Tue04282015

Business & Real Estate

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

BIZ Inventor Showen in fmt
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Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los Altos home. Sensors are placed around a city, below, and four or more consistent timings cue SST Inc. to notify police of gunfire.

The award-winning work of Robert Showen began on a grand piano.

Technically, it was on top of his piano. That’s where the Los Altos resident first used his computer to study the acoustics of gunshots. From his research, Showen founded ShotSpotter Inc., a gunfire alert and analysis company.

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SEC charges Los Altos resident with insider trading

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday charged a corporate insider from Los Altos, a stock research analyst and two others with insider trading. Together, they generated nearly $750,000 in illegal profits by trading in advance of four corporate news announcements, according to the SEC.

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Longtime banker readies for retirement


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Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank of the West’s downtown Los Altos branch vice president and manager, is scheduled to retire at the end of October after a 43-year career that began with First Interstate Bank in San Francisco’s Financial District.

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Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


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Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy therapies.

A new skin care studio aims to bring a little serenity to Los Altos.

Marjan Kashi, owner of Pure Serenity Skincare, opened her doors in late August at 648 Fremont Ave. in Rancho Shopping Center. The location is the former home of Estatements Luxury Consignment, which moved to 395 Main St. in downtown Los Altos earlier this year.

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Modern art exhibit comes to Los Altos: Passerelle teams with Christie's on pop-up venture


images courtesy of Christie’s 2014
Christie’s auction house will host a pop-up exhibit Sept. 10-18 in downtown Los Altos. Works on display will include Roy Lichtenstein’s “Girl in Mirror,” valued at $2 to 3 million and a 2013 untitled work by Korakrit Arunanondchai.

The Los Altos-based Passerelle Investment Co. is teaming up with Christie’s auction house to host a pop-up exhibition of post-war and contemporary art Sept. 10-18 at 359 and 242 State St. in downtown Los Altos.

The event will showcase major works by Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Richard Diebenkorn and Tracey Emin, as well as contemporary art. Displays will feature highlights from the coming auction season and works of art to be offered for private sale.

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Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


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Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and its local founder wants to bring fancy hairdos to Los Altos’ ladies.

Stylists at Halo don’t cut hair, they just clean what you’ve got and style it sleeker, smoother and (often) with a little bend to the ends. Halo’s menu of five basic hairstyles ($40) ranges from the high-volume, high-curl “Glamorama” to the sleekly simple “Give It to Me Straight.” The shop also does event hair and updos and specializes in any take on “beauty from the shoulders up.”

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In the business of fostering business


took over as Los Altos’ new economic development coordinator in May after spending the past two years working as city assistant planner. Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier

Sierra Davis is wearing a slightly different hat these days as a Los Altos city employee.

The 27-year-old Sacramento native assumed the position of economic development coordinator in May, just two years after joining the city as an assistant planner. A Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo graduate with a degree in city and regional planning, Davis began her career as a public employee working as an intern in the city of Morro Bay’s Planning Department – a role that later turned into a permanent full-time position.

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