Exhibit about Ohlone tribe to open at De Anza College Oct. 23

By Khalida Sarwari The Sayers have a saying: “When ceremony and dancing stop, so does the Earth.” At Indian Canyon in Hollister, the only land continuously held by the Ohlone–the first inhabitants of the San Francisco and Monterey regions–ceremonies are more than just regularly held events; they’re a way of life for the indigenous people. “We are still here and we’re not invisible, but the dominant society feels as though we are,” said Anne Marie Read More …

‘Rocky Horror’ returns, adds benefit show for fire relief efforts

By Khalida Sarwari Proving that real life is indeed scarier than nightmares, the Famous Monsters of Filmland were faced with one of the deadliest wildfires in California history as they were preparing for their Halloween event in San Jose later this month. The catastrophe led the company to cancel its three-day Cosmic Con, leaving producers of “The Rocky Horror Show” scrambling to find a new location for their production. They not only found a new Read More …

Cupertino student recognized for her love of trees

By Khalida Sarwari Try conjuring up an image of Cupertino and apples come to mind—OK, more like one specific Apple, but 17-year-old Karen Ma wants people to think more about the trees that apples grow on, and she’s doing her part to make sure they’re visible all around her city. Karen, a senior at Monta Vista High School, has dedicated herself to making the city greener. To her, the cause is a no-brainer; the environmental 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 …

Legalization of marijuana in California doesn’t make it OK to drive stoned

By Khalida Sarwari Just because marijuana is legal in California doesn’t mean people can drive around stoned. The state is establishing methods and protocols for testing drivers’ blood for marijuana and determining the legal limit for marijuana impairment while driving. “There are companies developing tests right now,” said Shawn Ahearn, a captain at the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety. Alex Traverso, a spokesman for the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, said state officials are meeting Read More …