Speak Up -- Cupertino Needs New Leadership, Endorse Grassroots Council Candidates

Speak Up -- Cupertino Needs New Leadership, Endorse Grassroots Council Candidates

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A Concerned Cupertino Resident started this petition to Residents of Cupertino

Updated at 00:23 on 09/17/18

To #Registered_Voters_of_Cupertino:

In recent years, the majority of the Cupertino City Council stops listening to the residents who elected them.  They do not honor the wishes of their constituency or duly respond to the pleas from residents to protect and preserve the quality of life in their city.

For example, the Cupertino City Council ignores the will of the majority of the residents who rejected a Vallco re-development plan in 2016 election, known as "Measure D," to substantially cut back of retails-space and to build a huge office park.  The 2016 plan would have taken away the last available large retails-space in the city, worsen the imbalance of office/housing units--thereby significantly exacerbate the housing shortage and traffic overloads. 

Instead, the City Council now elects to side with developer to approve plans that are several times worse than the defeated “Measure D” in terms of the monstrous size, density and height –

  • from “three buildings of 7-story, 120 ft high (143 ft high if including the green roof) and 389 to 800 apartments” in "Measure D."
  • to “more buildings, as high as 170 ft and 2,923 apartments.” in the ever-evolving "Vallco Specific Plan."

The new Vallco plan will have a total eye-popping build-out of 11.5 Million square feet on a 57-acre lot.  For comparison:

It will bring as many as 14,000 daytime workers into Cupertino daily (next to Apple Park’s 14,200 with most of them merely relocating from other Cupertino sites). This spells the end of our quiet suburban life!!

The Vallco re-development, if moving forward, will lead to absolutely unsustainable traffic gridlocks on highways and almost all local streets in the municipality, cause certain stagnation and depletion of city infrastructure support, such as the electricity and water supply shortage, sewage system backup, storm drain blockage, and major increase of maintenance and upgrade costs to the aging systems in Cupertino.  Many of your school-year children will linger in portable modular classrooms as the number of students skyrockets upward.  None of these have been taken into account or made the developer to share any fiscal responsibility to ease the pains.

This is only the tip of the iceberg.  We must have a house-cleaning and bring back the democracy - of the people, by the people and for the people.  Cupertino is in crisis.  The city will inevitably grow, but we need sensible and balanced growth.

We must elect new, competent and caring leaders to the Council in November to give voice and confidence to the residents, and help bring sanity back to the city.  Two grassroots candidates, Dr. Liang Chao (https://www.liang4cupertinocouncil.com/) and Jon Willey P.E. (https://www.jon4democracy.com/) will be on the ballot.

Please sign this petition to endorse Liang and Jon to show your support.  Thank you.

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