Measure D profits Vallco owners only

When I read Mayor Richard Lowenthal's letter (Courier, Oct. 10), I deeply feel that the mayor does not tell the whole story of Measure D.

At the end of 2004, city council approved rezoning allowing Vallco owners to build 204 condos for the purpose of revitalization. Less than two years later, when the condos are not yet under construction, Vallco owners come back and ask for another 137 condos.

On Jan. 30, 2006, at the city council meeting, Vallco owner Emily Chen stated very clearly that 137 condos (Measure D) was for their investors' own profit. In other words, 137 condos (Measure D) has nothing to do with Vallco's revitalization. Why should all Cupertino residents sacrifice quality living and overcrowded schools and traffic jams to ensure Vallco owners millions of dollars?

The mayor stated at the council meeting that the location of 137 condos is bad for residents to live. Why does the mayor support building condos at a terrible location?

Vallco owners are busy taking valuable commercial land and turning it into high-density condo projects. It seems likely that Vallco owners don't want any more future expansion. Why? So far, residents have only heard about an AMC theater and restaurants. Where are the retail stores to attract shoppers? No one knows.

Vallco is a retail shopping mall, not a condo mall. Cupertino residents expect to shop at retail mall, not at 341 condos-mall. Vote no on Measure D.

Mary Lin
Cupertino Courier Letters
Wednesday, October 18, 2006