Community gathers to discuss what to do with Vallco

By Khalida Sarwari For the second time this year, the Cupertino community and other interested stakeholders got a chance to help shape the future of Vallco. A March 13 presentation at Cupertino Community Hall led by Dan Parolek of Berkeley-based architecture and urban design firm Opticos included live polling as well as breakout sessions where people were invited to write down their ideas on colorful Post-it notes. By the end of the two-and-a-half-hour meeting, the Read More …

Names sought for Sunnyvale’s new park

By Khalida Sarwari Sunnyvale residents are being asked to help the city name its newest park. Dedicated to the city as part of The Vale residential development at 925 Deguigne Drive, the new 0.8-acre park includes a basketball court, play equipment, open grass area, barbecues and shaded picnic tables. The park isn’t finished yet, according to city spokeswoman Jennifer Garnett, adding it should be open to the public by this summer. Because the park is still Read More …

Sunnyvale considers requiring buyers of certain firearms to be at least 21

By Khalida Sarwari The Sunnyvale City Council this week started a conversation about raising the minimum age for purchasing certain firearms in the wake of a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., where a 19-year-old armed with an AR-15 rifle killed 17 people. Proposed by Mayor Glenn Hendricks, the ordinance would restrict gun shops and other retailers in Sunnyvale from selling semiautomatic centerfire rifles to anyone younger than 21. Only active-duty military and law enforcement personnel would Read More …

Experts offer parents mental health tips to help their kids

By Khalida Sarwari Professional help, good communication and attentive ears were among recommendations a panel of mental health experts offered Monday to Fremont Unified School District parents concerned about the well being of their children. The presentations were organized by El Camino Hospital. Glenn Teeter, a clinical psychologist who gave the evening’s first presentation, focused on suicide prevention and student wellness. The senior program therapist of El Camino Hospital’s ASPIRE program informed an audience of Read More …

Law holding parents responsible for teen home parties approved

By Khalida Sarwari The Cupertino City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday holding parents responsible for any underage drinking or marijuana smoking that goes on under their roof. But they disagreed about how severe the punishment should be. The ordinance calls for a first-offense fine of $500 for anyone who owns, rents or leases the premises where underage drinking or marijuana consumption take place. A second violation would draw a fine double that. Meanwhile, teens 18 Read More …