Wish Book 2018: Project WeHOPE provides a hot shower and dignity for the Bay Area’s most vulnerable

By Khalida Sarwari For a lot of us, a hot shower is a regular part of our daily routine, but for some like Francisco “Paco” Garcia, it’s a luxury. Garcia, 48, is an RV dweller in Redwood City with a roof over his head but little else in the way of living accommodations. To stay clean, he has to think creatively. Sometimes he goes to a local car wash and asks them to let him rinse Read More …

Vaidhyanathan and Willey separated by one vote in Cupertino council race

By Khalida Sarwari Two candidates on opposite sides of the proposed redevelopment of Vallco Shopping Mall are separated by a single vote in the Cupertino City Council race, with 10 percent of ballots still to be counted. The gap between third- and fourth-place candidates, Jon Willey, a lead organizer of the Better Cupertino a residents group that opposes mixed-use redevelopment of Vallco, and Councilwoman Savita Vaidhyanathan has steadily shriveled since Election Day. Willey leads Vaidhyanathan Read More …

Bay Area schools limit outdoor time, adopt other changes amid poor air quality

By Khalida Sarwari Unhealthy conditions caused by the Camp Fire in Paradise have forced a number of local schools around the Bay Area to move students indoors or cancel outdoor activities this week. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has extended an air quality alert for the Bay Area through Friday, advising the public to avoid outdoor activity as much as possible and to keep windows and doors closed indoors. While most schools remain Read More …

Vallco’s fate could hinge on outcome of still-tight Cupertino council race

By Khalida Sarwari Cupertino residents are anxiously waiting for the final tally in an extremely tight City Council race because the three candidates who eventually emerge as victors could decidedly stay or change the course of the city’s near-vacant Vallco Shopping Mall. Since Election Day, incumbents Mayor Darcy Paul and Councilwoman Savita Vaidhyanathan and newcomer Liang-Fang Chao have maintained their lead for three open seats, but so far with 11 percent of the votes still Read More …

Amid Armistice centenary, one Saratoga resident shares his personal connection to WWI

By Khalida Sarwari Inside his bright and tidy first-floor apartment at the Saratoga Retirement Community, Lawrence “Larry” Hawkinson sifts through relics like a belt buckle that once adorned the waist of a German soldier in the First World War and the commendatory note King George V sent to his father. As the country prepares to observe Veterans Day — originally known as Armistice Day — the 94-year-old shared vivid memories of his father, who served in Read More …