Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Ranked Among the Safest Cities in California

According to a recent report, several communities in Silicon Valley are ranked as among the safest cities in the California. The rankings are based on several crime metrics, including burglaries and violent crimes. Also, the report was divided into 3 separate population size groups: large (over 30K), medium (15K-30K) and small (5K-15K). Los Altos and Los Altos Hills each ranked #3 in the medium and small groups respectively. Other cities in the “medium” group includes Saratoga (#4) and Foster City (#8). In the “small” group, Hillsborough came in at #5 and Atherton ranked #10.

Click on the link below to see the top 10 safest California cities based on population, as well as the overall ranking of the state’s safest cities. The report also lists the state’s least safest cities.

http://tinyurl.com/zqkuycw

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Cupertino and Palo Alto High Schools Among the Nation’s Best

Newsweek has released its latest list of the top 500 high schools in the nation and three Cupertino schools and two Palo Alto Schools made the list! Cupertino’s Monte Vista High, Cupertino High and Homestead ranked 18th, 35th and 74th respectively. Palo Alto’s Gunn High ranked 253rd and Palo Alto High came in at 331st. Click on the link below for more details about the methodology used for the rankings and to view the complete list.

http://tinyurl.com/hkdjupf

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Los Altos to Host Emergency Response Training

Would you know what to do if your neighborhood was hit by a major disaster or emergency? I think we can all agree that the best time to prepare for such an event is BEFORE it happens. The City of Los Altos is offering residents the opportunity to join its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to learn the basic disaster response skills required to help family and neighbors if the need arises. The CERT training utilizes classroom and simulation-based education to ensure participants are certified by the end of the program. Click on the link below for more details about the program.

http://tinyurl.com/hksyyua

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Retirees Moving to New Homes

According to recent reports by real estate experts, over 4 million baby boomers changed their residences in 2015. Reducing home expenses and family size are two of the main factors driving this trend. As is normally the case, many want to down-size once the children have grown and moved out but they’re also purchasing homes to be near their kids. Some retirees actually buy larger homes so they can accommodate their kids and grandkids on holidays and family vacations. Click on the link below to read more on this topic.

http://tinyurl.com/jomtw8d

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Best Long Term Investment? Real Estate!

According to a recent Financial Security Index poll, Americans with money to invest are more likely to invest in real estate than any other type of investment. One reason indicated by the poll is that people like to physically view the product they are buying. Click on the link below for more on this topic.

http://tinyurl.com/hw9tmzk

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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.

http://tinyurl.com/hygkm43

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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.

http://tinyurl.com/jsspxpm

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