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Summit Public Schools must be held accountable for school closure, Sunnyvale officials say

Summit Denali community members, city government officials and school board trustees joined together Wednesday to denounce the decision to close the Sunnyvale charter school and demand that Summit Public Schools be audited. At the press conference, Sunnyvale Councilmember Richard Mehlinger said he remembers long before he joined the council, when parents first advocated for Summit Public Schools to bring the Denali campus to the city. “I remember how they turned out because they believed in th

Housing proposal for unhoused leaves Santa Clara residents sharply divided

A boisterous crowd of Santa Clara residents booed city councilmembers, shouted at county officials and exchanged barbs with their neighbors at a recent community meeting outlining a proposed project to shelter the city’s unhoused population. The project proposed by Santa Clara County and the nonprofit LifeMoves would bring a complex of 80 to 120 housing units with individual bathrooms to county-owned land at the corner of Benton Street and Lawrence Expressway, according to the project’s website

Cold Bay Area rains fail to shut down vibrant Holi celebration in Fremont

The color of Saturday was pure drab gray until Purav Bhatt and his friends filled the air — and each other’s faces — with fistfuls of hot pink, bright yellow and deep blue powder. On a cold, rainy day in Fremont, dozens of Indian Americans gathered at Irvington High School to celebrate Holi, a colorful Hindu festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil and the arrival of spring. Temperatures were in the 40s and the courtyard at the high school was doused in rain, but that didn’t hamper t

‘Our kids deserve better’: Teachers, parents plead with Sunnyvale school to keep doors open

In the wake of Summit Denali’s startling announcement last month that the Sunnyvale charter school could close its doors permanently in June, teachers and students rallied outside the campus Tuesday, pleading with administrators to keep it open to avoid displacing students. Summit Denali has cited financial issues — particularly, a $4.5 million funding gap — as the reason why the school is struggling to keep operating. School officials blame that gap on under-enrollment, ineligibility for SB 7

A ‘pedestrian scramble’ is coming to a Cupertino intersection. How does it work?

On Monday, Cupertino will begin using a pedestrian scramble at one of its intersections for the first time, hoping to boost pedestrian safety and ease traffic during school commute times at the busy intersection of Bubb and McClellan roads. The scrambles will occur between 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and then resume in the afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pedestrian scrambles involve turning all the traffic lights at an intersection red at the same time to stop traffic in all directions and to a

‘The whole ceiling was on top of me’: Fallen tree displaces San Jose couple

In the early hours on a recent gloomy day, 29-year-old Lauren Kirchick was awakened by crazy “hurricane wind” pounding on her bedroom window. She felt the urge to check on the two large eucalyptus trees across from her home of six years — living in the Bay Area, she didn’t usually worry too much about the weather, but that night’s storm seemed different. While she peered through the blinds at her San Jose condo, her husband, Eric, 30, got up to use the bathroom across the hall. “I’m watching,

Wish Book: Live in Peace helps young people see themselves in the future

The 19-year-old East Palo Alto teen can be seen cruising around the South Bay, pulling off gravity-defying wheelies and eye-popping swerves at the drop of a hat. His skill and unwavering passion for cycling stands out to anyone who catches a glimpse — whether out in the streets or on social media, where he shares videos of his rides. And his confidence that he can pull off the tricks is equally matched by his determination to get back up whenever he makes a wrong move or takes a tough fall. Mal

Concerns over racial injustice, hopes to keep Texas red drove North Texans to vote on Election Day

Tens of thousands of North Texas voters cast ballots on a mostly uneventful Election Day with relatively short lines, after a record-breaking three weeks of early voting. In an election season marked by anxiety and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, voters were driven to the polls for different reason. One said a summer of racial injustice pushed him to cast a ballot; another said he wanted to keep Texas red. One woman who feared voting in person because of COVID-19 did it anyway, saying the el

Denton ISD investigating allegations of racial slurs, inappropriate comments at football game

Some students from Guyer High School in Denton directed racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments toward students from an opposing school at a football game last Thursday, witnesses said. The alleged comments were made during a game against Mansfield’s Lake Ridge High School. “We were unable to corroborate instances of racial slurs used,” Denton school officials said in a statement, “however, the full investigation is not complete as we are reviewing further allegations of hateful speech di

