Panel just starting with Better Cupertino.
Councilmember Scharf already spoke with me about how renters are less involved in the community. Thinks there's a real problem with families renting just to get their kids into the school district, and then leaving when they graduate.
"I too want housing.
...I don't have any monetary stake in the game...Look inside yourself and see to the degree that you have interests..."
Homeowner Mayor Darcy Paul implies housing activists are paid shills in his opening statement.
We probably shouldn't build a lot more Office, but "Office does tend to help your economic basis for your schools. ...it might make sense from a dollar and cents perspective."
Mayor Paul outlines exactly the messed up incentives for cities to block housing and allow office.
Cupertino residents report they are dissatisfied with the "shopping environment."
Better Cupertino is asking the right questions, y'all. It's not a #HousingCrisis , it's a SHOPPING CRISIS!
I heard a rumor that density was good for small businesses...
Planning Commissioner Don Sun smartly outlines that 100% shopping areas aren't making sense anymore.
People are ordering more online, and the shops we go to are for experience.
Mayor Paul and Councilmember Scharf are holding fast to the idea that any mall can come back.
Moderator: "People don't want higher density development."
You mean housing secure residents of Cupertino where the average home is worth $2.2M and where they're worried about "those people" entering their school district?
Councilmember Scharf says the solution to the housing problem is to build better transit.
Ignores that transit in the Bay Area is surrounded by low density housing. Which is what he wants to perpetuate.
Cupertino Mayor Paul says, "We need to incentivize both [transit and housing], and not make it compulsory."
Wants carrots and not sticks.
Mayor Paul: "Our region is divided into jurisdictions. And if one jurisdiction is doing it's part, then well...
I think we need to do what's right for Cupertino."
This is literally why we can't have nice things.
Scharf says, "Buses are not going to solve this.
...We're going to have to do something about the demand side."
But somehow doesn't seem to be advocating for congestion pricing.
"It's quite easy to day we support mass transit because it's other people's tax money, not ours.
Within our reach, we can make some collective effort to solve our transit issues. As a city... We can share our responsibility to create better transit."
- Commissioner Sun
Question on #SB827 from moderator is the most amazing thing ever:
Singapore and Vietnam have socialism, so don't have these problems... somethingsomething... Block chain...Fractional ownership of housing means someone from Nigeria can, through technology companies buy housing...
"Given all this, block chain, fractional ownership (does he mean shares?)
...and that we want people who live here to own the house, we don't want people elsewhere owning it and residents paying rent..."
Crowd is super hostile to renters. On many levels.
"It is food to have local control. We haven't been completely irresponsible in Cupertino," says Mayor Paul.
This isn't one of those cases where the city DELIBERATELY "made approvals that haven't resulted in housing."
Cupertino Mayor Paul says it's totally not the same as those other places that have permitted housing they knew wouldn't be built. Just because that's what happened...
"Its a state-wide bill. I personally support that bill, I know it's not very popular in this house..."
YIMBYs are out in force and break into loud applause!
"We need to have a broader perspective.
My child was born in this city. She cannot return here. She works for Americorps and cannot afford it.
We need to think not only just affordable housing, which we need, but also all kinds of housing."
- Commissioner Sun
"You see it in Hong Kong, in Manhattan, you build more housing and it doesn't bring down the cost of housing."
Flat Earther Councilmember Scharf says that building market rate housing has no impact on prices.
"I've been on a waiting list for 8 years. I can't wait any longer, I'm going to become homeless. I don't qualify for Affordable Housing. I don't qualify for any of that. I just need a place to live, a place to contribute."
Cupertino Mayor Paul changes his tune, saying that maybe there should be sticks.
"We have to hold every jurisdiction responsible. ...Doesn't make sense to hold a "relatively smaller jurisdiction" like Cupertino" to build so much.
"What do you think you owe the next generation?"
Crowd loses their shit.
"We don't owe you ANYTHING."
"Where do you live?!?"
"Where are you FROM?"
"TELL US WHERE YOU LIVE."
"Why do you think you have a right to live here?!?"
Woman from the crowd shouts that we should ask people to show their ID's to prove where they are from before they speak.
Councilmember Scharf says, "We don't owe you ANYTHING."
Room claps loudly.
Scharf talks about how when he was young, he saves and didn't expect to be able to live in any place he liked.
"You don't address the crisis by building housing...
We need Affordable Housing. You have to finance it somehow...
...My kids will not be able to live in Cupertino. Because they cannot afford it. It's the way it is."
- Councilmember Scharf
Pro-housing speaker who works at Apple and can't afford to live in Cupertino, talks about how "luxury" is a factor of demand for housing.
"I grew up in the Pittsburgh, where million dollar homes with marble cratered in value."
On #SB827: "If you don't do something now, you're going to end up losing your local control.
...renters are a growing political force, and they will take this from you."
Apple worker who can't afford to live in Cupertino:
"I don't want to be on the highway every day. I would live in Cupertino if it wasn't so expensive."
"People who are paid minimum wage - working at the shopping mall you hope to bring back - need to have the ability to live nearby."
"I don't live in Cupertino yet, I'm on the market right now."
Very frustrated and sad about it.
"In the second half of the 20th century, a house cost about 4 years of wages; now in Cupertino it's more like 16 times Cupertino's median household wage of $140k."
Critical point made about the generational inequity taking place.
Overheard an older pro-housing woman, speaking sympathetic:
"This really is generational warfare."
"I bought in Cupertino 40 years ago at $11k... we don't owe you anything."
"There are a lot of racist policies that keep out black and brown and disabled and poor people. You need to recognize what's actually going on here."
"How can you say things are ok on this island [of Cupertino], when this problem is statewide?"
Resident of Cupertino 6 years who is concerned #ShoppingCrisis doesn't think that building all retail at Vallco will cause traffic.
A "thriving mall" might attract some cars... Just saying...