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February 28, 2024

Rivas leads effort to combat growing retail theft problem

Nearly four months after forming a bipartisan select committee and two hearings later, Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas announced legislation Feb. 15 to combat shoplifting and organized retail theft—just beating a legislative deadline to introduce new bills. The Hollister Democrat joined Democratic Assemblymembers Rick Zbur of...

Wet weather ‘a big boost’ for district’s reservoir levels

Santa Clara County’s water storage reservoirs are at healthy levels due to the rainy winter, according to Valley Water.  The local water district’s 10 reservoirs are collectively about 130% of their normal water levels for this time of year, Valley Water spokesperson Matt Keller said...

Local football players compete in Wedemeyer all-star game 

Football, fun, rain and more competition than usual in an all-star game. That was the story for many local gridiron seniors on Feb. 3, in the 49th annual Charlie Wedemeyer Game at Los Gatos High.  Athletes from Gilroy, Christopher, Live Oak and Sobrato filled out...

A year after Britton’s heartbreak, redemption

A year ago, the Britton Middle School seventh-grade boys basketball team was denied a storybook ending, suffering its first and only loss of the season in the East Side Athletic League playoff championship game.  With many of those same players grading a year up and...

Bill proposes bond measure for offshore wind energy

In a step toward building the first massive wind farms off California’s coast, three Assemblymembers on Feb. 12 proposed a $1 billion bond act to help pay for the expansion of ports. The bill, if approved, would place a bond before voters aimed at helping...

Morgan Hill man charged with swindling $2.4M from victims

Prosecutors in Santa Clara County are charging a Morgan Hill man with multiple counts of fraud-related crimes after he allegedly befriended people only to swindle them.   Sayed Faquiryan, 45, is charged with grand theft, securities fraud, identity theft, passing bad checks and filing a false...

Car club to host fundraiser for Morgan Hill family involved in tragic collision

Elisa and Valentina Ornelas—ages 7 and 4, respectively—enjoyed Volkswagens as much as their father, Cesar Ornelas, who is a collector of vintage vehicles. They loved riding in his yellow Bug, which the girls called “the banana,” or his green Volkswagen (“the green bean”) to...

Assemblymember Gail Pellerin leads fight to ban deep fake political ads

A suite of five bills introduced this week seeks to protect election integrity from bad actors using AI, especially on social media. Concerned that AI-generated fake political ads can discourage voter participation, 28th District Democratic Assemblymember Gail Pellerin of Santa Cruz said she’ll propose a...

Lawsuit filed by MH resident challenges county’s ‘Domestic Violence Protocol’

It was a Valentine’s Day from hell. According to a complaint filed Feb. 9 in federal court, Tom Mosgrove spent Valentine’s Day in 2022 in Santa Clara County jail after his then-wife called the police and reported that he pushed her into a closet and...

Santa Clara Valley Wineries earn gold at competition 

Getting to the Sweepstakes round at the largest wine competition in North America takes a wine that outshines and outlasts 5,700 entries from more than 1,000 wineries in North America, Mexico and Canada.  The San Francisco Chronicle is not only the first official wine competition...

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