Advocacy and accountability key for Dallas educator who is first Black man named Texas Teacher of the Year

Dallas elementary school teacher Eric Hale believes that you don’t need to wait for Superman if you’ve got your own cape in the closet. Hale draws on his own experiences as a Black student, saying he knows what it’s like to be “failed up” through the American education system. He wants to be a superhero for his students so they don’t have that same experience. “I’m an advocate for the children that I know are living in poverty, that I know are living in trauma — that’s my tribe,” he said. “I r

'I thought I was going to burn in a building': LA apartment fire raises concerns over ASU student safety

One ASU student was present during the fire When Hannah Foote woke up in Los Angeles to the sound of sirens on Wednesday morning, she didn’t think much of it — she knew they were coming from emergency personnel rushing to the scene of a fire at a nearby Wells Fargo bank. “When I kept hearing it throughout the day, I would get up for a second and then just go back to bed, kind of annoyed that it was still going on,” Foote said. But what Foote wasn’t prepared for, she said, was that another fire would soon start in her own building, and she wouldn’t know about it until it was nearly too late.

Justices concede likely impact of DACA ruling, still question program

Justices concede likely impact of DACA ruling, still question program WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court grappled Tuesday with the push to end the DACA program, with some justices suggesting that the Trump administration’s justification for the move was flimsy and did not take into account its full impact. But other justices seemed to agree with Solicitor General Noel Francisco that the administration had provided more than enough reasons for its decision, and that doing away with DACA was just an

Lawyers leery of ICE's move to schedule court dates for DACA recipients

Lawyers leery of ICE’s move to schedule court dates for DACA recipients WASHINGTON – Lawyers in Arizona and southern Nevada said they have started receiving notices that Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to set new court dates for their clients who are currently protected from deportation by DACA. The notices started coming just weeks before the Supreme Court’s Nov. 12 arguments on several challenges to the Trump administration’s effort to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood

De'Von Bailey: Colorado family wants investigation into police shooting

De'Von Bailey was shot in the back and killed by police, his family says. They're rallying for 'justice' Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story misrepresented a quote from Deb Walker, executive director of Citizens Project. The family of a black Colorado man who was fatally shot by police this month in Colorado Springs are rallying to demand an independent investigation into his death. Surveillance video obtained last week by The Gazette newspaper in Colorado Springs a

California ammunition sales require background check, starting July 1

A win for public safety or a government ploy? California set to require background check for ammo sales LOS ANGELES — The bustle inside LAX Ammunition on the Friday before Father’s Day betrayed the gloom of the outside sky. Employees inside the Los Angeles-area gun shop had their hands full chatting with customers who were looking to replenish their ammo supply before July 1, with some customers spending hundreds of dollars in the process. Why the hurry? That’s the day a new state law will re

Protesters rally against presence of border patrol agents at career fair

Protesters demonstrated in front of the Student Pavilion to show solidarity with undocumented students Dozens of students gathered outside of the Student Pavilion on the Tempe campus Thursday to oppose the presence of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents at a career fair. The career fair was one of several regularly scheduled events that take place throughout the year, allowing students to network with potential employers and look for job opportunities. But some students said the presence of CBP agents on campus poses a threat to migrant students.

ASU students say controversial posters still stir fear among the University's minority communities

The University condemned "hateful rhetoric," but some students say they're still afraid Earlier in February, ASU students reported seeing posters in various locations on ASU’s Tempe and downtown Phoenix campuses that some say were intended to intimidate students of color. While the University was quick to respond with a written statement denouncing the posters and has a team dedicated to handle such incidents, some ASU students of minority communities say they still fear they may be targeted.

Protesters for, against Kavanaugh stage spirited, largely civil rallies

WASHINGTON – Senators heard the conflicting stories Thursday of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women who accused him of assault, but protesters outside the hearing seemed to have already made up their minds. Hundreds of anti-Kavanaugh protesters and a smaller number of supporters rallied at the Supreme Court and around Capitol Hill for hours of spirited, but mostly civil, debate. “He’s a perpetrator, he’s a rapist, and they just don’t care,” said Ed
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