Election 2006: Condo measures rejected

Hundreds, if not thousands, of e-mails and old-fashioned ink signatures on paper helped defeat measures D and E in Cupertino, measures that would have allowed the construction of two multiuse developments combining retail and high-density housing such as condominiums.

More students for Cupertino schools

Cupertino's well-regarded schools once again prove alluring to residential developers on the periphery of the city.

Silverstone Communities, a Redwood City developer, is the latest builder to announce a new project that capitalizes in part on Cupertino's school districts.

"Cupertino's schools and the proximity to jobs are two things that made this site attractive," said Silverstone spokeswoman Linda Bagneschi Dorrance.

Toll Brothers losing interest in NorCal but not in Cupertino tract

Pennsylvania home builder Toll Brothers Inc., an active player across the Bay Area, will push ahead with a contentious and uncertain Cupertino condominium project even as it foregoes other proposed California developments in recognition of a slowing national housing market.

Toll Brothers alerted Wall Street analysts Aug. 22 that it would take a $21.1 million write-off in its third quarter to account for its decision not to move forward on buying an unspecified number of lots that it had previously optioned. Based on industry business practices, $20 million is enough to leverage the acquisition of roughly $400 million worth of land.

Grassroots group tries to stall new development

Judge rules in favor of taking the issue to the voters

Two referendums drafted by a group of Cupertino residents and designed to stop two areas of redevelopment will remain on the November ballot, a Santa Clara County judge ruled July 14.

Cupertino resident Dorothy Stow wanted the referendums disqualified for legal technicalities, but Superior Court Judge William Elfving denied the request.

Housing Projects Divide Cupertino; Opponents Return to Ballot Box.

At a Cupertino City Council meeting in April, Apple Computer guru Steve Jobs announced that the technology giant plans to build a 50-acre campus to complement its existing headquarters across town. As many as 3,500 people would work at the campus at Wolfe Road and the 280 freeway.


Press Release on behalf of (Ms.) Helam Luk and Patty Chi

A legal challenge to stop two rezoning ordinances in Cupertino being put before voters in a referendum was rejected last Friday. Absent further challenges, the ordinances will be put on the ballot for decision by Cupertino voters come November.

Santa Clara Superior Court judge William J. Elfving issued an order Friday after hearing extensive argument from attorneys for proponents and opponents of the proposed referendum petitions. The order denies a request by Cupertino resident Dorothy Stow to have the petitions deleted from the November ballot for alleged failure to follow legal format requirements. [Copy of the court's order.]

More Fun in Condoland

Jack Kerouac once wrote, "You can't fight City Hall. It keeps changing its name." And how true that seems in Cupertino right now, as there seems to be no stopping the city's condo fever. Local resident Patty Chi tried to at least keep it in check by spearheading a petition drive to get two referenda on the local ballot to overturn City Council votes to rezone land and let developer Toll Brothers and Vallco Fashion Park start building condos along Stevens Creek Boulevard.

Emotion's power pilots referendums

You know people are ticked off when they force city government to hold a referendum. They're really mad when they force another one six months later.

``East Cupertino should secede,'' grumbled resident John Callahan. ``Take Highway 85 as the boundary. All you parasites take the other side.''

Welcome to Cupertino civic involvement -- circa 2006.

On Tuesday night, Cupertino's City Council faces a long night and lots of emotion over rezoning commercial land to residential use. Confronted with a 5,000-signature petition gathered in a mere month, the council must decide when to put the issue on the ballot.

Welcome to Condotino

Locals are finding plenty of pitfalls in condo conversion. So why is it the hottest housing trend in Silicon Valley?

THE LANDSCAPE of the Santa Clara Valley has kept an eerie sort of consistency for well over 100 years. New homes were built on top of the orchards along the same basic grid so that, from the air, the houses look like little more than our most recent big crop. And now this crop has changed again, with condos beginning to overtake the suburbs and urban peripheries.

There's a legitimate problem facing those who want to live here: Suburban housing prices and job creation rates are still rising more than a half decade after the dotcom bust, while average incomes are considerably lower than at any time in the late 1990s. What that means is more and more people moving to an area where fewer and fewer can actually afford to live.

San Jose needs to preserve industrial jobs within city limits

San Jose needs to preserve industrial jobs within city limits So much for all the talk about San Jose needing more industry and the good jobs it provides. Tuesday night, the council approved a church next to Mass Precision Sheet Metal, a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week heavy-industrial operation on Oakland Road north of Brokaw. The owner brought documents showing how his insurance and other costs would be affected if a church moved in next door. He says he'll be moving the company to Santa Clara when the lease is up. So long, 400 jobs. So long, diversified economy: Nobody's building new heavy-manufacturing facilities here anymore.

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