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cisco is not leaving milpitas any time soon, city says


city manager tom williams asserted last week that media reports involving san jose-based cisco systems inc. breaking its lease at an office complex north of state route 237 in no way meant the high-tech company, which saw worldwide revenues of $12.6 billion at the end of last year, was pulling up stakes in milpitas altogether.“cisco is not leaving the city of milpitas,” williams told the city council during its april 4 meeting.he noted internet network supplier cisco — which occupies various office buildings near the milpitas-san jose border — had decided to not renew its lease with hudson pacific properties inc. for office space at 115-155 n. mccarthy blvd.cisco, according to media reports, paid $10.4 million to break its lease.“but communication with cisco is that they’re very much invol






milpitas firefighters’ toy drive to help needy on saturday


milpitas firefighters local 1699’s annual holiday toy and food drive seeks donations of food, clothing, new unwrapped toys and cash to give to needy families in milpitas and alviso.“right now we are requesting new, unwrapped toys for children aged 1-15. legos, barbies, fisher-price and disney themed toys are all very popular selections this year,” gabriel borland, an event coordinator, said via email on friday.this year’s campaign distribution, co-sponsored by milpitas fire department, city of milpitas, milpitas food pantry and the milpitas chamber of commerce, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. saturday, dec. 16 at barbara lee senior center, 40 n. milpitas blvd. families must pre-register to receive gifts.before that event, the effort includes the collection of the following items: cash






‘milk ^ cookies with santa’ event unites in milpitas


milk. cookies. santa claus.all three were in large abundance at milpitas’ annual “milk & cookies with santa” event on saturday, dec. 9 at the milpitas community center.the event, which drew a few hundred people to two sessions held saturday morning and afternoon, featured cookie decorating, crafts, balloon artists and old st. nick — who arrived to take photos with guests.the festivities also offered youngsters a chance to send a letter with their holiday wishes to the north pole.this was the second year in a row that “milk & cookies with santa.” prior to 2016, the last time the city held this event was in 2007, according to city staff.like the milpitas post’s facebook page for neighborhood news and conversation from milpitas and beyond.






milpitas gets another rematch in final


one week after surviving its first scare of the season, milpitas is one win from the program’s fourth central coast section championship.the trojans will play salinas on friday night at independence for the open division i crown.this will be milpitas’ third consecutive trip to the open i final. the trojans lost in the title game to menlo-atherton last year and bellarmine college prep in 2015.this time around, it has been a redemption tour.to reach the final friday, milpitas beat bellarmine 35-7 in the first round and menlo-atherton 33-20 in the semifinals.if there is more redemption friday, it will be on the other sideline. salinas lost at home to milpitas 27-0 in mid-september but has since gone on to win the monterey bay gabilan division championship and beat palo alto 14-7 and los gatos






milpitas chiropractor nabbed for sex assault


gregory alan lind, a 60-year-old san jose resident, has been arrested for the reported sexual assault of a woman while lind was working at his chiropractic business in milpitas, police announced thursday.on sept. 29 at about 2:30 p.m., a 44-year-old woman reported to milpitas police that she’d been the victim of a prior sex assault while being treated by a chiropractor. the woman stated that on sept. 28 she had an appointment with lind for an adjustment at the family chiropractic & natural healing center at 1778 clear lake ave. in milpitas. during the adjustment, the woman said she was inappropriately touched by lind, police said.milpitas police detectives investigated the incident and ultimately arrested lind at his business. lind was booked into the santa clara county main jail for two c






milpitas chiropractor nabbed for sex assault


gregory alan lind, a 60-year-old san jose resident, was arrested earlier this year for the reported sexual assault of a woman while lind was working at his chiropractic business in milpitas, police announced thursday.on sept. 29 at about 2:30 p.m., a 44-year-old woman reported to milpitas police that she’d been the victim of a prior sex assault while being treated by a chiropractor. the woman stated that on sept. 28 she had an appointment with lind for an adjustment at the family chiropractic & natural healing center at 1778 clear lake ave. in milpitas. during the adjustment, the woman said she was inappropriately touched by lind, police said.milpitas police detectives investigated the incident and ultimately arrested lind at his business. lind was booked into the santa clara county main j






