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April 18, 2014

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Silicon Valley Community Newspapers $1.00 I 1 8 6 Volume 22, Issue 17 $1.00 April 18, 2014 An edition of the BY ALIA WILSON The city of Sunnyvale's ban on foam food containers officially goes into effect on Earth Day. City staff worked for the past six months with local food vendors, preparing them for the ban on the use and sale of expanded polystyrene (EPS) food contain- ers in the city. As of April 22, the ban will make it unlawful for food vendors to use EPS food containers, including those for beverages. The ban exempts the use of polystyrene for prepackaged foods sold in retail stores and non- food businesses that use polystyrene for packaging. The ordinance will affect sit-down restaurants, fast-food eateries, cafeterias, delicatessens, catering trucks and carts, festivals or any place that provides ready-to-consume food or beverages to the public. In the span of six months, the city did blanket mail- ings of postcards and coordinated outreach meetings with business owners and vendors of alternative containers. The Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce helped spread the word via its e-newsletter, and city staff visited several businesses in person. Food vendors were able to request an exemption of up to one year if it would cause them any hard- ship, such as already purchased back orders of foam containers; however, no such requests were made, city CITY OF SUNNYVALE USHERING IN BAN ON FOAM FOODWARE STARTING EARTH DAY Six months of work to prepare for ban taking effect April 22 Dr. Soohoo Specializes in general, cosmetic and pediatric dermatology and is also on the clinical faculty of Stanford Medical School. She welcomes new patients, as well as former patients to The Menkes Clinic, a state-of-the-art dermatology ofKce. The Menkes Clinic | 650.962.4600 2490 Hospital Drive, Suite 201, Mountain View Adjacent to El Camino Hospital | Dr. Lillian Soohoo Board CertiAed Dermatologist Job Cuts: Juniper Networks announces 6 percent reduction in global workforce ........... page 5 Incoming Eats: Off the Grid trucking to the South Bay for weekly food festival ................. page 7 EPS, page 7 A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY JACQUELINE RAMSEYER Culture Connection Culture Connection Traditional dance group links youth to their heritage Traditional dance group links youth to their heritage page 12 page 12 Stephanie Hoyos, left, and Giselle Sainz practice their dancing during a Baile Folklorico practice at the Gateway Neighborhood Center in Sunnyvale.

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