Current City Councilmembers

Mayor Steven Scharf

Vice Mayor Darcy Paul

Councilmember Rod Sinks

Councilmember Liang Chao

Councilmember Jon Willey

About the City Council

Elections and Benefits

Five Council members at-large are elected for overlapping, four-year terms. The election is non-partisan, and is held in November of even numbered years. Once seated, the five Council members themselves elect the Mayor and Vice Mayor for a term of one year. Council members must be registered voters within Cupertino City limits. City Council Ordinance 06-1985 set Council member salaries at $730.24 per month. Members also receive medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits, and may qualify for Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) benefits. Council members typically spend 20-40 hours each week on their responsibilities. 

Council Meetings

Regularly Scheduled City Council Meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of each month beginning at 6:45 p.m. usually lasting until 11:00 p.m., though sometimes much longer. Everyone is welcome to provide public input during Oral Communications, except if communication is regarding an agenda item, in which case public comment is made during that agenda item. Other meetings are also scheduled as necessary, with some meetings closed sessions, or not open to the public. For a complete list of upcoming meetings, click here.

City Work Program

The City’s Work Program guides the major efforts of the City for the upcoming fiscal year. The Work Program ensures that staff efforts are aligned with and driven by the Mayor and Council, and thus, it is assumed, the community. Each year, the staff reports on the progress of the City’s Work Program assignments and, with feedback and ideas proposed at the City Council’s Priority Setting Session, proposes new projects for Council consideration.

Councilmember Disclosure Forms

It is mandatory that candidates for Council provide A Statement of Economic Interest, in which the candidate discloses personal financial information that may create a potential conflict of interest. Several Campaign Disclosure Statements, which disclose funding sources and how the funds were spent are also mandatory. If a candidate raises or spends $2,000 or more, that candidate officially qualifies as a controlled committee, and therefore must file a Form 410, Statement of Organization.  All of these documents are publicly available from the City Clerk’s office for a small copying fee.