Cupertino High School evacuation orders lifted after threat, students sent home

By Khalida Sarwari After a threatening phone call forced the evacuation of Cupertino High School, students were sent home for the rest of the day, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said. The school, however, did not appear to be in any danger. The students, many of whom were at lunch, were evacuated following a robocall that came in to the main office a little before 1 p.m. “alleging a threat of violence against the school,” […]

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Cupertino not quite ready to handle a citywide emergency or disaster

By Khalida Sarwari If an emergency happened today, Cupertino would not be fully prepared to handle it. That’s the finding of the city’s emergency services coordinator. In a recent presentation to the Cupertino City Council, Clare Francavilla noted that it would take up to five hours to set up the city’s primary emergency operations center at City Hall when it should ideally take no more than two hours.  What’s more, City Hall is not big enough nor […]

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De Anza College police start wearing body cameras

By Khalida Sarwari Foothill-De Anza Community College District police officers this month started wearing body cameras and report it’s been smooth filming so far. Every one of the department’s 22 officers, including those in community service, received a new AXON Body-2 camera on March 7, said Ron Levine, the district’s police chief. “I think that the body-worn camera program will be beneficial for the transparency of our community and to help improve relations with our […]

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With stolen robot back, team races to get it ready for next contest

By Khalida Sarwari There’s no rest for the wicked, nor apparently for the Monta Vista High School robotics team after learning that its stolen robot had been found on someone’s lawn in Utah. That’s where team members had traveled for a robotics competition in early March, and as soon as the robot was back in their possession they quickly went to work to get it back in tip-top shape for another contest later this month […]

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Local students prepare for ‘March for Our Lives’ in San Jose

By Khalida Sarwari You’ll see it tweeted and retweeted on Twitter, snapped on Snapchat, posted on Instagram and shared on Facebook. The youth of America are rising up on Saturday to send a loud message to Congress: they’re mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. At Saturday’s March for Our Lives event, thousands of young people across the country are planning to take to the streets to demand that their lives and safety […]

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