#SJSU18 goes off without a hitch at Avaya Stadium

By Khalida Sarwari There were a few firsts at San Jose State’s commencement ceremony for the social science students Thursday. It was the first time in 70 years that the school held its graduation off campus and the first time that each of the thousand-plus graduates had their name called. For 23-year-old Ruben Hughes, it was one of the most thrilling parts of the show. “I’m super excited to hear my name called,” said Hughes, a Read More …

Need a safe place to exchange goods? Sunnyvale police has just the place for you

By Khalida Sarwari Following the lead of cities like Milpitas and Fremont, the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety has found a safer place for strangers to exchange goods — right in front of police headquarters. The new exchange zone is the department’s solution to the apprehension a buyer might feel, for example, about picking up that imported Nintendo game he snatched at a great deal off of Craigslist. It’s also a place where parents who Read More …

San Jose principal becomes a U.S. citizen in front of her students

By Khalida Sarwari Gloria Marchant has walked through the double doors of San Jose High School countless times in her four years as principal, but Tuesday was different. The 44-year-old educator walked in as an immigrant and strolled out a newly minted American citizen after a ceremony before dozens of her students, many of them undocumented immigrants treading their own laborious paths to legalization. It was those “Dreamers” — who were brought here illegally as Read More …

Who are the six candidates gunning for Yeager’s seat?

By Khalida Sarwari After a top contender abandoned his campaign for Santa Clara County supervisor amid sexual allegations, the field of candidates jockeying to replace Supervisor Ken Yeager has suddenly narrowed to six. Yeager can no longer run due to term limits, so for the first time in 12 years Santa Clara County voters will see a new face representing them in District 4 on the Board of Supervisors. San Jose Unified School District Board Read More …

Oliverio addresses purported smear campaign by labor unions

By Khalida Sarwari About two dozen female supporters of Pierluigi Oliverio — among them San Jose Councilwoman Dev Davis — on Friday defended the candidate for Santa Clara County supervisor and denounced local labor groups for linking him to the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore in recent campaign mailers. Davis accused the unions of trying to “derail the campaign of a good man” by equating the allegations against Oliverio with those leveled against Read More …