680 reopened after cops talk down would-be jumper


milpitas — all lanes of northbound interstate 680 were reopened monday night following an hours-long shutdown as milpitas police worked to convince a man not to jump from an overpass to the freeway below, according to the california highway patrol.at about 9:40 p.m., the chp and milpitas police department announced via twitter that the situation had been resolved. chp officer ross lee said the man “came down safely.”the chp began receiving reports about a possible jumper on the montague expressway-landess avenue overpass just before 4:30 p.m. a negotiation team from the milpitas police department responded to the scene while the chp diverted northbound traffic.traffic on the freeway and surface streets was impacted for hours as a result of the shutdown.






historical society leads tour of historic milpitas


the milpitas historical society on june 17 conducted its annual community tour. the bus tour, which was free and open to the public, was designed to acquaint the community with historic sites in milpitas.the 2017 tour had a full bus of 58 people and was enjoyed by everyone, according to organizers. docents provided commentary to tour participants, including answering questions along the way. everyone received a multi-page color brochure documenting this year’s sites.the tour included stops at the society’s exhibit of milpitas historical items and visits to places like the former entrance to the bygone john o’toole mansion and the 1916 neo-classical design milpitas grammar school, which in the 1950s served as city hall. the site is now surrounded by the current milpitas public library.the t






salinas stuns milpitas, wins open i title


san jose — same field. same round. same heartbreaking result for the milpitas trojans.they fell just short of winning a central coast section championship for the third consecutive season friday night as salinas snatched the open division i title with a 25-18 victory at independence high.milpitas led by 11 points after scoring a touchdown early in the third quarter, but salinas answered with a touchdown of its own, eventually grabbed the lead and held on in the closing minutes to claim its first section championship in 16 years and third overall.“three years in a row, it’s hard to stay positive,” said milpitas star tariq bracy, who rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns in 27 carries. “but we’ve got to move on.”one year after losing in the final to menlo-atherton on this same field, milpi






milpitas man accused of scaling white house fence milpitas high school graduate


the 26-year-old milpitas man accused of scaling the white house fence with a letter to president donald trump and two cans of mace earlier this month, has returned to milpitas while awaiting his trial in washington, d.c.the milpitas post has confirmed that jonathan tuan an tran was a student in milpitas unified school district who graduated from milpitas high school in 2008. the district confirmed that it has records for tran as a student starting in the 2000-01 school year at marshall pomeroy elementary school, then at thomas russell middle school from 2002 to 2004 and then milpitas high from 2004 to 2008.“because jonathan tran is under federal investigation at this time, milpitas unified school district is unable to comment on this case,” district spokeswoman shannon carr said in an emai






‘legends never die’ theft suspect caught in milpitas


francisco mojica lopez, a 34-year-old milpitas resident, was apprehended last week for driving a stolen car on north mccarthy boulevard, milpitas police say.on april 21 at 1:14 a.m., officers arrested suspect lopez for driving a stolen black four-door 1998 mercedes-benz e-class sedan and for driving with a suspended driver’s license, police said.lopez was booked into the santa clara county jail.at the time of arrest, an officer recognized the clothing worn by lopez and recalled an incident which involved a male suspect stealing a package from a residence in milpitas wearing the same shirt. the shirt had a distinctive phrase printed on it stating, “heros are remembered legends never die,” police said.on tuesday at 8:30 a.m., milpitas detectives contacted lopez regarding the package theft, w






milpitas survives against menlo-atherton – the mercury news


milpitas — until friday night, nobody had pushed milpitas all season. the trojans rolled over 10 opponents and got another victory by forfeit.win no. 12 wasn’t that easy.in a surreal fourth quarter that kept going and going as officials kept time on the field because the scoreboard malfunctioned, menlo-atherton rallied from 19 points behind to give itself a chance in this central coast section open division i semifinal.but it was not to be for the team that beat milpitas in the open i final last season.milpitas survived on its home field 33-20, securing the victory when ioane vete recovered a bizarre fumble in the end zone in the waning seconds. the top seed trojans (12-0) advance to the championship game next weekend against second seed salinas, which cruised past los gatos.vete’s touchdo






