Author: Cupertino Facts

Cupertino Council Majority Moves to Reduce Transparency into Lobbyist Activity

At the July 6, 2023 City Council meeting, three Councilmembers (Wei, Fruen, and Mohan) approved first round changes weakening Cupertino’s lobbyist registration ordinance. The changes include a provision that allows lobbyists who are paid less than $5,000/quarter to avoid publicly disclosing their activity. Councilmembers Moore and Chao opposed the changes. Cupertino’s Lobbyist Ordinance: A Brief […]

Memorial Park Updates: Renovation, Timeline, and What to Expect Next

After a year of research and community outreach, plans for a revitalized Memorial Park are moving closer to completion. The new design will provide recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities, improve upon dated facilities, and increase connectivity with more bikeways and walkways. What’s Changing Many of the park’s new features will occupy space that […]

Simple Explanation of RHNA and Housing Mandates

By Amy KalishMarin Post & Citizen Marin https://marinpost.org/blog/2023/6/10/rhna-and-housing-mandates-made-easy WHAT IS RHNA? RHNA is the Regional Housing Needs Assessment — the number of housing units (a place for at least one person to live) assigned to an area by the state. This happens in eight-year housing cycles, and the allocation numbers are determined by the California […]

Santa Clara District Attorney Finds No Evidence of Council Member Interference with Staffing Decisions

The Santa Clara Office of the District Attorney has found no evidence for a referral accusing current and former Cupertino City Council Members of interfering with staff hiring and firing decisions.  Council Members Kitty Moore and Liang Chao prepare for council meetings by reading the materials and asking questions. They have been accused by the […]

May 13th Newsletter: Cupertino’s Resources Spent Scrutinizing a Prior Council’s Actions, and the Latest Budget Updates

  This month, we continue the ongoing coverage of Cupertino’s budget shortfall. This is a critical time as the City evaluates where to cut expenses, from community services to road maintenance. Your input is key – details below. But as Cupertino’s financial situation worsens, several Council Members have instead chosen to prioritize their time (and public resources) scrutinizing […]

Civil Grand Jury Case Consumes Public Resources Scrutinizing Prior Council’s Actions

From 2018-2022, resident-focused Council Members held a 4-1 majority in Cupertino, ensuring that our local government served the needs and interests of residents first. These Council Members pushed back against those who came to Cupertino intent on maximizing profit with little regard for how their actions impact the people who live here. During 2018-2022, the […]

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