Law holding parents responsible for teen home parties approved

By Khalida Sarwari The Cupertino City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday holding parents responsible for any underage drinking or marijuana smoking that goes on under their roof. But they disagreed about how severe the punishment should be. The ordinance calls for a first-offense fine of $500 for anyone who owns, rents or leases the premises where underage drinking or marijuana consumption take place. A second violation would draw a fine double that. Meanwhile, teens 18 […]

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Sunnyvale: Safety work at Caltrain station begins Monday

By Khalida Sarwari Work will begin Monday on a project intended to make the Sunnyvale Caltrain Station safer for passengers. Caltrain announced this week that its project will involve relocating the north pedestrian crossing 83 feet to allow a six-car train to load and unload at the station platform without blocking the existing pedestrian crossings. Crews will also update concrete surfaces at the station that have become uneven and pose a potential tripping hazard, according […]

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Cupertino adopts ambitious pedestrian plan

By Khalida Sarwari Cupertino is taking the next big step toward becoming a more walkable city. The City Council adopted a pedestrian transportation plan Feb. 20 that establishes three objectives: reduce the number and severity of pedestrian-related collisions, injuries and fatalities; increase and improve access to destinations throughout the city for people of all abilities and ages; and continue to develop a connected pedestrian network. The document will address Cupertino’s current and future pedestrian needs, […]

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Milpitas Library offers a private space for breastfeeding moms

By Khalida Sarwari Celebrated on March 8 every year, International Women’s Day is usually a good time to pause and take stock of the advancements women have made from the boardroom to the silver screen and myriad industries. And because a growing proportion of key decision-makers in business, politics and public service are women, cities in turn are finding ways to meet their needs. A “female-friendly city” is one where planners, designers and policy makers […]

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Bid to name San Jose’s Gardner neighborhood a historical area picks up steam

By Khalida Sarwari A recently published consultant’s memo may have strengthened the case for designating the Gardner neighborhood as a historical area. The memo revealed that Gardner was the first neighborhood annexed by San Jose. As a result, the San Jose Historic Landmarks Commission suggested at its Feb. 7 meeting that the City Council deem the neighborhood historical. In December, the commission recommended that the North Willow Glen area be designed historical but didn’t take […]

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