Skeletal remains found under San Mateo home

By Khalida Sarwari Skeletal remains, possibly belonging to a Native American, were discovered under a San Mateo home Friday. However, authorities said they haven’t yet determined if the bones are human. A construction crew discovered the remains about 12:30 p.m. as they were digging under a house being renovated in the 900 block of 10th Avenue, said San Mateo police Sgt. Al Baccei. Because of how deeply entrenched the bones were, it appears they have Read More …

Santa Clara County sets aside $5 million to help domestic violence victims

By Khalida Sarwari It was in a shrub in a corner of her neighbor’s house down the street, trembling with fear in torn pajamas, a housecoat and flip flops underneath pitch black skies, where Dorothy Yamamoto finally made her life-changing phone call to the Gilroy Police Department. “I told them that my husband tried to kill me and that I escaped out of my house,” she recalled. “Please send help, but with no sirens or Read More …

Oliverio clings to second place to face Ellenberg in November supervisor race

By Khalida Sarwari Although the race for Santa Clara County’s District 4 supervisor seat was rife with accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct, it’s unclear how big a role that ultimately played in Tuesday’s primary election results. Susan Ellenberg, one of only two female candidates in the race, received the most votes — 12,266, or 32.37 percent — to start the November general election runoff as the clear leader. Her opponent at the moment, former San Read More …

Ellenberg and Oliverio apparently to square off in November for District 4 supervisor seat

By Khalida Sarwari In a hotly contested primary race for Santa Clara County District 4 supervisor where accusations of sexual harassment sometimes drowned out a discussion of transportation, housing and other issues, Susan Ellenberg emerged as the top vote getter and likely will face former San Jose Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio in a November runoff, election results showed Wednesday morning. Oliverio ended up with only 105 more votes than current San Jose Councilman Don Rocha for second Read More …

71 percent of voters support Apple employee tax, survey shows

By Khalida Sarwari Seventy-one percent of Cupertino voters would support imposing a controversial employee tax on Apple and other businesses in the city to help pay for needed transit and housing improvements, according to a survey the city released today. Almost 400 respondents were asked if they would vote to replace the city’s traditional business license tax with one that taxes companies based on their number of employees. The Cupertino City Council is considering placing Read More …