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Building Community, One Block at a Time

Good neighborhoods are those where neighbors work together on common issues and look out for each other. Block leaders take extra steps to connect neighbors and build community -- helping our neighborhoods to be safer, healthier, and happier.

The Block Leader Program teaches residents how to get to know neighbors and organize activities so neighbors can more easily communicate. Block leaders receive updates on neighborhood development and activities and are vital links between City Hall and the neighborhoods.

Cupertino's Block Leader Program is the proud recipient of the National League of Cities’ NBC/LEO 2015 City Cultural Diversity Award and the League of California Cities 2010 Helen Putnam Award for Enhancing Public Trust, Ethics, and Community Involvement.

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17th Annual Block Leader Appreciation Celebrates Shining Work in Neighborhoods

May 15, 2019



New Block Leader Training

March 27 - This session provides general program information and tips on how begin as a new block leader.

Choose from one of two sessions: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N. Stelling Road. Space is limited. To sign-up, contact, or (408) 777-3331.

Sheriff's Present Crime Trends and Prevention Tips; Introduces Crime-Fighting Teams

January 31- One of our most popular Block Leader meetings is the Update from the Sheriff's Office, West Valley Division, and this year's meeting was no exception. Capt. Rich Urena returned to update block leaders on crime statistics and trends, and how to prevent from becoming victims. He also introduced staff, including the Burglary and Theft Suppression and K-9 teams, and displayed equipment found in patrol cars.

Sheriff's Office Presentation

Block leaders heard from Ken Ericksen, Citizen Corps Coordinator, on how to report neighborhood status after a disaster:

Citizens Corps Presentation

Handouts: Neighborhood Assessment; Citizen Corps Responsibilities; Neighborhood Team Description

Unsure which Reporting Zone you're in? Check out the city map.

Steffanie Turini, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, also reminded leaders how to start a Watch group.

 Block Leader Meeting January 2019 Video



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Six Tips for Thoughtful Holiday Conversations

To enter the Holidays with a game plan for productive, thoughtful conversations, and to keep the family dinner conversations more about genuine dialogue and understanding despite differences, here are tips from the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation.

Be an active listener: Listening is key to respectful conversations. Be sure that you are really seeking to hear and understand what’s being said, not just looking the next moment to interject or thinking about what you’ll say to argue their last point.

Keep an open mind: Dialogue is most successful when we are open enough to learn something new and even admit that we might be wrong. Be open to others’ ideas and perspectives, to learning something new, to questioning your assumptions, and suspend your judgments.

Be curious. The opinions that we hold are usually grounded in a deeper set of values or broader outlook that we hold as important. Be genuinely curious about what’s important to the other person to open up space for more meaningful dialogue.

Discuss stories rather than debating facts: Stories from your life, or that both of you can relate to, can help make space for personal connection and perspective taking.

Look for common ground: Think about what interests, experiences, or beliefs you know you share in common and invite reflection on them.

Try to end on a positive note: Even if you don’t agree in the end, that’s OK. Thank them for their willingness to talk with you before you’re done, or acknowledge that you understand more of their perspective now and maybe even learned something.

Block Leaders Go Behind-the-Scenes at Service Center

Sept 27, 2018 - It was a packed house at the Service Center Tour for Block Leaders. Public Works supervisors and lead staff walked 66 Block Leaders through the facility, showed equipment, and described operations both on and off-site. At the end of the tour, the group gathered for an overview presentation of the Public Works Department and each division’s responsibilities. Supervisors then moved to break-out rooms to answer individual's questions.



Dozens of Cupertino Neighborhoods Organize on National Night Out

Aug. 7, 2018 - More than 40 neighborhoods participated in National Night Out, an annual event to connect with neighbors and take a stand against crime. Several held potlucks and ice cream socials, and took part in the Program's Scavenger Hunt.
If your group couldn't get together on National Night Out, it's not too late to schedule a block party and meet neighbors before summer ends. Check out and plan you get-together today!


Now Available!

Door hangers to greet neighbors. Contact Laura, if you'd like any for your neighborhood.


It's Block Party Season

If you wish to organize games for all ages at your get together, check out the Indoor/Outdoor Games guide from the Recreation Department. To temporarily close your street for the occasion, apply for a Block Party permit at no cost.

16th Annual Block Leader Appreciation

April 25, 2018



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Leaders work together on a game to track down supplies recommended in emergency backpack Go-Kits.


Block Leader Meeting, In the Know

City Departments share the latest projects and program overviews, January 25, 2018.



PowerPoint presentations (in order of appearance):

City Manager's Office

Recreation & Community Services

Administrative Services

Community Development

Innovation & Technology - Geographic Information Systems, Applications, Video

Public Works 

Quick links: - Information and updates on the Safe Routes to School program - Bicycle Transportation Plan, status of projects, benefits of bicycling - Description of services to maintain city facilities, parks, streets, trees - Request services for city tree trimming, broken sidewalk repair, etc.

Capital Improvement Projects - Interactive map of current projects - Current budgeted projects- descriptions and status


Communication Training - Mindful Conflict

By understanding personal conflict styles, Shelley Giacalone and Leslyn McCallum from San Jose City College show block leaders how to manage conflicts better at home, work, school, social groups, and in the neighborhood, September 28, 2017.

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Block Leader Program Celebrates 15 Years

Feb. 2002 - 2017

 BLs4-17 Block Leder 15 Year Logo 

Annual Update from the Sheriff's Office  

Captain Rich Urena's annual update presentation to block leaders at the Sheriff Department's Westside Station, January 26, 2017

Cpt Urena - Jan 2017 Block Leader Quarterly

Map of Block Leaders & Neighborhood Watch Groups

Block group Neighborhood watch


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