milpitas marks nation’s birthday with pool party, fireworks


the city of milpitas marked independence day with hours of festivities including an afternoon pool party and a nighttime fireworks show at the milpitas sports center on tuesday.tuesday’s “waiving the red, white and blue” pool party consisted of music and games at the sports center pool area in addition to swimming and food.at 7 p.m., the “red, white and boom!” concert and fireworks show kicked off with music performed by rock and soul band the houserockers.the fireworks show began at about 9:15 p.m.the milpitas police department asserted the annual fireworks show and festivities were uneventful crime wise.“everything went as planned,” said milpitas police lt. kevin moscuzza, noting no police arrests or criminal activity had been reported at the city-hosted event.city recreation staff did n






duo nabbed for stolen vehicle


a man and woman were arrested last week for possessing a stolen car in the parktown neighborhood of milpitas, police reported.on feb. 16 at about 6 p.m., milpitas police detectives saw a green 1998 honda civic driving into the parking lot of a shopping center on south park victoria drive. the car had been reported stolen from redwood city on feb. 15.detectives arrested the driver, 28-year-old milpitas resident sonia benitez, and the passenger, 32-year-old milpitas resident marcos tamayo, police said.during the course of the investigation, detectives located stolen property, narcotics and burglary tools. benitez also had a credit card from a different car that was stolen from milpitas on feb. 14, police said.the suspects were booked into santa clara county jail for automobile theft, possess






milpitas national little league celebrates opening day


with a ceremonial first pitch by mayor rich tran, milpitas national little league started the 2017 season on saturday at milpitas sports complex.prior to throwing the ball to catcher dre curiel, tran presented a proclamation recognizing opening day to mnll president kristian lecours.“it’s great to be out here today,” tran said. “milpitas little league is milpitas.”for this year, mnll has about 285 players across 22 teams in five divisions — t-ball, farm, minor, major and junior, according to lecours.t-ball blue claws lead a parade of teams around the field. after the colorful procession, t-ball scrappers, minor storm chasers and junior marlins won awards for their homemade banners.other guests included vice mayor marsha grilli, recreation services manager renee lorentzen and firefighters f






county plans to make offer on disputed property


the santa clara county board of supervisors will once again make an offer on a 1.6-acre parcel that’s caught in a tug of war between milpitas, who says it purchased the property, and the county oversight board, tasked with selling it off.in a third attempt to sell off the site at 230 n. main st., purchased with former milpitas redevelopment agency funds, offers are being accepted through monday, oct. 23, according to mike mcinerney, the oversight board’s chair.the property, desired as a public park by many residents, was put out to bid last year, with only the county offering a $3.5 million bid on the site. but county supervisors then voted to withdraw their bid when faced with opposition from milpitas residents.milpitas has in the past, under the leadership of former city manager tom will






milpitas fire department sends help to north bay wildfires – the mercury news


milpitas fire department came to the aid of local and state fire services fighting wildfires in the north bay since sunday night.along with personnel from other bay area fire agencies, milpitas battalion chief brian stelling responded as a strike team leader with a mixed unit firefighting force of five fire engines from santa clara and contra costa counties to the tubbs fire in napa county, deputy fire chief rick frawley said tuesday.milpitas fire has also been asked to send a fire engine, with the order coming wednesday afternoon.frawley said the engine being sent to the north bay will likely respond from fire station no. 3, 45 midwick drive. he added a reserve engine will be put into service right away to make sure there is no lapse in coverage in milpitas.frawley said as of the last rep






milpitas to honor veterans’ sacrifices at saturday ceremony


milpitas’ veterans day ceremony, scheduled for 9 a.m. saturday at veterans plaza, will pay respects to service members who sacrificed for their country.members of the milpitas city council, dignitaries and city management are expected to attend.the knights of columbus will raise the flags in the veterans plaza and the milpitas community concert band is expected to perform. a 21 gun salute will be held prior to the end of the ceremony.this event is free and open to the public.following the end of world war i, in 1919, president wilson proclaimed nov. 11 as the first commemoration of armistice day with the following words: “to us in america, the reflections of armistice day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the v






touring historic milpitas on june 17


on saturday, june 17, the milpitas historical society is conducting its annual community tour which is free and open to the public. the bus tour is designed to acquaint the community with historic sites in milpitas. we will visit various locations by chartered coach bus with reserved seating. docents will provide knowledgeable commentary to tour participants, including answering questions along the way, and everyone will receive a multi-page color brochure documenting this year’s sites.pre-registered participants will meet at the great mall at 9 a.m. for check-in at well-marked entrance 4 (food court), on the east side of the mall, in the middle near the multi-level parking garage.the tour itself begins at 9:30 a.m. with a docent-led explanation of the society’s exhibit of milpitas histori






