June 16, 2024
Free shows run Fridays through Sept. 29.

Live on Main

Live on Main, a free concert series at Main Street Cupertino, kicks off Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. with The Hitmen.

The series continues Sept. 1 with Aki Kumar, followed by Thrown Out Bones on Sept. 8, Country Cougars on Sept. 15 and Isaiah on Sept. 22. First Call closes the series on Sept. 29.
The concerts will be held outdoors at Main Street Cupertino, 19419 Stevens Creek Blvd.

CEQA exemption for housing

The California State Assembly and State Senate have both unanimously passed legislation by Sen. Dave Cortese intended to speed up housing development in the state. Cortese’s District 15 includes Cupertino.

SB 406 aims to cut repetitive reviews under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) while keeping California’s main environmental law intact. The bill is headed to the Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk for consideration.

“SB 406 cuts red tape without compromising on environmental protection. This bill will streamline permitting and speed up affordable housing production for people with the greatest need,” Cortese said in a statement.

To tackle California’s housing crisis, local governments have taken steps to offer financial aid for developing affordable housing. As a Santa Clara County supervisor in 2016, Cortese championed Measure A, a voter-approved $950 million bond to help create about 4,800 affordable units.

This government funding can trigger an evaluation under CEQA, in addition to the separate, independent CEQA review conducted on the project itself.

SB 406 extends to local governments an existing CEQA exemption for state financing of affordable housing projects, provided that the project will still undergo a CEQA review by another public agency.