Honoring Veterans in Downtown Los Altos

The Los Altos City Council recently voted to honor its local law enforement and military veterans with a special spot at its downtown intersection of Main and State streets. Previously called the Community Plaza, it has now been renamed to the Veterans Community Plaza. The purpose is to provide an easily accessible and public location where citizens can go to show their respect and support for those that serve (or has served) our community and country. Veterans can also go there to reflect upon their past and/or current service.

Some city council members were not supportive of the name change, the vote was 3 to 2. Click on the link below for more details.


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Google and LinkedIn Swapping Land!

In the not so distant past, the City of Mountain View had awarded a highly-coveted piece of North Bayshore real estate to LinkedIn. This was a major blow to Google, who was looking to expand its presence in Mountain View but was forced to acquire land elsewhere in Silicon Valley. But now the two tech giants have announced a surprise massive land swap that would be mutually beneficial to both companies. The deal calls for Google to take North Bayshore and LinkedIn will move to Sunnyvale to consolidate with its other facilities. Click on the link below for more details.


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Quarterly Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event

If you’ve got some household hazardous waste sitting in your garage that you’d like to get rid of, the County of Santa Clara is hosting its next drop off event this Saturday, July 16. Paint, pesticides, light bulbs, smoke detectors and propane tanks are just a few of the items considered hazardous waste. This is a free service to residents but an appointment is required. For the complete list of household hazardous items and to make your appointment, visit www.HHW.org.  or call 408-299-7300. The next dropoff event after July 16 is scheduled for October 15, 2016.

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Two Key House-Selling Tips to Maximize Your Profit

It goes without saying that homeowners looking to sell their homes want to get the best possible price the real estate market will allow. Research has shown that there are two major tips to ensure that they accomplish this goal:

  1. setting the asking price at or below the market value
  2. hiring a professional real estate agent and paying him/her a commission

Both points might seem like they would be counterintuitive to sellers, but in fact they will help to sell their homes at the highest price possible. Click on the link below for more details.


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How is the Mountain View Community Shuttle Working for You?

It’s been several months since the City of Mountain View and Google have launched their free community shuttle service to help residents get around town without using their cars. The four all-electric 16-seat blue and white shuttle buses are equipped with a wheelchair lift, exterior bike racks and free wifi and provide transportation between residential neighborhoods, city offices,  parks, medical offices, shopping center and entertainment centers throughout Mountain View. The City of Mountain View recently conducted a survey to collect feedback on how this program is doing and how to improve this service and will publish the results in the near future.


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Mountain View Relaxes Emergency Drought Rules

Citing a wetter 2016, the Mountain View City Council recently voted to lift some local water rules restrictions by lowering its water conservation plan from Stage 2 to Stage 1 (similar to those in place in 2014). But, dissenters are warning that the drought is still a major issue in California and that residents should learn to live with the tight water restrictions as a way of life. Many residents had already replaced their lawns and practiced water-conserving lifestyles, such as re-using shower water, over the last couple of years and conservation activists are hopeful that will continue. Click on the link below for more on this topic.


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The Slowdown of Silicon Valley

With the number of people moving into Silicon Valley, mostly fueled by jobs created by tech companies, there is still a shortage of Bay Area homes available for sale. However, sales in recent months have been mostly flat from a year ago across the region. The competitive market has proven too much for many first-time buyers who have been forced to move far inland in order to realize their dreams of owning a home. Affordability is the issue. They are competing with down-sizing baby boomers and investor home-flippers.

Another factor contributing to the low inventory is the soaring rent in the San Francisco Bay area. Many homeowners that had originally considered selling their homes are now renting them instead.

It’s important to note that the slowdown or flattening of the market does not mean an impending crash. Indeed, it’s helping to bring an already overheated market back to what many would consider “normal”. And, that would be great news, socially and economically, withregard to housing supply and affordability.

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