Mountain View’s ‘head tax’ measure passes; Incumbents Siegel, Showalter ousted by new council members

By Khalida Sarwari and Tatiana Sanchez Months of debate over Mountain View’s proposal to charge Google and other businesses a tax based on the number of their employees culminated with a resounding victory Tuesday night, with unofficial election results showing ballot Measure P captured 69.22 percent yes votes. And in the Mountain View City Council race, Mayor Lenny Siegel and Councilwoman Pat Showalter were swept out of office in a contest where six candidates vied Read More …

Cupertino assistant principal catches heat for slamming girls dance team attire

By Khalida Sarwari In the weeks following Monta Vista High School’s Homecoming rally, the conversations among students on campus have centered around two things: the disappointment of the graduating class losing to the juniors and what the school’s assistant principal said about the girls on the dance team. Some of the details around the controversial remark made by assistant principal Mike White are murky, but at least one person overheard him saying members of the Read More …

Sunnyvale to lower speed limits around public schools

By Khalida Sarwari Sunnyvale drivers will need to ease up on the pedal around the city’s school zones following the City Council’s decision this week to lower speed limits by 10 mph, and in some cases by 15 mph. In an unanimous vote Wednesday night, the council agreed to roll back the speed limit to 15 mph at 35 locations near 16 schools. The current limit at most of the schools has been 25 mph. Read More …

Group says it has enough signatures for referendum to block Vallco development

By Khalida Sarwari A group of Cupertino residents announced Tuesday enough signatures have been collected for a ballot referendum that would seek to quash a community-forged plan to transform the near-vacant Vallco Shopping Mall into a massive mixed-use development. The group, called Friends of Better Cupertino, already sued the city this summer for failing to block Sand Hill Property Co.’s own proposal to turn the shopping center into a mix of housing, offices and retail Read More …

Antarctica is no longer the cool place it used to be for its cold-adapted fish. So what changed?

By Khalida Sarwari It’s what drives every scientific expedition. Without it, Lewis and Clark would not have ventured out west and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin would never have stepped foot onto the Saturn V rocket that launched them into space. It’s a burning curiosity, a nagging itch to discover what lies just beyond the horizon. The philosopher Thomas Hobbes had a name for it: “the lust of the mind.” It’s the same reflex that Read More …