Sunnyvale considers switching from at-large to district elections

By Khalida Sarwari Under the threat of a possible lawsuit, the Sunnyvale City Council agreed at a special meeting Wednesday to consider changing the way council members are elected from a citywide vote system to one based on districts. The council, whose seven members all are white, decided the change should be studied with the intent of putting a measure before voters on the November 2020 ballot. “This is a huge governance model change for Read More …

Cupertino offers up its own plan for defunct Vallco Shopping Mall

By Khalida Sarwari The Cupertino Planning Commission has advanced a community plan that envisions three scenarios for transforming the almost vacant, 58-acre Vallco Shopping Mall into a development of retail, housing and office uses. Called the Vallco Town Center Specific Plan, it is an alternative to the one proposed by Sand Hill Property Co. in March. It calls for less office space and more housing, though proportionately less affordable housing. This plan abandons Sand Hill’s Read More …

Santa Clara breaks ground on new sports park with five soccer fields

By Khalida Sarwari While baseball continues to cling to its title as America’s national pastime, it’s no secret the rest of the world lives and breathes soccer. And that’s no different in Santa Clara, where the sport is growing in popularity, especially among youth. So it’s only fitting that the city broke ground Thursday afternoon on a new community sports park complex that will have not one or two, but five soccer fields. The 8.7-acre Reed Read More …

Sunnyvale police warning residents of spoof calls

By Khalida Sarwari The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety is warning residents of spoof calls that may include using the city’s main line and utility number to solicit personal information or sell solar panels. Residents have reported receiving calls from a (408) 730-7500 and (408) 730-7400 number typically in the evening and after the city’s regular business hours. While the numbers appear legitimate, the calls are made by scammers who use numbers from legitimate agencies Read More …

Sunnyvale: Landmark C.J. Olson’s Cherries fruit stand to close Sept. 30

By Julia Prodis Sulek and Khalida Sarwari Deborah Olson was born here in the 1950s at the height of cherry season, and now, at the season’s end, she has announced the bad news: the heart of the family’s century-old cherry business, the landmark C.J. Olson Cherries farm stand, is shutting down. The Sunnyvale institution that fronts El Camino Real and remains one of the last vestiges of the Valley of Hearts Delight couldn’t survive the Read More …