Antarctica is no longer the cool place it used to be for its cold-adapted fish. So what changed?

By Khalida Sarwari It’s what drives every scientific expedition. Without it, Lewis and Clark would not have ventured out west and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin would never have stepped foot onto the Saturn V rocket that launched them into space. It’s a burning curiosity, a nagging itch to discover what lies just beyond the horizon. The philosopher Thomas Hobbes had a name for it: “the lust of the mind.” It’s the same reflex that Read More …

Sunnyvale mobile home park’s last holdouts cling to hope as demolition looms

By Khalida Sarwari Underneath the bulging eyeball that overlooks a road into Blue Bonnet Mobile Home Park, a sign advises: “Slow Down.” But the pace of activity under its watchful gaze has been anything but slow over the past year, as one resident after another has packed their bags and departed, leaving behind memories of neighbors holding barbecue block parties and children playing together, back in the days when area homes sold for $30,000. All that Read More …

‘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 …

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 …

Cities in Santa Clara County scramble to ban marijuana sales ahead of Jan. 1

By Khalida Sarwari Twenty years after California voters legalized marijuana for medicinal use, they took the next big step at the ballot box last November by deciding it’s OK to toke for fun too. But while 57 percent of the state’s voters embraced the recreational use of pot by approving Proposition 64, South Bay cities are sitting back and waiting for the smoke to clear before amending their local laws to let the once forbidden Read More …