Sunday, November 23, 2014

Rally Against the City Council Plan

Rally Against the City Council Plan
Information Workshop - Bread and Circuses
Correction and Summary
The holidays are upon us. To all a happy and wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. Enjoy the warmth of your families and your personal family traditions, whatever they may be. Take a day off from the issues of Cupertino, because, ultimately, it is family and friends that matter.

Welcome to all the new subscribers. We will soon be posting an archive of all past newsletters to help you catch up on the information stream that has been flowing.

It is good to know you are actually reading these updates and correcting our errors. Keep up the good work, and lets strive to keep the information we provide as accurate and reliable as possible.

Upcoming Events for all to keep in mind -
- The Memorial Ride set for November 26, 2014 3:45 - 4:45 pm
      Meeting point is Monte Vista High School
- Rally in front of City Hall - Tuesday Dec 2, 2014 at 6 pm
      Let's make sure there is a massive turnout. Bring kids. Let them see what civic duty means, and how the City Council so blatantly ignores our requests.
Talk to your neighbors. Get them involved. It is their city too.
- City Council meeting - Tuesday Dec 2, 6:45 pm. GPA discussion
      Last discussion lasted till 5 am. Let's make sure this one lasts longer. Every resident has the right to speak. Let us make the message clear:
- No Housing allocation in Vallco. 
- No Rezoning of Vallco
- Spread the housing allocation evenly over the whole city
- Do not approve the GPA until the housing element is defined.
What "We the People" will learn from this session is whether our city council actually listens to us, or if they are firmly at the service of the developers.

This is our city. They are our City Council. To keep it ours we must show up in huge numbers, and be forceful in getting our message across. We have seen the city council do everything in their power to prevent us from stating our concerns. They can only ignore us if we let them ignore us. Be seen, be heard, make your presence known. Do not allow City Council to become a developers council. Force it to be the people's council.

There are some important updates to the website you should all be aware of. We have added a myth busters page - Facts the city council does not want you to know. Read them, do your own verification of the facts. Your city representatives have been working overtime providing misinformation.

The lists on the home page still have their hyperlinks. It is just a small redesign for better aesthetics and ease of updating.

From Previous Newsletters:

The one major error we made in our summary of the Bread and Circuses Workshop held by the city council:

The city doesnt think it is a problem that the Sand Hill group changed the approved senior housing in the Main Street to apartments.  The city does not seem to mind subsidizing the developers.
(corrected from Rose Bowl in the original newsletter. Thanks to the many who caught that error)

We would like to thank Panera Bread for the Bread, and the city council for the Circus.  There was an excellent and vocal turnout. Well done, all of you who participated. The message given was that the city council wants our inputs. We gave them our inputs. 
- No Housing allocation in Vallco.
- No Rezoning of Vallco
- Spread the housing allocation evenly over the whole city

The school districts told us they are happy with the growth.
The highest rate of growth is in Cupertino High School, where city council wishes to place the bulk of housing. This does not bother the school district at all.

City Council wants to write a blank check to the Vallco Developers. There is no need for a plan. The city council seems to believe that Sand Hill group will do a great job.

The San Jose Mercury News is starting to pay attention. We want the media reporting on this as much as possible, and for them to get involved they need to see that this topic as real impact. Go to their internal affairs web page and post your opinions. As the number of posts there increases, the editors and publishers will recognize there is a story here in Cupertino. The higher the visibility, the less City Council can hide behind the developers, the more they will have to support the desires of the residents.

Keep up the good work. Keep up the good fight!

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