No-growth group raising money in latest attempt to stop Vallco

The bridge at Vallco Mall is now illuminated with a light display.

A Cupertino-based, no-growth advocacy group is looking for financial support as it continues pursuing multiple avenues to stop the redevelopment of the Vallco Town Center site, including 1,202 affordable housing units it would bring to the community.

The group, ‘Better Cupertino,’ sent out a fundraising email to supporters as it prepares to file a temporary restraining order against Sand Hill Property Company, the owner and developer at Vallco, in an attempt to halt demolition of the empty mall.

At a Cupertino Planning Commission meeting last week, the assistant city attorney warned that if the City of Cupertino denied Sand Hill demolition permits, it could open the city up to “significant litigation risk.” That meeting garnered headlines when Commission Chairman R “Ray” Wang called the risks, and possible fines in excess of $120 million by some counts, “a small price to pay.”

The newsletter explicitly highlights Better Cupertino’s mission of stopping development at Vallco, and notes that the group plans to continue its fight against the current iteration of the project.

“…we still have one more inescapable hurdle — to keep SHP from demolishing structures and starting construction before the judge determines if project approval city staff granted last year was lawful,” the fundraising appeal states. “If construction begins before the judge considers the suit, the judge is very likely to let construction continue.”

The fundraising appeal sent by the no-growth group, Better Cupertino.

The City of Cupertino determined last September that the Vallco Town Center application met the requirements of SB35, and approved the project.

The redevelopment of Vallco Town Center was approved by the City of Cupertino under SB35 in September 2018 and is slated to include more than 2,400 total residential units with 1,202 at affordable levels.

7 Comments on "No-growth group raising money in latest attempt to stop Vallco"

  1. Cupertino Resident | May 2, 2019 at 7:48 pm | Reply

    What a mean and heartless bunch of babies fighting against providing shelter to these families. These folks are the reason for the housing mess we find ourselves in.

  2. Cupertino Resident | May 2, 2019 at 7:52 pm | Reply

    And #prop13 is the reason for this selfishness. These oldies have locked in their property taxes and are now treating their homes as a retirement asset. Get rid of #prop13 and see these babies squirm when they have to pay tax on the market value of their homes.

  3. You Cupertino Liberals – where’s your COMPASSION? I thought you all cared oh-so-much about the folks that need our help! I say, open up low-cost housing and homeless shelters in Vallco, what do you think about that progressives? No?

    Ah, so you want to keep your little walled-in gated community of rich folks.

    Hypocrites. You’re worse than the most staunch Republicans.

  4. Andrew Crowe | May 4, 2019 at 8:39 am | Reply

    Liberals fighting ultra-liberals. Fun to watch

  5. Daniel Mart | May 7, 2019 at 10:47 pm | Reply

    Cupertino Today, shame on you for this deceptive headline. We are not no-growth. What we are doing is attempting to construct a catalyst in a broken status quo; one which has seen decades of a WORSENING homelessness and mental health epidemic.
    Any one of us could be homeless tomorrow, and we cannot afford to go with the flow, so to speak, an6 longer.

    I am so tired of these Better Cupertino misconceptions; please do a little research prior to typing up your negative comments.
    We need housing, yes, and we need a community grassroots approach. A Times Square development here is totally unsustainable … the homelessness and mental health epidemics are rising. APALI – Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute at De Anza College was bribed by both developers … three council members took dark money to vote yes…
    Please like Better Cupertino at https://www.facebook.com/BetterCupertino
    If you have ever attended any council meetings in recent memory, then you know how incredibly rude and crude Barry Chang could be… Thank God he has termed out.
    And now, the Cupertino City Council has finally been given back to the community.

  6. Cupertino Today, shame on you for this deceptive headline. We are not no-growth. What we are doing is attempting to construct a catalyst in a broken status quo; one which has seen decades of a WORSENING homelessness and mental health epidemic.
    Any one of us could be homeless tomorrow, and we cannot afford to go with the flow, so to speak, any longer.

    I am so tired of these Better Cupertino misconceptions; please do a little research prior to typing up your negative comments.
    We need housing, yes, and we need a community grassroots approach. A Times Square development here is totally unsustainable … the homelessness and mental health epidemics are rising. APALI – Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute at De Anza College was bribed by both developers … three council members took dark money to vote yes…
    Please like Better Cupertino at https://www.facebook.com/BetterCupertino
    If you have ever attended any council meetings in recent memory, then you know how incredibly rude and crude Barry Chang could be… Thank God he has termed out.
    And now, the Cupertino City Council has finally been given back to the community.

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/10/24/cupertino-councilman-says-he-pushed-for-citys-attorneys-ouster-over-vallco-flap/

  7. Rajesh Padmanabhan | May 8, 2019 at 12:43 pm | Reply

    The Vallco Specific Plan would have allowed the property owner to build ZERO affordable units.

    The SB-35 plan has all tiny units for the affordable housing, and nothing for low-income families with children.

    Better Cupertino has been advocating for affordable housing for families for many years. It’s developer-controlled organizations like Cupertino Today that keep fighting to not actually build affordable housing because the developers that fund them desperately don’t want to build this type of unprofitable housing.

    The unnamed staff writer is a member of multiple anti-affordable housing developer organizations including the horribly misnamed “Catalyze Silicon Valley” and “Cupertino for All.”

    Thankfully, we now have a City Council in Cupertino where four out of five members are advocating for true affordable housing.

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