Friday, February 2, 2018

Mayor of Cupertino abandons housing at Vallco, pushing for a retail-dominant complex at Vallco Mall

Below is an email from Reed Moulds, the Managing Director of Sand Hill Property Company:

Mayor abandons housing at Vallco, pushing for a retail-dominant complex at Vallco Mall, on eve of Vallco Specific Plan community engagement kick-off (please attend!)

Dear neighbor:

Wednesday night, during his State of the City address, Mayor Darcy Paul put forward his "personal" opinion of the future of Vallco. Unfortunately, his future looks to recreate past failures and calls for a retail-dominant mall with some office and little to no housing. If you haven’t seen his speech, you can watch it here.

His vision for the Vallco planning area is an inefficient 1.2 million square foot project, less than what exists today, where at least half of the space – 600,000 feet – would be reserved for retail.

Needless to say, such a project is infeasible and not supported by the market, and it just ensures that Vallco will not be revitalized and remain a vacant, dead mall. With his focus on retail and office, and accounting for the new hotel already being built there by another developer, his proposal doesn’t leave a lot of space for residential use. By ignoring the need for housing at Vallco – Cupertino’s best opportunity to provide real solutions to the housing crisis – the Mayor fails to acknowledge the single greatest challenge facing our region and the City of Cupertino, which happens to be the region’s most unaffordable city.

In October, compelled to address this unprecedented housing crisis, we requested that the City analyze alternatives to add significant housing through a Vallco Specific Plan and reduce housing demand generators like office and retail uses.

The timing of the Mayor’s statements about Vallco – which threaten to influence this planning process before the community engagement on the Vallco Specific Plan has even started – is irresponsible and disappointing. That is why we, once again, are asking for your help.

Next week on Monday, February 5, 2018 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm the City is hosting a “Vallco Specific Plan Kick-off Meeting at Community Hall, a.k.a. Council Chambers. At this meeting the City’s planning consultant, Opticos Design, will further explain the Specific Plan, discuss the range of outcomes and ask the community to talk about their perspective on the future of Vallco.

With this note, we want to encourage you all to attend this first in a series of community meetingsYour voice is needed on the future of Vallco. The Opticos team should hear what the majority view of Cupertino is and how a smart and dynamic town center plan with a good mix of uses will benefit the City, the community and everyone who lives, works and is a visitor in Cupertino.

For our part, we are convinced more than ever that Vallco offers a unique opportunity to help address the region’s housing shortage and affordability crisis, while adding greatly to the lives of those of you who are already settled here. A sustainable mixed-use plan that includes shopping, dining, a cutting-edge entertainment district, community facilities, great streets and outdoor spaces, a meaningful amount of housing and a manageable amount of office has the tremendous potential to turn a lifeless part of the city into a vibrant and community-driven new downtown district. And let’s not forget that, absent significant mitigations, the most traffic-sensitive proposals are the ones where there is a balance among the different uses, not the ones that are office- or retail-heavy.

All around us, other cities throughout Silicon Valley are already setting examples. Delaying or undermining Vallco’s revitalization is a lose-lose strategy, not just for the landowner but for the Cupertino community as well. Let’s all help Cupertino’s decision-makers see the benefit of a realistic plan for Vallco through a collaborative planning process; my hope is this would have the dual benefit of preventing the partisan few from trying to sway it. But if supporters of true revitalization don’t show up and let themselves be heard, given the Mayor’s mindset, this process certainly cannot succeed.

We will continue to send updates throughout the rest of the process. Once again, thank you for your support.

Reed Moulds
Managing Director
Sand Hill Property Company

Friday, January 26, 2018

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

For Sale Morgan Hill Relatively Larger Newer House for Just $850,000

NEW-Looking 4BD 2.5BA ~2300sqft Home for just $850,000 in  Morgan Hill.
Call Robert Lei (408) 893-2410 for details.





