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 […]

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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 […]

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County and faith-based shelters take homeless in from the cold

By Khalida Sarwari With her right hand cloaked in fleece fingerless gloves, McCartney Giannoni pulled up the sleeve on her left wrist, revealing a tattoo of a bluebird. She’s been chasing a dream, she said. She has followed Paul McCartney around the world for well over a decade now. All she wants now is for him to sign her tattoo. She came pretty close once. Three years ago she was in the audience at the […]

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Artist’s book bridges divide between Quran and how it’s viewed

By Khalida Sarwari Picking up a book and reading it isn’t enough for Sandow Birk. To make sense of a text, the Los Angeles-based artist delves into it in a way only he knows how. And so to understand the Quran—the central text of Islam and arguably one of the most misunderstood books in the world—Birk spent nine years creating an illustrated manuscript of the Quran in English by hand. Titled “American Qur’an,” Birk’s work […]

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Humane Society introduces new short-term fostering program for dogs

By Khalida Sarwari He’s no snowman and he certainly doesn’t have a corncob pipe and a button nose, but Humane Society Silicon Valley’s eponymous white pooch is a jolly, happy soul who loves to play and fares better outdoors than indoors. Frosty also has become a bit of a social media star amid the organization’s efforts to promote a new program focused on giving its larger dogs a temporary break from the shelter until they find […]

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