Updated: Jul 6, 2019
Commissioner says he’s the one being harassed
CUPERTINO — Local pro-development activists are accusing the head of the Cupertino Planning Commission of trying to quash their free speech by threatening their jobs — the latest housing fracas to rock the small city that often finds itself at the epicenter of Bay Area housing policy controversy.
In recent posts on neighborhood social media site Nextdoor, R “Ray” Wang, the planning commission chair, called pro-housing activists “YIMBY neo-liberal fascists” and suggested fighting back against what he calls YIMBY harassment by sending complaints to their employers.
Now Wang, a tech industry analyst who the City Council appointed to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission in January, is facing a backlash from angry housing activists who say his behavior is unbecoming of a city official. Wang, who denies it was his intent to threaten anyone or chill free speech, says he’s actually the one being harassed by “extreme YIMBYs.”
The dust-up again shines a light on the housing controversy simmering in Cupertino, where a slow-growth group has been fighting for years against a new mixed-used development proposed for the old Vallco Mall site, where the former mayor faced a backlash last year for downplaying the region’s housing crisis and where the current mayor recently received pushback over his joke that Cupertino would build a wall around the city.
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