A blend of traditional and modern, 2018 Santa Clara County Fair aims to please all

By Khalida Sarwari An LGBTQ-themed night, Indian Independence Day celebration and silent disco party — the 2018 Santa Clara County Fair is not your grandmother’s county fair. But the sight of a spinning ferris wheel, the familiar smell of funnel cakes and the reappearance of pepper steak should rekindle some visitors’ memories of the fair’s glory days as the fun gets underway on Aug. 2. The thematic amalgam of contemporary and old-fashioned is new executive Read More …

Treatment scheduled Thursday in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara to eradicate West Nile Virus-infected mosquitoes

By Khalida Sarwari Parts of Sunnyvale and Santa Clara will be sprayed late Thursday night as part of a mosquito eradication effort to protect against the spread of West Nile virus. The Santa Clara County Vector Control District scheduled the 11 p.m. truck-mounted mosquito control treatment after determining that a sampling of adult mosquitoes near Sunnyvale and Santa Clara had tested positive for the virus. West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes and Read More …

Sunnyvale mobile home park’s last holdouts cling to hope as demolition looms

By Khalida Sarwari Underneath the bulging eyeball that overlooks a road into Blue Bonnet Mobile Home Park, a sign advises: “Slow Down.” But the pace of activity under its watchful gaze has been anything but slow over the past year, as one resident after another has packed their bags and departed, leaving behind memories of neighbors holding barbecue block parties and children playing together, back in the days when area homes sold for $30,000. All that Read More …

Police nab four suspected of pistol-whipping Sunnyvale man inside his RV

By Khalida Sarwari Mountain View police this week arrested four people on suspicion of pistol-whipping a Sunnyvale teenager inside his RV in what appeared to be a gang-related attack. A 16-year-old Mountain View boy told responding officers on July 12 he was nearly attacked twice that day by people in cars, once as he was walking near Ortega Park and again in the parking lot of Rengstorff Park, according to police. Both times the cars — A Honda Read More …

Sunnyvale’s new park named after city arborist Loren Wiser

By Khalida Sarwari When Sunnyvale solicited names for its new park on Deguigne Drive earlier this year, some residents (pranksters?) asked why not Parky McParkface? But when the dust cleared, a wiser choice emerged. On Tuesday night the City Council picked Wiser Park, named after Loren Wiser, a longtime city arborist who died in 2007 at the age of 59. It was “the reasonable thing to do,” Vice Mayor Larry Klein said. The council’s vote was unanimous after Read More …