540 volunteers participate in milpitas cares community service projects – the me


for a second weekend in april, those looking to make a difference through community service took to parks, schools and public places around the city to lend a helping hand.as part of the annual milpitas cares, this year held between april 21 and april 30, community and church members tackled projects at 10 milpitas schools, seven milpitas parks and five community service groups.as in years past, the number of volunteers and service projects has grown from the pilot program that started in 2012 with seven churches, 11 service projects and more than 200 volunteers.“this year, we had 541 volunteers that participated in” 24 service events through milpitas cares, according to mark simmons, christ community church of milpitas’ business manager.tasks at project sites ranged from cleaning up neigh






police mourn loss of k-9 jax


milpitas police department is mourning the loss of one its canine members, jax, who died march 6 at the age of 5.milpitas k9 jax died march 6 at the age of 5. (courtesy of milpitas police department) jax, a german shepherd whose partner is officer ryon lawson, was taken to an emergency veterinary clinic because of an “unforeseen medical condition” and underwent surgery, but succumbed to his condition, police said.jax and lawson had been members of the police department’s k-9 unit since 2014 and were assigned to the field services division.“jax made an immediate impact on crime after training, when he hit the streets,” milpitas police said in a written release. on his second day as a police service dog, jax found a weapon used in an attempted armed robbery that had been discarded by a suspe






trojans badminton falls to gunn titans


at home against league opponent gunn (palo alto), the milpitas high coed varsity badminton team lost 18-12 on march 7.milpitas started the season on march 2 with an 18-12 win over visiting saratoga. for this season, milpitas had moved into the upper de anza division of the santa clara valley athletic league.this week, milpitas was scheduled to host cupertino on tuesday, visit monta vista on wednesday and to travel to saratoga on thursday. all three are league opponents.golfers lose to fremont, monta vistaagainst league opponent fremont (sunnyvale) at sunnyvale golf course on march 9, the milpitas high coed varsity golf team lost by more than 15 strokes.the score of 238 for milpitas came in 16 strokes more than the 222 for the firebirds. freshmen richard zhang, 7 over par, was the trojans’






mhs class of 2017 graduates


milpitas high school’s graduating class of 2017 walked across the stage to receive their diplomas at the high school’s football field on june 2.with words of encouragement from valedictorian justin tso, 705 students graduated to the cheers and excitement of fellow classmates, friends and family.“congratulations to the mhs graduating class of 2017. i wish them all the best, and i wish milpitas unified and milpitas high school all the best in their future endeavors,” outgoing milpitas high principal phil morales said on tuesday.during senior awards night where almost 354 seniors were honored for earning a combined total of nearly $2.4 million in scholarships on may 17, morales said the accomplishments of the senior class were “truly impressive.”“in the fall of next year, we will have approxi






salinas stuns milpitas, wins open i title


san jose — same field. same round. same heartbreaking result for the milpitas trojans.they fell just short of winning a central coast section championship for the third consecutive season friday night as salinas snatched the open division i title with a 25-18 victory at independence high.milpitas led by 11 points after scoring a touchdown early in the third quarter, but salinas answered that score with a touchdown of its own, eventually grabbed the lead and held on in the closing minutes to claim its first section championship in 16 years and third overall.“three years in a row, it’s hard to stay positive,” said milpitas star tariq bracy, who scored two touchdowns. “but we’ve got to move on.”one year after losing in the final to menlo-atherton on this same field, milpitas brought an undefe






milpitas international festival & bbq will be ‘bigger and better’ than prior yea


the milpitas international festival & bbq is back this weekend with more barbecue, entertainment and fun for the whole family.the fourth annual festival, put on by milpitas chamber of commerce and co-sponsored by city of milpitas, is expected to draw in even more attendees than the 20,000 who showed last year, according to organizers, over saturday and sunday at its new location on alder drive between mccarthy boulevard and tasman drive on the cisco systems campus.apart from offering festivalgoers the opportunity to sample traditional and international barbecue and other foods, attendees on saturday will also get to vote for which public safety department cooks up the best barbecue. milpitas police officers association, milpitas fire fighters local 1699, spring valley volunteer fire depart






