Cupertino Planning Commission Chair and Former Mayor
to Cupertino City Council
2018, when a 4-1 resident-focused Majority on City Council
was elected, and a 5-0 resident focused Planning
Commission was appointed, Cupertino has made tremendous
• We passed a height limit on
Vallco, so if the SB-35 project does not move forward any
new project will be limited in height (Mayor Paul and I
tried to pass this in 2017, prior to SB-35 taking effect,
but the three developer-controlled City Council members
voted against objective standards for Vallco)
We stopped the terrible "Tier 2" Vallco project and forced
the Vallco property owner to increase the amount of
Below-Market-Rate Housing to 50%.
• We mandated that the toxic contamination at the Vallco
site be mitigated prior to construction permits being
issued (the property owner has yes to submit a proper Site
Management Plan to the County Department of Environmental
• We hired an awesome new City Attorney, Chris Jensen,
after anti-resident, developer-funded, YIMBY activists
forced out City Attorney Randall Hom (costing Cupertino
• We have hired two excellent City Managers, Deb Feng and
current City Manager Pamela Wu.
• We approved a much better project at The Oaks than the
property owner originally proposed.
• We completed the Site Selection for the Sixth Cycle
Housing Element with plenty of margin should some projects
not be built.
• We acquired land at Lawrence Mitty and are planning to
turn that land into suitable parkland.
• We are moving forward with the revitalization of
• We funded the new library program room expansion, which
is now complete and operating.
achieved the lowest Covid infection rate in Santa Clara
The City Council passed a lobbyist registration ordinance
that requires paid lobbyists to register with the City
before meeting privately with council members,
commissioners, or City staff. This so upset one
special interest group, that promotes dark money and
abhors transparency, that they filed a lawsuit against
Cupertino to oppose paid lobbyist registration.
The City Council has restored Cupertino's reputation as a
City that advocates for Local Control, Affordable Housing,
Under the Current City Leadership, Control of the City has Been Taken Away from Developers and Financially Motivated Special Interest Groups that Seek to Exploit Cupertino for their Own Financial Gain.
Cupertino Must Not Go Backward to the Days of Cronyism, Fraud, and Abuse. We must continue to move Cupertino forward.
Darcy Paul Endorses Steven Scharf!
Darcy Paul Endorses Steven Scharf in the 2022
I’ve been following this
election closely. I think that most of the candidates
are sincere. But in my opinion if you examine the
field closely, study the candidates, what they say,
and what they have done, then there’s a very clear
choice with regard to who does the work and does it
with integrity while applying experience and
dedication towards improving our community, by
understanding the issues. These individuals take
actions that benefits residents—not outside interests
seeking to exploit Cupertino for financial gain. I've
looked at websites and I've listened very closely to
what the candidates have been saying. I have thought
about all this in the context of the approaches the
candidates have taken over the years. And that’s why,
when I consider all the factors, I am going to be
v̶̶oting for Liang Chao, Steven Scharf and Govind
Tatachari in the 2022 Cupertino City Council
Commission Chair and Former Mayor Steven Scharf
Sierra Club Endorsement*
I was pleased to accept the 2020 endorsement of the Loma Prieta
Chapter of the Sierra Club. I joined the Sierra Club in 1980, days
after moving to California. I led hundreds of trips for the Sierra
Club Activities Sections (Ski Touring, Bicycling, and Sierra
Singles). I met my wife on a Sierra Club Hike from Montebello Open
Space Preserve to Ridge Winery. I also raised thousands of dollars
for the National Sierra Club. While I do not agree with every
position the Sierra Club has, I greatly appreciate their opposition
to legislative efforts to weaken the California Environmental
Quality Act (CEQA). Developers, and the legislators that they fund,
have been mercilessly attacking CEQA because it requires that they
mitigate toxic waste contamination on their sites.
In 2022, the Sierra Club decided to no longer do endorsements in
the Cupertino City Council Election. The Sierra Club endorsement
is from the 2020 Cupertino City Council election.
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