Cupertino is a General Law city and follows the provisions and requirements established by the State.
The City Council is the governing body of the City vested with the authority to establish policy, adopt new laws, levy taxes, award contracts, and appoint certain City officers such as the City Manager and City Attorney. The Council members are ultimately responsible to the people for the actions of local government.
The Mayor, who is also a member of the Council, signs official documents, chairs the Council meetings, and acts as the official head of the City at public and ceremonial occasions.
The City Council has five members and are elected at large to overlapping, four-year terms. The Council members themselves elect the Mayor and Vice Mayor for a term of one year. Cupertino Municipal Elections are held in November of even numbered years.
City Council Ordinance No. 06-1985 set Council member salaries at $730.24 per month. Council members also receive medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits, and may qualify for Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) benefits.
Statements of Economic Interest - Form 700
The Political Reform Act of 1974 requires persons holding specified public offices to file disclosures of investments, real property interests, and income within specified periods of assuming or leaving office and annually while holding the office. Elected officials are required by State Law to file their Statements of Economic Interests - Form 700 with the City Clerk, who makes and retains a copy of each statement and forwards the original to the California Fair Political Practices Commission, which is the filing officer.
The following Cupertino Elected officials file Statements of Economic Interests - Form 700.
Savita Vaidhyanathan, Mayor
Darcy Paul, Vice Mayor
Barry Chang, Council member
Rod Sinks, Council member
Steven Scharf, Council member
Copies of these statements may be obtained by visiting the Office of the Cupertino City Clerk located at 10300 Torre Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014. Statements are also available in an electronic format on the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) website at: FPPC
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