‘Head tax’ on Google and other Mountain View businesses headed for ballot

By Khalida Sarwari Mountain View voters will decide this fall whether Google and other businesses should be slapped with an employee “head tax” to help alleviate the traffic and housing problems that plague Silicon Valley. The City Council voted unanimously late Tuesday to place a measure on the November ballot asking residents to authorize taxing businesses between $9 and $149 per employee, depending on their size. If the measure passes, the tax could generate upwards Read More …

Cupertino puts controversial business ‘head tax’ plan on hold for now

By Khalida Sarwari Cupertino’s elected officials have put on hold a controversial proposal for an employee “head tax” on Apple and other businesses just weeks after Seattle repealed a similar plan in the face of fierce opposition from Amazon, Starbucks and other large employers. The city council’s 3-1 vote Tuesday to wait until at least next year before putting a plan before voters leaves Mountain View as the only Silicon Valley city still proceeding with Read More …

Cupertino’s ‘Apple employee tax’ put off for one year

By Khalida Sarwari Cupertino elected officials have scrapped a controversial plan — for now — to impose an employee tax on Apple and other businesses in the city, saying they don’t want to move forward in haste and will instead ask voters to weigh in during a special election in 2019. Though the city council intended only to discuss the plan Tuesday night, after impassioned public comment during which several people spoke out against the Read More …

Are tiny homes the new American Dream? Santa Clara County Fair offers a glimpse

By Khalida Sarwari It’s 2018 and the American Dream looks slightly different. The big house has been replaced with a … tiny house. The white picket fence is now four wheels. The 2.5 kids are missing and the dog … OK, the dog is still there and he’s probably living a better life than you. A vision of this new ever-dynamic dream was on display at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds this weekend at Tinyfest, Read More …

Sunnyvale police say radio system glitch hampered their job last week

By Khalida Sarwari Sunnyvale police say a radio system glitch recently compromised their ability to effectively do their job and want the city to make sure it doesn’t happen again. The glitch apparently occurred between June 5 and 7, according to Officer David Meinhardt, who says he experienced it first-hand during the 48-hour period. He became aware of the problem when he started receiving texts on June 6 from several colleagues. “They were basically texting Read More …