Californians govern themselves by two sources of power. One way is to adopt a charter or constitution, which sets forth the basis and authority for all future actions not in contradiction with State law. The other way is to follow the provisions and requirements established by the State as General Law for cities. Cupertino falls within this latter category and is classified as a General Law City, as are about 80% of the cities in California.
The City Council is the governing body of the City, vested with the regulatory and corporate power of the municipal corporation. Only the Council may establish City policy; accordingly, it is ultimately responsible to the people for the actions of government.
The Council directs the course of local government through its power to pass ordinances, levy taxes, award contracts, and appoint certain city officers (such as the City Manager and City Attorney) and commissions. 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 Cupertino City Council has five members. They 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. City Council Ordinance No. 13-2106 changed the date of the city's
municipal election to even years.
City Council Ordinance 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.
Rod Sinks, Mayor
Barry Chang, Vice Mayor
Darcy Paul, Council member
Savita Vaidhyanathan, Council member
Gilbert Wong, 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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