Steven Scharf to Cupertino City Council
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Cupertino Chamber of Commerce and San
Jose Mercury News Endorse the Two Developer-Controlled City Council
Candidates, J.R. Fruen and Hung Wei!
expected, the developer-controlled Cupertino Chamber of Commerce and
San Jose Mercury News endorsed the two developer-controlled City
Council Candidates, J.R. Fruen and Hung Wei. In the 2018 City
Council election, Hung Wei, Orrin Mahoney, and Savita Vaidhyanathan
had nearly $600,000 in Developer PAC money spent on their behalf.
All three were endorsed by the San Jose Mercury News and by the
Cupertino Chamber of Commerce. All three lost. Cupertino voters were
smart enough to vote for grassroots, resident-focused candidates in
2018, and hopefully this will be the case again in 2020. You can see
yard signs for J.R. Fruen and Hung Wei on developer's properties
throughout Cupertino though the illegally placed signs have been
vote for the resident-supported candidates Steven Scharf and Kitty
Moore. Don't let big money buy a City Council that they can control.
am Proudly NOT Endorsed or Funded by the Developer-Controlled
Cupertino Chamber of Commerce and the San Jose Mercury News,
Developers, or Special Interest Groups!
Sierra Club Endorsement
am pleased to accept the endorsement of the Loma Prieta Chapter of
the Sierra Club. I joined the Sierra Club in 1980, days after moving
to California. I led hundreds of trips for the Sierra Club
Activities Sections (Ski Touring, Bicycling, and Sierra Singles). I
met my wife on a Sierra Club Hike from Monte Bello Open Space
Preserve to Ridge Winery. I also raised thousands of dollars for the
National Sierra Club.
Flyer, "A Battle for the Soul of Cupertino"
from Cupertino Mayor Steven Scharf
Asking for money is the worst part of
running for office. Unlike some other candidates, I am not
supported or funded by developers (or their Astroturf groups),
corporate interests, or the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce. Mine
is strictly a grassroots campaign.
Currently, the City Council has a 4-1 pro-resident majority. Before
the 2018 election we had a 3-2 anti-resident majority and many of
the problems facing Cupertino are a result of the prior City
Council's actions and the undue influence that development interests
In 2018 ALL three of the pro-resident City Council candidates won
and ALL of the developer-controlled candidates lost. This was in
spite of (or because of) the developer-backed candidates being
endorsed by the San Jose Mercury News and the Cupertino Chamber of
Commerce. We need to ensure that the 2020 developer-backed
candidates are not elected (two are running, one ran and lost in
2018). In 2018, developers spent nearly $600,000 trying to elect
Hung Wei, Orrin Mahoney, and Savita Vaidhyanathan, and no doubt that
they're gearing up once again.
We are working to undo the damage of prior City Councils. It's a
long, tedious process. A 4-1 pro-resident majority is an incredible
achievement given the tens of millions of dollars that developers
have spent, unsuccessfully, trying to elect candidates that will
vote against the best interests of residents. We'd love to make it
5-0 in 2020!
an election requires money. In 2016 I collected 1/6th the amount of
the money that the developer-owned candidates spent. This was
accomplished with an army of unpaid resident volunteers that the
developers had no way of duplicating. This time, without being able
to go door-to-door to talk to residents, due to Covid-19, it will
take more money.
Help stop the exploitation of Cupertino. $25, $50, $99, any amount
helps. If I can get 200 people to donate $99 it would be enough
money. Please click on the Donate link below.
Proudly NOT Endorsed or Funded
by the Developer-Controlled Cupertino Chamber of Commerce and San
Jose Mercury News, Special Interest Groups, or WIMBYs!
Scharf for Cupertino City Council 2020 FPPC ID #1388099