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Dear Neighbors,      
We are writing to ask you to vote for Liang Chao, Steven Scharf, and Govind Tatachari for Cupertino City Council.

This election will decide whether resident-focused candidates or “special interest” candidates will determine the future of our City. We ask for your vote to continue the progress our resident-focused Council has made in our community over the past four years:

Better Financial Governance                                                             
  • We established policies and procedures to prevent wasteful spending of our tax dollars and embezzlement ($800,000 was stolen by a city employee from 2000–2014).
  • We saved tens of millions of dollars by acquiring a City Hall annex building on Torre Avenue for $4 million instead of building a new City Hall for $80 million. (Both the annex and City Hall will be renovated.)
  • We approved and completed the Cupertino Library expansion under budget. It has dedicated programming, meeting, and study spaces for the community.
  • We saved money and improved legal services by replacing a contract city attorney with a highly qualified in-house city attorney who has extensive land use experience.
Better Quality of Life
  • Parks: We acquired new park land, obtained state funding for an all-inclusive playground, and implemented a Dog Off-Leash Area (DOLA) at Jollyman Park (which had been proposed a decade ago).
  • Traffic: We stopped illegal commerce and truck traffic between the Lehigh and Stevens Creek quarries.
  • Transportation: We secured over $8 million in state funding for Via-Cupertino, an affordable local ride-sharing program.
  • Environmental Sustainability: Cupertino was one of only six cities recognized with a Platinum Beacon Vanguard Award for achievements in climate action by the Institute for Local Government (ILG).
Better Development
  • We negotiated with the Westport developer to create a more community-focused and traffic-friendly project at the former Oaks shopping center. We reduced its density from 840,000 to 240,000 sq ft.
  • We closed loopholes in the City’s General Plan to minimize impacts of new state laws (such as SB 9) that reduce our City’s ability to decide how properties are developed.
  • We discovered hazardous materials at Vallco that make the site unsuitable for homes, and engaged the County to validate cleanup.

Candidates Liang Chao, Steven Scharf, and Govind Tatachari will not be influenced by special interests. They do not accept campaign contributions from special interests, and have pledged to stay within Cupertino’s voluntary campaign-spending limit. They are also committed to working with the CUSD school district to put an end to closing schools.

Please vote for and support:

Liang Chao (current Vice Mayor)

Steven Scharf (current Planning Commission Chair and former Mayor)

Govind Tatachari (current Housing Commission Vice Chair)
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