Evacuations lifted for homes near Concord grass fire

By Khalida Sarwari and Jason Green By A wind-driven grass fire ignited in Concord near the Walnut Creek border on Friday afternoon, prompting the evacuation of several homes, authorities said. After several hours, residents were allowed back into their homes by 10:30 p.m. Reported about 3:40 p.m. at Ygnacio Valley and Cowell roads, the blaze had burned 268 acres in and around the Lime Ridge open space area and was 85 percent contained as of 9:45 Read More …

‘Head tax’ on Google and other Mountain View businesses headed for ballot

By Khalida Sarwari Mountain View voters will decide this fall whether Google and other businesses should be slapped with an employee “head tax” to help alleviate the traffic and housing problems that plague Silicon Valley. The City Council voted unanimously late Tuesday to place a measure on the November ballot asking residents to authorize taxing businesses between $9 and $149 per employee, depending on their size. If the measure passes, the tax could generate upwards Read More …

Cupertino puts controversial business ‘head tax’ plan on hold for now

By Khalida Sarwari Cupertino’s elected officials have put on hold a controversial proposal for an employee “head tax” on Apple and other businesses just weeks after Seattle repealed a similar plan in the face of fierce opposition from Amazon, Starbucks and other large employers. The city council’s 3-1 vote Tuesday to wait until at least next year before putting a plan before voters leaves Mountain View as the only Silicon Valley city still proceeding with Read More …

Cupertino’s ‘Apple employee tax’ put off for one year

By Khalida Sarwari Cupertino elected officials have scrapped a controversial plan — for now — to impose an employee tax on Apple and other businesses in the city, saying they don’t want to move forward in haste and will instead ask voters to weigh in during a special election in 2019. Though the city council intended only to discuss the plan Tuesday night, after impassioned public comment during which several people spoke out against the Read More …

Are tiny homes the new American Dream? Santa Clara County Fair offers a glimpse

By Khalida Sarwari It’s 2018 and the American Dream looks slightly different. The big house has been replaced with a … tiny house. The white picket fence is now four wheels. The 2.5 kids are missing and the dog … OK, the dog is still there and he’s probably living a better life than you. A vision of this new ever-dynamic dream was on display at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds this weekend at Tinyfest, Read More …