The Apple CEO, who is currently on medical leave, came before the council to present Apple's proposed new campus, which is just blocks away from their existing campus.
Jobs said their current campus in Cupertino holds "maybe 2,800 people" but that they would like to build a massive new building on a nearby plot of land that Apple recently bought from HP. Apple's real estate move is not of major interest in and of itself, and did not necessarily warrant Steve Jobs' appearance. What got Jobs excited enough to make this appearance was the design of the new campus.
Instead of a series of buildings to hold the 12,000 employees, Apple is going to put them all in one building. Just as one would expect from the design-focused company, the new Cupertino campus building will be a feast for the eyes. Shaped like an elegant donut, the building was described by Jobs as a 4-story "human scale" structure, built with the "biggest pieces of glass in the world for architectural use."
Jobs went out of his way to stress how green the campus aspires to be, noting the increase in the numbers of trees and landscaped area, the use of a natural gas-powered "energy center" to power the entire campus 24/7, and the company's biodiesel employee shuttles.
The entire council seemed pretty pleased with Apple's plans, and threw Jobs a series of softball questions.
Council member, Orrin Mahoney, passed on asking a question in favor of praising the plans, saying, "now that we've seen your plans, the words 'spectacular' would be an understatement and I think that everybody's gonna appreciate what's clearly the most elegant headquarters, at least in the US that I've seen."
Jobs did stumble at one point when asked what benefits the campus would bring to residents. After answering "we're the largest tax payer in Cupertino, so we'd like to continue to stay here and pay taxes," Jobs took a jab at the council saying it would be bad for Cupertino if Apple moved to Mountain View. Jobs then got lost in his own train of thought and wound up telling the council his age, and about the employee shuttle service that shuttles employees to San Francisco and Santa Cruz.
Jobs also rejected out of hand the gentle requests by council members for Apple to supply free WiFi to the city and to open an Apple store there.
But that didn't stop the council and those in the room from being Jobs' biggest fans. From the first gasp to the last applause, Jobs was clearly in an Apple-friendly environment.
No doubt campus construction will move ahead as planned and be ready for all 12,000 employees to move in sometime in 2015.