jon Willey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you read something in Cupertino Matters that frustrates or perhaps invigorates you? Consider taking action by joining these various organizations.
Cupertino for All is a Cupertino-based progressive organization focused on the housing crisis, creating real meaningful transit options, promoting responsible and sustainable governance. CFA seeks to create a more inclusive city with affordable housing options and increased accessibility — ultimately in the name of social justice and the belief in a collective good.
Walk-Bike Cupertino‘s mission is to make bicycling and walking safe and easy in our community. WBC endorses projects in Cupertino’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Plans, communicates community support to Cupertino city leaders, encourages education and active recreation, and promotes active transportation to schools and work.
For maps, data, information on walking and biking projects in Cupertino, and much more, go to to walkbikecupertino.org.