I would use only #1.
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I would like to know whether I could use a past tense "were" and a present tense "are" in the same sentence. The following describes a past situation on last month when the staff could not use other printers when their own one broke down. The other printers are no longer in the common utility room from the past occurrence until today. When I construct a sentence about the past occurrence today, which of the following sentence must I use? Or, both sentences can be used, depending on how I look at it.
1. The staff were left with no choice as other printers were no longer in the common utility area.
2. The staff were left with no choice as other printers are no longer in the common utility area.
I agree with Mike about your sentence. However, there is no general restriction on the mixing of tenses in a sentence as long as they make sense:
My boss knows that I left work early yesterday.
I have lived on my own since my wife died.
George is hoping he will be able to retire soon.