former milpitas chamber ceo intends to sue group for wrongful termination


mark tiernan, the recently dismissed ceo of the milpitas chamber of commerce, plans to sue the chamber for wrongful termination, his attorney announced wednesday morning.on sept. 1, tiernan was dismissed from his role as the top executive at the chamber following an aug. 15 altercation with san jose councilman tam nguyen at a press conference for his friend, east side union high school district trustee van le.at the time, milpitas chamber of commerce president devora lomas would not answer questions surrounding tiernan’s termination, including why he was fired or who will take over in his absence.tiernan’s attorney, susan bishop with san jose-based law firm berliner cohen llp, said in a statement wednesday that her client’s termination was “shameful.”“despite his countless hours dedicated






patrick marleau will make milpitas appearance


on saturday in milpitas, fans can meet the san jose sharks’ all-time leading scorer, patrick marleau, see what he thought of that penguins-predators series, ask how his off-season is going … or maybe even broach the elephant-in-the-room subject, his future.marleau will appear from 1 to 3 p.m. june 17 at the grand opening weekend of dick’s sporting goods at the great mall.no purchase is necessary to snag an autograph from marleau, but you must get a wristband and line up early for the special appearance. doors open at 8 a.m.the store, at 1200 great mall drive, opened friday. promotions and giveaways are planned through sunday. details: dicks.com/milpitas.






milpitas police to use federal grant to buy ‘bulletproof’ vests


the milpitas police department will again tap a federal grant program to purchase more ballistic vests for its patrol officers.the milpitas city council voted unanimously dec. 19 to accept the 2017 bulletproof vest partnership grant to acquire the new equipment.the u.s. department of justice’s bureau of justice assistance allocated a $5,630.70 bulletproof vest partnership grant to milpitas police toward the purchase of ballistic vests. the grant will reimburse the city for 50 percent of the cost of each ballistic vest purchased after oct. 25, 2017.the money must be spent by aug. 31, 2019. milpitas police have participated in the grant program every year since 2008.“we estimate we will be purchasing approximately nine vests this year and so far we have not used this grant yet,” milpitas pol






milpitas sanitation begins transition as city’s waste collector


milpitas sanitation, which will take over the city’s waste collection from republic services on dec. 1, is expected to transition to its new role later this month.according to the company, waste carts will be exchanged by milpitas sanitation crews beginning saturday, nov. 25because of the thanksgiving holiday, republic services’ cart collection for thursday and friday customers will be pushed forward one day. thursday customers will be serviced on friday, nov. 24 and friday customers on saturday, nov. 25.collection days will not change when the new program begins on dec. 1.from nov. 25 through nov. 30, customers are asked to put out the republic carts and other containers on their scheduled collection day.milpitas sanitation will pick up and exchange those carts and containers with its own






milpitas wins cif-state 4a title


el centro – milpitas drove 54 yards late in the fourth quarter to post a come-from-behind 45-41 win over southwest-el centro in the cif state 4-a championship game saturday night.it was the first state football championship in school history for the trojans.“we played a great team and they came back hard on us but in the end we made the plays,” said milpitas coach kelly king.the game started slowly for the trojans as southwest deferred and kicked off to the visitors.milpitas drove but ultimately punted, and tyler saikhon caught a 69-yard pass for a touchdown and 7-0 lead.the trojans answered on their next play from scrimmage with a 70 yard touchdown run by tariq bracy.southwest went back on top 14-7, but bracy scored again to make it 14-14.senior kicker mariano robles then hit a 20-yard fi






predictable milpitas high football season finale: victory!


milpitas high school’s varsity football team (10-0, 6-0) completed a perfect regular season with a 45-7 rout of the homestead high mustangs on friday.kelly king, milpitas high’s football coach, said the team tried to stay focused on the task on game night.“we have also developed standards of play which we continually try to elevate,” king told the post via email on monday.he added the team has a bye this week and will find out this sunday the playoff brackets for ccs open division i playoffs. in the meantime, king said the team would largely do one thing.“we will be focusing on our fundamentals,” he added.






