October 25, 2006

Cupertino citizens fight new housing

MercuryNews.com | 10/24/2006 | Foes say measures could jam schools
Supporters say two projects will provide much needed housing and revenue for Cupertino. Critics say they are part of a trend that threatens to turn their community into “Condotino” and overcrowd local schools.

Measure D on the Nov. 7 ballot seeks to revitalize the sagging Vallco Fashion Park by building a Santana Row-like mall and scores of condos. A victory for Measure E would mean hundreds of new condos on the northwest side of town.

Currently there are about 1,000 condos in some stage of development in Cupertino.

The two measures are opposed by the same group of residents, under the moniker Cupertino Cares.

The group challenges city and school board assertions that more housing doesn’t necessarily mean more students in schools, where some students already learn in portable classrooms.

“The study says that condos don’t generate lots of kids,” said opponent Patty Chi. “But in reality it does.”

We can all thank Prop 13 for the strangeness of how adding more residents, don’t add more money to the local school districts. Only in California would people fight to build more Walmarts and Best Buys to get more money, instead of more houses.

Thanks Prop 13! Way to go.

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