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Monday, January 8, 2018

Morgan Hill 16809 Cory Drive closeness to neighborhood amenities

Here are the distances and times from 16809 Cory Drive to some common neighborhood amenities in Morgan Hill:
0.6 miles (3 minutes drive, 13 min walk) to the main shopping plaza along E. Dunn Ave which includes:
  • Safeway
  • Trader Joe's 17035 Laurel Rd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
  • The Home Depot 860 E Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
  • Kelly-Moore Paints
  • Starbucks
  • Burger King
1.0 mile (4 minutes) to
Morgan Hill Caltrain Station
17300 Depot St., Morgan Hill 95037 
(Main access and parking is off Butterfield Blvd.)
Here's the weekday timetable: http://www.caltrain.com/schedules/weekdaytimetable.html

1.3 miles (5 minutes) to 

Morgan Hill Community Park

171 W Edmundson Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

1.4 miles (5 minutes) to 

Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center

16500 Condit Rd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

1.8 miles (5 minutes) to

Morgan Hill Aquatics Center

16200 Condit Rd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

1.8 miles (6 minutes) to
Morgan Hill Library
660 West Main Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

3.9 miles (9 minutes) to
Anderson Lake County Park 
19245 Malaguerra Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Worse Mandarin English Translation of Real Estate Terms

“方子” 一词 包括    各  种      形式 的  住房.



“Fāng zi”   yī cí   bāokuò     gè  zhǒng    xíngshì  de   zhùfáng.
“Fāng zi” a word includes each species   forms   of housing.
“Fāng zi” a word includes    various        forms   of housing.
The word fangzi  includes         all           forms   of housing.

Better Chinese Character Mandarin Pinyin English translation of Real Estate Terms

“方子” 一词 包括    各  种      形式 的  住房.

“Fāng zi”   yī cí   bāokuò     gè  zhǒng    xíngshì  de   zhùfáng.

“Fāng zi” a word includes each species   forms   of housing.

“Fāng zi” a word includes    various        forms   of housing.

The word “fāng zi”  includes         all           forms   of housing.

“别墅”是一   种   独立的   独  栋   房屋“方子”

“Biéshù” shì yī zhǒng    dúlì  de    dú dòng fángwū “fāng zi”
“Biéshù”       is  one (meas word) independent alone building    house    “fāng zi”
“Biéshù”       is  one (meas word) independent single family       house    “fāng zi”
“Biéshù” is a specific type of "fangzi" that is a detached single family house

“公玉”是 公共   公寓的 一个单位,可以在中国   拥有 长达40年。
 “Gōngyù” shì gōnggòng  gōng yù de  yīgè   dānwèi,  nǐ   kěyǐ      zài zhōngguó  yǒngyǒu   zhǎng dá 40 nián.
 “Gōngyù”  is public total  public apt    one        unit,  you  can        in     China    have hold   long upto 40 years.
 “Gōngyù”  is    publ ic       apartment   one        unit,  you  can        in     China        own              up to 40 years.
 "Gong yu" is one unit in a public apartment building that you can own up to 40 years in China.

“丹园楼”是您可以在中国 拥有70年的单元楼。
“Dānyuán lóu”     shì   nín    kěyǐ      zài zhōngguó yǒngyǒu   70 nián   de  dān yuán lóu.

“Dānyuán lóu”      is    you    can       in     China    have hold  70 years of single unit floor.
“Dānyuán lóu” is a single unit floor that you can own for 70 years in China.



"一      幢      房子"  是      整个     建筑   物
"一      幢      房子" shì zhěnggè jiànzhú wù

"一      幢      房子"  is the entire building
"Yī    chuáng  fángzi"    is  the   entire    building


"一  套   房子" 只是建筑物中的一个单位

"一  套   房子" zhǐshì jiànzhú wù zhòng de yīgè dānwèi

"一  套   房子" is just a single unit in the building
" Yī   tào   fángzi" is just a single unit in the building

Notes:
方子 - 房子
公寓-apartment (refers to the building style. It does not indicate whether you own it or just rent it.)

别墅-house
I used a delete line on "方子" because I know you mean "房子" and it is a typing mistake. And yes "方子" is an oral expression for prescription of Chinese traditional medicine. When it is about modern western medicine or in a formal way, we usually say "药方" or "处方".
“公寓” refers to the building style. It does not indicate whether you own it or just rent it.
In Chinese “X达..." always conveys a meaning that you are discribing a high level or a severe degree, such as "参与者多达十万人"(large amount), "费用高达五万元"(very expensive), ”车速高达150 km/h“(high speed), "寿命长达数百年"(very long life). Without this word, it is just a normal statement like "费用为五万元" and you don't know whether it is ordinary or extreme. I don't know if "up to" has this meaning.

And when you use "长" meaning length or long, it pronounces as "cháng", not "zhǎng". The latter one means grow or growth.


Westwood Oaks Real Estate Info 2017 November 21st

Westwood Oaks Real Estate Info 2017 November 21st
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