milpitas council approves optional services for milpitas sanitation – the mercur


delays in the garbage collection rollout were partially blamed on turmoil at city hall and the absence of a city manager who had his hands in everything going on with the process, during a milpitas city council meeting last week.the city council voted 3-1-1 on oct. 17, with councilman anthony phan opposed and councilman bob nunez abstaining, to approve an amendment to the garbage contract with milpitas sanitation that clarified language and set the rates for optional garbage collection services.nunez said setting the rates for optional services, like having the waste collector do a backyard collection, was more than just cleaning up language and asked why these rates had not come to the council earlier, if not approving it on oct. 17 would impact milpitas sanitation’s ability to start on d






milpitas finally headed to cif state title game


moraga — it took six attempts for the seniors on the milpitas football team to get the win they had been seeking since they were sophomores, and when the dream finally came true, the emotions were overwhelming.“we play as a team and the kids buy into that,” said milpitas coach kelly king as he stood off to the side watching his players celebrate a 52-38 victory over campolindo saturday night in the cif state norcal regional 4-a contest. “this is big, not having gotten it done two years ago.”king was referring to a 27-24 loss two years ago to campolindo in the norcal regionals, but there has been a lot more frustration than that one game for milpitas. how about three defeats in central coast section championship games, including last week against salinas, and two more setbacks in the region






milpitas residents queue up to shop at new smart & final extra – the mercury new


milpitas residents packed the parking lot of foothill square shopping center wednesday morning in order to queue up along store fronts in the retail complex waiting for a chance to get inside the newly opened smart & final extra.tuesday, a ribbon cutting and special opening for milpitas businesses only was held at the 36,000-square-foot store at 401 jacklin road, with elected officials and community members in attendance.“at smart & final, we’re committed to engaging, enriching and giving back to the communities we serve. over the past few weeks, we’ve enjoyed meeting with milpitas’ business, civic and community leaders as well as many residents to truly understand their unique needs,” store manager stephanie machuca said in an email to the post tuesday night. “it’s our goal to become a va






mayor hosts 100 days town hall – the mercury news


in an effort to update residents on his efforts at city hall and to provide an informal avenue for residents to bring up issues, mayor rich tran hosted a 100th day town hall at omega restaurant on march 22.the town hall was held on the 100th day of tran’s term as mayor of milpitas. tran said the next day that the town hall at 90 s. park victoria drive went “great.” around 25 people attended the event.at the first of what he says will be many town halls, tran introduced himself and the priorities he’s advocating. tran then opened up the town hall for residents to ask questions and bring up concerns.among them, residents asked about tran’s plans to address traffic, high-density housing and the ongoing issue of the newby island landfill on the san jose-milpitas border. on the last issue, tran






milpitas continues interview process for new police chief


despite initial plans to have someone in place by this summer, milpitas is continuing its search for a new police chief, but has yet to release a timeline for when a person will be installed as the city’s next top cop.tina murphy, the city’s human resources director, said via email on friday that southern california-based executive recruiting firm teri black & company llc was hired to conduct the chief of police recruitment.“the firm has completed initial interviews and we are working on next steps with them,”  murphy added.she said the contract with teri black was “not to exceed $18,000 in professional fees, plus reimbursement of related expenses (not to exceed $9,000).”the city has looked to find that new person since police chief steve pangelinan offered his retirement on dec. 30, after






milpitas sanitation will allow residents to select garbage cans through oct. 10


milpitas sanitation, the city’s new garbage collector, will continue to accept garbage/food scrap split cart size requests from residents through oct. 10, ahead of a dec. 1 start date.residents who do not respond by oct. 10 will automatically receive a medium-sized garbage/food scrap split cart, which is the default size, and an increase in their garbage rates, according to milpitas sanitation.residents in single-family homes currently pay $33.89 a month and $3.18 a month for renting the carts, or $37.07 total, leslie stobbe, the city’s public information specialist, told the council in august. under milpitas sanitation, depending on which garbage cart size residents choose, the cost can range monthly from $32.22 for an extra small cart to $41.19 for a medium cart to $47.32 for a large car






ccs football playoffs: milpitas rolls past bellarmine


(if you’re having trouble viewing this gallery or video on a mobile device, click here)milpitas — in 2014, on this same field, an undefeated milpitas team saw its dreams for a section championship end with a heartbreaking opening-round loss to bellarmine college prep in overtime.tariq bracy was a freshman back then, so was his twin brother, tyree.they saw the devastation that team endured and made sure friday night that history did not repeat itself when their undefeated team played host to bellarmine in the opening round of the playoffs.tariq bracy rushed for 200 yards and a touchdown in 26 carries and tyree bracy ran for three touchdowns and threw for another as top seed milpitas cruised to a 35-7 victory to advance to the semifinals of the central coast section open division i playoffs.






