A Letter to the Cupertino City Council: Approve the Vallco Citizen’s Advisory Committee

 

Residents for a United Cupertino believe that the City Council's proposed Vallco Citizen’s Advisory Committee (VCAC) can be a vehicle for providing valuable community input to both the Owner and the City as well as to HEAL our divided Community.

 

 

Residents for a United Cupertino believe that the City Council's proposed Vallco Citizen’s Advisory Committee (VCAC) can be a vehicle for providing valuable community input to both the Owner and the City as well as to HEAL our divided Community.

 

If the VCAC follows the process similar to the very successful mediation of the Lynbrook School District dispute, a result that was universally deemed non-partisan, transparent, and community-driven, it will provide confidence to the Community that the outcome is legitimate. After the intense debate of the Initiatives C and D, both of which failed, a VCAC could provide the much-needed RECONCILIATION for the community.

 

The residents for a United Cupertino acknowledge the difficult political environment the Council finds itself. As such, if the Council will seek to empanel a Vallco Citizen’s Advisory Committee (VCAC), this Committee must provide an outcome that is acceptable to Citizenry, the Council, and the Owner. Anything less will be a failure and waste of taxpayer dollars.

 

To ensure that it is successful, the residents for a United Cupertino propose the following principles for success:

 

1. For CREDIBILITY: Council must NOT POLITICIZE the process by participating in any way such as overseeing selection of members, the rules, or the mediator – your body is by nature political - leave this to the professional City Staff.

 

2. FOR SUCCESS: Council MUST FULLY FUND the needs of this CAC. Each week Vallco is status quo, the City loses $100,000 per week in potential revenue.

 

3. FOR SUCCESS: The Process MUST BE THOROUGH AND EXPEDIENT to ensure it gets to the bottom of all these complicated topics without being seen as another process for delay or obstruction.

 

4. FOR THE BEST OUTCOME: Council must ensure that whatever the outcome, the recommended RESULTS ARE BINDING and without dispute.

 

Surprisingly, "Better Cupertino" agrees with us! The proponents of Measure C and "Better Cupertino" promised their voters a Vallco Citizen’s Advisory Committee. In a Courier Editorial, just before the election, Liang Chao promised voters that:

 

“… we can form a Vallco Advisory Committee with residents, developers and the city staff to study various options for Vallco Specific Plan.” Liang Chao Oct 16, 2016

 

We encourage the City Council to fully fund a real Citizen’s Committee that can credibly speak for the Residents of Cupertino and ensures a successful outcome for what can be the Heart of Cupertino.

 

 

Residents for a United Cupertino

 

 

 

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