Let’s talk about sex: school districts attempt to navigate new state law

By Khalida Sarwari and Kristi Myllenbeck In classrooms, district offices and school board rooms around the county, the conversation lately has pivoted to one subject: sex. Everyone from parents to educators seems to be talking about it. More specifically, they’re arguing about how best to present the sensitive topic to impressionable prepubescent youths while complying with a new state law that put extra demands on sexual education courses. For some districts, that has meant completely redoing their curriculum, a Read More …

Emmy-winning comedian Louie Anderson brings jokes to Saratoga

By Khalida Sarwari Anyone familiar with Louie Anderson knows that—much like his stand-up shows—his conversations are littered with F-bombs. Just not the kind that make people want to reach for the soap. The veteran comedian eschews profanity—the standard fare of many a modern comic—for material that touches upon other ‘F’ words, such as fat, family and being over 50. Four-letter words just aren’t his thing, he said in an interview on a late afternoon in Read More …

Iranian-American community celebrates Persian New Year amid political anxieties

By Khalida Sarwari The outfits were lavish and colorful, the smiles were unwavering, the jokes were flowing and the cake was bountiful and sweet. Beneath the veneer of lighthearted fun that the West Valley College Persian New Year celebration has come to personify over the years, the warm breeze that passed through the Campus Center on Monday afternoon carried a solemness, a palpable uneasiness. The observation didn’t go unnoticed by Renee Paquier, one of two organizers Read More …

Community choice energy coming to Silicon Valley in April

By Khalida Sarwari Along much of the Pacific Northwest, hydroelectric dams, wind turbines, geothermal heat pumps and landfill systems work around the clock to convert natural resources to renewable energy as part of a movement toward a low-carbon, high-energy-efficiency economy. And Silicon Valley, famous for setting trends, is hitching its wagon to the movement, hoping to pave the way for dozens of other communities in California. Residents and businesses in a number of South Bay Read More …

Low unemployment great for employees, not so much for some employers

By Khalida Sarwari Not long after employees of Pasta Pomodoro in Sunnyvale’s Cherry Orchard Shopping Center were notified via text message that the restaurant chain was closing indefinitely, management posted a sign on the window announcing the sudden closure to the world. Less than a week later, three more fliers were posted right underneath that sign, but this time by local pizzeria chain Amici’s—to advertise that it was hiring. It was almost as if the universe was Read More …