veterans’ sacrifices honored at milpitas ceremony


milpitas’ veterans day ceremony, held saturday morning at veterans plaza, paid respects to those who sacrificed for their country while serving in the u.s. armed forces.about 200 people gathered for the 40-minute event that saw welcoming remarks by mayor rich tran and milpitas veterans commission vice chair denny weisgerber.at the event, the knights of columbus raised the flags in the veterans plaza, while the milpitas community concert band performed songs including the “stars and stripes forever” and the “armed forces salute.”franchesca lazaro sang the national anthem.in addition, the veterans commission posthumously honored noel jackson, a u.s. navy veteran who lost his battle with cancer in october, by naming him the veteran of the year.like the milpitas post’s facebook page for neighb






milpitas finally headed to cif state title game


moraga — it took six attempts for the seniors on the milpitas football team to get the win they had been seeking since they were sophomores, and when the dream finally came true,  emotions were overwhelming.“we play as a team and the kids buy into that,” said milpitas coach kelly king as he stood off to the side watching his players celebrate a 52-38 victory over campolindo saturday night in the cif state norcal regional 4-a contest. “this is big, not having gotten it done two years ago.”king was referring to a 27-24 loss two years ago at campolindo in the norcal regionals, but there has been a lot more frustration than that one game for milpitas. how about three defeats in central coast section championship games, including last week against salinas, and two more setbacks in the regionals






city-contracted garbage franchises get shuffled – the mercury news


about all that milpitas residents can claim after all the dust has settled on the reshuffling as to who serves the community’s garbage disposal needs is that we proved that we could punish the folks who own the newby island landfill and cover the site at the end of dixon landing road.there may be some non-economic value to the act of revenge against what has been deemed the main perpetrator of periodic odors in northern milpitas.in theory, a costly consulting study asserted that breaking up the collection services from the disposal ground services would mean some lower garbage bills. it hasn’t turned out that way.instead, milpitas’ garbage will now be trucked to the kirby canyon disposal grounds, which is also owned by waste management, winning bidder originally to take the garbage into th






$2.4 million in scholarships handed out to graduating seniors


in advance of their graduation ceremony set to take place next week, milpitas high school’s class of 2017 seniors were collectively recognized for their years of hard work on campus.held inside the school’s gymnasium, more than 350 seniors along with guests took part in senior awards night on may 17, according to the district. the event included speeches from milpitas high principal phil morales as well as appearances by school district leaders including superintendent cheryl jordan.students were also awarded scholarships and grants to help fund college that, according to morales, totaled approximately $2.4 million.among those honored, were class of 2017 valedictorian justin tso, who earned a 4.55 weighted grade point average, according to the district. tso plans on attending university of






local group offers $315k for north main property


the milpitas community museum has submitted the winning bid to buy a north main street property just north of the library that for years has been desired by some as a potential public park.on nov. 8, the milpitas oversight board unanimously approved the museum’s $315,000 bid for the parcel at 230 n. main st. the board is the successor agency to the city’s old redevelopment agency.“it was quite a bid,” althea polanski, an oversight board member, said last friday.during its meeting, the board — largely comprised of santa clara county officials — also received a $49,999 bid from the county. the county, which recommended the board accept milpitas community museum’s bid ahead of its own, could see its bid accepted if the first one falls through.polanski said she was part of a three-person ad ho






milpitas council bans city’s display of socialist republic of vietnam flag – the


more than six months after it was first introduced, milpitas city council followed in the footsteps of san jose in unanimously adopting a resolution banning the display of the socialist republic of vietnam flag on city flagpoles on sept. 5.in addition to banning the vietnam flag, which features a red field centered by a five-point gold star, the council recognized the heritage and freedom flag, which features a yellow field and three horizontal red stripes that represented the flag of former south vietnam, as the flag that represents vietnamese americans in milpitas.the proposal came from councilman anthony phan, the first vietnamese-american council member elected to the panel in milpitas’ history, as something that was important to vietnamese americans in the community.phan said for viet






