Sunnyvale bans anyone younger than 21 from buying semi-automatic rifles

By Khalida Sarwari Starting next month, no one younger than 21 will be allowed to buy a semi-automatic centerfire rifle from any of Sunnyvale’s five gun shops. In the wake of school shootings around the nation, the City Council this week unanimously decided to raise the minimum age for buying guns from 18 to 21, making Sunnyvale the first city in Santa Clara County to do so. Mayor Glenn Hendricks said the council’s action wasn’t spurred Read More …

Cupertino council reflects on decision to postpone ‘Apple tax’

By Khalida Sarwari The ballot language was prepared and the polls supported it. But as it considered following in Mountain View’s footsteps by placing a measure on this November’s ballot proposing to tax Apple and other businesses based on the number of their employees, the Cupertino City Council backed off Tuesday night much like Seattle recently did amid strong opposition to a similar tax from its biggest employers, Amazon and Starbucks. A day after the Read More …

Cupertino shelves proposed ‘head tax’ on Apple employees for now

By Khalida Sarwari The Cupertino City Council on Tuesday night put the brakes on a controversial plan to impose an employee “head tax” on Apple and other businesses. The council’s 4-0 decision to wait until 2020 before putting the tax proposal before voters leaves Mountain View as the only Silicon Valley city proceeding with the so-called head tax this year. Numerous speakers, including members of the local and regional business community, supported postponing the proposal Read More …

Lawsuit accuses Cupertino nursing home of understaffing to increase profit

By Khalida Sarwari A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Cupertino Healthcare & Wellness Center and more than a dozen other skilled nursing homes accused of deliberately running an understaffed business to make a bigger profit. The 24-hour skilled nursing home and rehab facility on Voss Avenue is one of four Bay Area businesses named in the suit; the other three are in Hayward, Novato and San Rafael. All four, in addition to 11 others Read More …

Apple ‘head’ tax gets another look Tuesday night

By Khalida Sarwari Cupertino city officials will decide Tuesday night whether to put a measure before voters this fall asking them to change the way the city taxes Apple and other businesses. If the council agrees, a measure will be on the November ballot asking residents to authorize charging bigger businesses a “head” or per-employee tax, depending on the size of the company. If the measure passes, the tax could generate upwards of $8 to Read More …