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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sunnyvale: Safety work at Caltrain station begins Monday

By Khalida Sarwari Work will begin Monday on a project intended to make the Sunnyvale Caltrain Station safer for passengers. Caltrain announced this week that its project will involve relocating the north pedestrian crossing 83 feet to allow a six-car train to load and unload at the station platform without blocking the existing pedestrian crossings. Crews will also update concrete surfaces at the station that have become uneven and pose a potential tripping hazard, according […]

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