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February 27, 2015

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Silicon Valley Community Newspapers $1.00 Volume 67, Number 12 u February 27, 2015 u Cupertino, CA u Est. 1947 u $1.00 182 An edition of the BY MATT WILSON T he city of Cupertino's two-year journey to amend its General Plan continues, and residents have another opportunity to share their opinion. The city has another survey residents can take that focuses on a proposed community benefits program and building heights. All residents are invited to take the two-part survey online through the city website. The survey will be available until 5 p.m. on March 3. The results will be summarized for the council at an upcoming meeting. The first part of the survey includes 11 questions about respondents and their views regarding building heights within certain areas of the city. The second part includes 13 questions about the draft community benefits program and building planes. The survey comes more than two months after epic back-to-back meetings at which the city council spent roughly 15 hours total analyzing updates to its General Plan and particularly its housing element. The city's quest for an update is made up of a bevy of items for council consideration including rezon- ing certain areas, environmental review, updates to the Heart of the City Specific Plan, alterations to heights and densities in specific areas of the city and new allocations for commercial, retail and residential development. On Dec. 4, the council voted to adopt a partial por- tion of the General Plan known as Community Vision 2040. During that meeting the council voted to update its housing element but put off almost all major Gen- eral Plan decisions to a later date. The council did not, however, approve changes to existing height limits or the proposed community benefits program. The General Plan is a state-mandated document and provides the framework for Cupertino's future. It sets the city's policy direction in a number of areas including land use, mobility, housing, open space, infra- structure, public health and safety, and sustainability through specific goals, policies and strategies. Every CITY POLLING RESIDENTS WITH A TWO-PART SURVEY REGARDING GENERAL PLAN UPDATE Deadline to voice opinions is March 3 Cutural Artifacts: New exhibit at Quinlan Center celebrates Chinese culture in region .............. page 5 Poetry Corner: City poet laureate has many events planned this year. ................................ page 7 A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY JACQUELINE RAMSEYER Pints for Pups Pints for Pups Pet Project fundraiser mixes craft ales with ceramic art Pet Project fundraiser mixes craft ales with ceramic art page 12 page 12 Jamie Meador, a teacher at Higher Fire, is making 30-40 ceramic pints and a few growlers to sell at the upcoming Pints For Pups, a fundraiser for Silicon Valley Pet Project being held at Strike Brewing on March 7. Plan, page 6

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