Hope Village homeless camp gets new home for six months

By Khalida Sarwari An unsanctioned tent encampment in San Jose that local homeless advocates are touting as a model for temporary housing can stay put for six months at its third location in a couple of weeks, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday. The unanimous vote came a day after residents at the encampment had to leave their second location on Ruff Drive. The encampmentā€™s 14 residents are being put up at Read More …

Group launches referendum drive in bid to block redevelopment of Vallco Shopping Mall

By Khalida Sarwari A group of residents that has fought for two years to prevent the Vallco Shopping Mall from being redeveloped into anything other than a retail hub announced Monday it has launched a referendum drive to stop the latest plans to turn the ailing shopping center into a massive mixed-use project. At almost the same time and at the same place, proponents of a community-forged proposal to build housing, retail and offices at Read More …

How I learned to stop worrying and love the gun (sort of)

Cradling the AR-15, I pressed its rear firmly against the soft spot between my clavicle and right shoulder and peered through the front sight. I shuffled back and forth on my feet, shifting my weight from my right foot to my left all while trying to level the red dot to the small blue circle on the target sheet hanging 30 feet out in front of me. Dread filled my stomach and sweat beads formed Read More …

Cupertino approves its own mixed-use plan for reviving defunct Vallco mall

Cupertino has come up with its own version of a massive residential, office and retail development plan to revive the ghost town-like Vallco Shopping Mall, marking a major milestone for a project that has been bogged down by delays and deadlock for six years. The plan was forged by community residents over the past year and approved Wednesday night by the City Council. It is an alternate to the proposal previously presented by project developer Read More …

More than 100 people sound off on Vallco fate; council to vote tonight

By Khalida Sarwari A Cupertino City Council meeting that was long on name-calling but short on resolution and at times threatened to go off the rails Tuesday night brought outĀ several dozen residents to give their two cents on a divisive development project that soon may test the strength of a controversial state housing law. Impassioned speeches, interrupted remarks and intermittent jeering made for a tension-filled meeting that waned in civility as it crawled into the Read More …