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June 2, 2023
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State rolls back some water restrictions

Lexington Reservoir at capacity
The drought might not be completely done with California, but the state’s residents are now free of the strictest water conservation measures put in place by Gov. Gavin Newsom nearly two years ago.  Standing at a podium in front of a storm-soaked agricultural field in...

Storm clouds bearing down on region

Calm before the storm
Another atmospheric river moved into San Jose and the Greater Bay Area from the coast this morning, and forecasters say things will get worse through Friday night. Heavy rain, strong wind, and thunderstorms are all expected. A spokesperson for the The National Weather Service said the...

Rare snowfall hits region

snow in Santa Cruz Mountains
A rare snowfall has dusted the Greater Bay Area and the National Weather Service is predicting more on its way over the weekend. The agency posted a photo on Twitter today of the Santa Cruz Harbor that showed snow even landing nearby boats at sea...

As Biden visits, local reps plead for disaster aid

Biden and Newsom wave
The Bay Area Congressional delegation—Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-19), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-18), Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-16) and Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17)—wrote to President Joe Biden on Jan. 19 to request that relief for Santa Clara County be included in the Presidential Major Declaration for...

Food donations increase after implementation of new law

A new state law allowed Santa Clara County businesses to donate almost 5 million pounds of food during the first half of 2022, according to a press release from the county.  SB 1383 took effect this year. It requires grocery stores and other businesses to...

BLAZING BATTERIES: Recycler fined $25k for Campbell garbage truck fires

A San Jose recycling company has been ordered by a Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge to pay $25,000 in civil penalties for causing dangerous fires to start in the back of garbage trucks in Campbell.   The company, iDiskk, LLC, its principal Yue Zou,...

Planning Commission sides with homeowner in dispute with County Fire

Bay Area hillside development
A homeowner who sought an exception to new fire-safe rules recently rolled out by the State won over Planning Commissioners and was granted development approval. Despite Santa Clara County Fire Department representatives appearing in the special Zoom meeting on Nov. 21 to argue against allowing...

Children lead environmental project in Plaza Park

camp clean-up
A few months back, neighbors Maggie Contro, an 8-year-old third-grader at Daves Avenue Elementary, and Arlo Britz, a 7-year-old boy a grade below, were sweeping her home’s porch, when they realized they were doing something worth scaling. Contro had been wanting to start some kind...

Farmers Insurance extends CZU claim deadline for resident

French's house
It was on Aug. 11 that 69-year-old Lexington Hills resident Sidney French reached out to Farmers Insurance to gain more information about the “Additional Living Expense” coverage on her home insurance policy. That’s the section that’s meant to help customers get reimbursed for costs incurred...

Resident: Sluggish permit process delays wildfire-mitigation plan

evening sun hillside
Heather Kelley counted 15 days the power was out last August, up at her place that’s perched atop the Santa Cruz Mountains along Skyline Boulevard. “It makes our life just a living hell up here,” she said. “It’s absolutely terrifying.” Kelley says it’s not just the...