Tuesday, August 30, 2016

BC-News: Fight Against Bullying by Developer-Employed former Council Members

** Urgent Request: Immediate action appreciated. **
Fight Against Bullying by Developer-Employed former Council Members
     - Don't Let Sand Hill Censor Our Ballots! Again.

Dear Cupertino Area Residents,

On August 25, 2016, two former Cupertino Council Members, employed by the developer to promote Vallco office park Initiative, filed a lawsuit to try to censor voters' arguments about Measure C from the November ballot. Measure C is formerly Cupertino Citizens' Sensible Growth (CCSG) Initiative, submitted by citizens to encourage sensible growth for the citizens of Cupertino and to give citizens a voice in the future direction of growth in Cupertino.
  • One plaintiff is a paid consultant of Vallco’s developer, Sand Hill Property Co. (SHP), and the other is the paid Public Affairs Manager for Vallco.
  • Besides these two individuals, other former Cupertino Council Members have also been actively lobbying and promoting the massive office park at Vallco in a competing Measure D, sponsored by Developer SHP.

The CCSG Initiative (now Measure C) gives the decision power for the future direction of growth back to the Cupertino voters. Unlike citizens in other cities overflowing with massive developments, Cupertino voters have a chance this November to make a choice:
Sensible Growth versus Growth determined by City Council and special interests.

We need to protect our right to make such a choice without interference from developers and their lobbyists. The City Council already adopted a misleading and deceptive ballot question for CCSG Initiative following requests of SHP’s attorneys. Now the developer-employed former Council Members are suing the grassroots citizens to silence them again. Enough is enough!

Let’s stand up together with the supporters of CCSG Initiative.
Their actions represent people power, at the core of American culture. When facing strong opposition, we don’t give up and we fight back.

  • If you support their actions to advocate for true community engagement, please donate to show your support.
  • If you appreciate their dedication to fight against powerful and resourceful developers against all odds, please donate to show your appreciation.
  • If you want to send a message to City Council that citizens' voices matter, please donate to give your voice power.

If you stand by and let other citizens be bullied by developers and their attorneys, who will be bullied next? You and me, who simply want Cupertino to retain its charm and lifestyle.
The massive office park at Vallco is just a beginning. There are 7 other projects waiting to be approved or to submit their proposals.

Cupertino residents. Do we get pushed aside by big developers who spend millions to force more and more massive projects down our throat? Let’s stand up and say
Enough is enough!

Let's take our city back. Donate and volunteer at BetterCupertino.org.

Paid for by Yes on C for Citizens. No on D for Developer. Committee supporting Cupertino Citizens’ Sensible Growth Initiative, PO Box 1132, Cupertino, CA 95015, FPPC# 1381645.

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