milpitas high school principal announces his resignation – the mercury news


citing unspecified personal and professional reasons, milpitas high school principal phil morales today announced he is resigning his post.morales offered his resignation last week and it was accepted by milpitas unified school district on tuesday. his announcement to the school community today was via email.“although it’s hard to say goodbye to many of you, the hardest part of leaving is saying goodbye to the students. i have grown attached to them over the year. milpitas students are amazing young people, and i will miss them,” morales said in his email.he will remain principal until the end of the school year in june.morales started as principal on july 1. the new principal who takes over the next school year will be the third one at the 3,200-student campus in the past four years.super






lady trojans basketball sinks lynbrook


junior center victoria iafeta led the milpitas high s varsity basketball team with 16 points and 11 rebounds in a 57-29 win against visiting lynbrook on feb. 1.in the only game of the week for the lady trojans (13-7 overall and 5-3 league), iafeta also recorded one block. meanwhile, sophomore forward skylar pitre had 14 points, four rebounds and six steals.this week, milpitas was scheduled to visit undefeated and first place santa clara on wednesday and host los altos tonight (feb. 10).on jan. 18, milpitas lost 42-23 to visiting the santa clara bruins. at los altos on jan. 20, the lady trojans defeated the eagles 44-31.






mhs baseball swept by los altos in league tourney


after losing a league tourney series last week to los altos, the milpitas high varsity baseball team was scheduled to play a one-game playoff at wilcox on wednesday.the trojans (13-15) must wait until the central coast section tournament seeding meeting on saturday for an upcoming matchup, coach chuy zamudio said.“the trojans will know their fate then,” he said.on friday at mhs, milpitas lost 7-3 to los altos to end the best-of-three game series. senior anthony tylij had three hits and senior jason haug had two hits.at los altos on may 3, the eagles defeated milpitas 5-1 in the opener of league tournament. haug had two hits and the lone rbi for the trojans.in league play this season, milpitas posted a 6-8 record with a loss at wilcox on april 19 and a home win on april 21 over the chargers






school board names sites after historic milpitans – the mercury news


two school facilities and land underneath another will be named after historical milpitas figures who had an impact on the city, following a unanimous vote by the milpitas unified board of education on tuesday.former mayor ben gross, milpitas historical society leader mabel mattos and businesswoman josephine guerrero were the names selected by the board based on suggestions from the district’s naming committee and input from the community.respectively, the land sited at the milpitas unified school district and san jose-evergreen community college district extension would be named after gross, while the future elementary school on mccandless drive would be named after mattos. guerrero’s name would be used for the family resource center at robert randall elementary school.during a public hea






milpitas council to hold first-month review of new garbage collector


some residents frustrated over the city’s new garbage contract will have a chance to talk trash at the next milpitas city council meeting.milpitas sanitation inc. — which took over service last month from republic services — will present to council at its regular meeting tuesday, which begins at 7 p.m. at city hall, 455 e. calaveras blvd.rené belasco, 65, retired from the stanford research institute, says his new trash bin — which is divided between a 67 gallon landfill and a 29 gallon food scrap containers — isn’t as generous as that under republic.“who throws out that much food?” he asked, gesturing to the mostly empty partition of his bin. “we eat it!” he also questions the logic behind the recycling bins’ dividers, contending the various sorting required is unnecessarily complicated.cr






milpitas high school principal to leave campus at end of school year – the mercu


citing personal and professional reasons, milpitas high school principal phil morales last week announced he is resigning his post after nine months on the job.morales offered his resignation two weeks ago and it was accepted by milpitas unified school district on march 28. his announcement to the school community on march 30 was via email.“although it’s hard to say goodbye to many of you, the hardest part of leaving is saying goodbye to the students,” morales, 46, said in the email. “i have grown attached to them over the year. milpitas students are amazing young people, and i will miss them.”morales, who landed in hot water after the nov. 8 election when he yelled “f… donald trump” at a student-led rally on campus, said on march 30 that the decision to leave was “100 percent” his own.“so