Low is sworn in for his second term as mayor of Campbell at special council ceremony

By Khalida Sarwari Evan Low has been sworn in as the mayor of Campbell for the second time in his young career. In 2010, Low was selected at age 26 as both the country’s youngest Asian American and openly gay mayor. On Dec. 4, after deputy city clerk Wendy Wood administered the oath to Low at a special ceremony, he was met by the other members of the council with hugs and handshakes. “It’s very Read More …

Retailers that sell tobacco products will pay a $50 annual fee for permit

By Khalida Sarwari Tobacco retailers in Campbell will see stricter regulations after the city council approved a tobacco retailer permit allowing the city to address tobacco sales violations more efficiently than the state. The 4-1 decision to approve the permit was made at a Nov. 20 council meeting; it will cost retailers an annual fee of $50. Councilman Jeff Cristina dissented, stating that while he agrees with having such a permit in place, he does Read More …

DJs, live bands able to play late into night at Villa Ragusa, says council

By Khalida Sarwari Villa Ragusa will begin offering its banquet customers the option to have a DJ or live bands late into the night with the Campbell City Council’s approval of a live entertainment permit. The council gave unanimous approval at a Nov. 20 meeting for a permit that will allow the venue to host a DJ and live bands Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday, Saturday and holidays from Read More …

Dinner guest stirs things up at Westmont

By Khalida Sarwari After a summer hiatus, the Westmont High School performing arts department is back in business with its first production of the year. The subject of the newest play is a Simon Cowell-like character set in a time when there was no TVs or Internet. The Man Who Came to Dinner, Westmont’s latest production, is a comedy in three acts written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, featuring Ali Molaei as the Read More …

Farmers market layout raises concerns for county fire dept., but local merchants like it

By Khalida Sarwari What was deemed a win-win for all involved in the changed layout of the Downtown Campbell Farmers Market four months ago turned out not to be so favorable for the county fire department. Earlier this month, Santa Clara County Fire Department chief Ken Kehmna addressed a letter to Campbell city manager Amy Brown stating that the newly modified layout poses a risk to public safety and that it would have to possibly Read More …