Keeping Santa Clara County Creeks Clean

Got time this Saturday morning? If so, multiple cities within the Santa Clara County(including Los Altos and Mountain View) would love your help in picking up litter along the banks of the local creeks. This program is part of the “National River Cleanup Day”, which is scheduled for 9am-12:00 noon this Saturday, May 20. This would be a great opportunity to give back to the community as well as keeping our neighborhoods clean! Click on the link below to view the participating cities and for more specific details for each location.

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Home Maintenance Tips

There are a number of tasks you should perform regularly to keep your home safe from water intrusion and ensure efficiency of your fixtures and appliances.  Refer to your fixture or appliance’s manual, or do an online search for maintenance of the item.


  • Inspect, change out HVAC filters if needed.
  • Clean the kitchen garbage disposal
  • Clean kitchen range hood filter.
  • Inspect your fire extinguisher(s).


  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Test garage door auto-reverse feature and photo-electric sensors.
  • Check your water softener, add salt if needed.


  • Test your water heater’s pressure relief valve.
  • Replace batteries in smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Vacuum your refrigerator coils.


  • Check your exterior drainage, gutters and downspouts. Water should flow away from the house.
  • Clean gutters.
  • Check exterior paint for chipping, gaps in stucco and trim. Seal gaps with silicone caulking and repaint if needed.
  • Service your furnace and air-conditioning system.
  • Repair/replace damaged window screens.
  • Clear plants and shrubs away from the house. Trim or remove any plants growing too close to your home, roof, or power lines.
  • Inspect roofing for damage.
  • Check grout in bathrooms, kitchen for gaps or cracks. Caulk as needed.
  • Inspect plumbing for leaks. Check all faucets and toilets.
  • Clean, repair and seal decking.
  • Check and clean dryer vent and other exhaust vents.
  • Clean garage. Eliminate hiding places for insects and rodents.
  • Flush hot water heater and remove sediment.
  • Clean your chimney.
  • Remove showerheads and clean sediment.



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Monorail in Mountain View’s Future?

With Google adding a 600,000 square foot campus in the North Bayshore area of Mountain View, city officials are exploring ideas for a transportation plan that will not add significantly more congestion to the city’s already busy streets. One option is to look up – off the ground. Click on the link below for more details.

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Low Inventory Still an Issue in Housing Market

According to local real estate experts, home values and sales will continue to be strong in 2017. The lack of inventory, however, may slow things down a bit. Many buyers are able and willing to buy – but housing supply is not keeping up with the demand. Click on the link below to read more on this topic.

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Keep your Air Conditioner Unit Running Smoothly – 10 Steps

  1. Shut off the power
  2. Remove debris
  3. Clean the fins
  4. Straighten any bent fins
  5. Clean around the unit (dust, foliage)
  6. Level the unit
  7. Clean the evaporator coil
  8. Clean a plugged evaporator drain
  9. Change the blower filter
  10. Turn power back on

 Tip for Step 2
On the exterior condenser/compressor, remove the fan cage. Using a screwdriver or wrench, remove the fasteners and lift the cage or fan grill away from the top of the unit. By hand, or with a wet/dry vacuum, clean leaves and other debris from the interior.
Tip for Step 4
Since any reduction in air-flow through the fins can reduce efficiency, carefully straighten bent fins using a butter knife or commercially available fin-straightening tool. be gentle so that the tubing embedded within the fins it not damaged.

And don’t forget…

  • Have a professional HVAC company inspect your unit
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Always refer to your manual for cleaning and operating instructions
  • Check your thermostat, be energy conscious!
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Spring Cleaning in Mountain View

The City of Mountain View will hold its two annual “spring cleaning” events in May to assist residents to offload household items they no longer need or want.

The Citywide Garage Sale, hosted by residents at their homes, is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 8am-2pm. Many will continue their sale on Sunday as well. Advanced registration is highly encouraged and is free of charge.

The Community Yard Sale will take place at Rengstorff Park on May 20, 8am-2pm. As space is assigned to interested parties, advanced registration is required ($21 per space).

Click on the link below for more details about these events and instructions on how to register before the April 24th deadline.

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Solution for a “Rolled Curb Driveway”

Does anybody else have one of those rolled curb driveways where you keep hitting the undercarriage of your car on the curb unless you are at exactly the right angle?

I see these all the time, curb ramps to “bridge” the gap and reduce the impact to your car.  A great solution…  Check out the website:


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