Cupertino City Council to Apple: Okay, so expand already!

“The city of Cupertino is making sure that there is plenty of space for the expansion of the big businesses that churn out the iPods, printers and much of the sales tax revenue in Cupertino,” Matt Wilson reports for The Cupertino Courier.

“The city council voted 3-2 on July 21 to allocate an additional 483,053 square feet of office space in the General Plan. The allocation is reserved exclusively for major companies on the scale of Apple Inc, Hewlett-Packard and Symantec,” Wilson reports. Councilwoman Dolly Sandoval said, ‘The allocation is also available to major companies that move within the city limits. The sales tax revenue as well as the secondary sources of revenue that we receive from these companies is enormously helpful to us.'”

Wilson reports, “The General Plan is a set of guiding principles for long-term development in the city. Square feet and space is allocated in the document for commercial, office, hotel and residential use.”

“Both Apple and HP are far and away the biggest sales tax producers and employers for the city,” Wilson reports. “Representatives from Apple and HP thanked the council at the July 21 meeting for considering allocating the space to major companies.”

“The council is hopeful the allocation will inspire the big companies to expand in Cupertino or possibly attract new companies. In 2006, Apple CEO Steve Jobs visited the city council and said that Apple would like to build a second campus in Cupertino,” Wilson reports. “‘They have said to us they want to expand. I think this [amendment] is more incentive to do this sooner rather than later,’ said Sandoval.”

More in the full article here.

[Attribution: 9 to 5 Mac. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. I hear that North Carolina is also a nice place to be. Should not put all your eggs in one iBasket. Or perhaps some where closer to Washington DC and the Pentagon, like Virginia. I hear that there is a lot of IT students in that area.

  2. I liked the old days when a city needed more space they simply invaded the neighboring city. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  3. I hope Apple decides to completely get out of California. The state is a socialist burden. As @TowerTone says, Texas would be better.

    Those of us left here selling fruit in California would miss them, but it would be for the better.

  4. @ theloniousMac

    Perhaps you should read the comparison of Texas and California as the new faces of America that was in a recent issue of the Economist (a right-of-center erudite weekly magazine). The obvious conclusion: California is not nearly as socialist as claimed. And Texas, while having quite low taxes, also has quite low services — to the point of “privatizing” roads — and nearly 25% of its population have no health insurance. And don’t forget the east Texas courts which are the patent trolls’ heaven.

  5. Hm… got a link for that? Let’s see it.

    As far as that “East Texas patent troll court” it’s an awesome court as far as the speed in which they handle trials. Most courts allow large companies to stomp on little people by allowing cases to drag on and on and on ad infinitum, bankrupting small parties and allowing larger companies to get away with murder because they can afford to make cases drag on forever. In my opinion all courts should handle cases with this speed, as cases that move too slowly deny justice to smaller parties.

    Would you consider Erin Brockovich to be a “patent troll” when she went after the chemical company that murdered people? Should that large company have been allowed to drag that case on forever until the plaintiffs were all dead or out of money to fight?

  6. Expecting that Symantec will need much more space for expansion may turn awry.

    As MacOSX acquires more market share, there will be less need for antiviral software, especially the unreliable kind churned out by Symantec that breaks every time there is a system upgrade.

  7. @ Jersey Trader

    Apple did actually have a corporate office in Reston Virginia until about a year and a half ago, then they moved. I can’t remember where, but I remember finding out that they right down the street from me. It was an unassuming location, with no major signage, but it was there. Again, why they moved, I have no idea. If they came back, maybe I’d apply for a job ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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