Sunnyvale council upholds plan to turn mobile home park into townhouses

By Khalida Sarwari The Sunnyvale City Council decided this week it won’t block a proposed townhouse development that will displace a handful of dwellers remaining in the Blue Bonnet Mobile Home Park. The council’s 7-0 vote Tuesday night followed a lengthy discussion that saw nearly a dozen speakers, including three council candidates, urge it to overturn the planning commission’s approval of Dividend Homes’ plan to redevelop the 3.26-acre park into 62 three-story townhouses. The mood throughout Read More …

Cupertino’s business tax may yet get on 2018 ballot

By Khalida Sarwari Cupertino voters may get a chance to weigh in this year on whether to change the way the city taxes businesses after all. Like Mountain View, Cupertino is considering imposing an employee tax on Apple and other businesses in the city. The question is whether to hold a special election next year or wait until 2020, but it appears the first option is too expensive and the second will require a long wait. Read More …

It’ll be Rocha versus Ellenberg in Santa Clara County supervisor’s race

By Khalida Sarwari It’s finally official. Susan Ellenberg’s opponent in the November runoff race for Santa Clara County District 4 supervisor will be Don Rocha. Results of the primary election — certified July 5 by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters — showed Rocha beating Pierluigi Oliverio by 807 votes for second place, thus concluding a contentious race marked by smear tactics and sexual harassment allegations. It was a race that saw Ellenberg, president of Read More …

Santa Clara’s legendary By-Th’-Bucket destroyed by fire

By Khalida Sarwari Nearly a year after it closed its doors for good, a building that once housed popular Santa Clara eatery By-Th’-Bucket mysteriously went up in flames Friday night. The space was being remodeled for a different restaurant under new ownership. The blaze was first reported at 4565 Stevens Creek Blvd., formerly the site of By-Th’-Bucket, around 10:35 p.m., said Santa Clara fire Chief Bill Kelly. The fire reached three alarms as more than Read More …

Racist posters popping up in South Bay

By Khalida Sarwari Racist fliers that appear to be the handiwork of a white nationalist group have been popping up all across the country and now seem to be penetrating the Bay Area’s progressive bubble. Over the past month, the posters have been discovered in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood, Saratoga and Campbell. Saratoga appears to be the latest target of Patriot Front, a Texas-based nationalist group led by a 19-year-old white man. The group’s Read More …