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Start-up with big dreams launches localized, secure messaging app

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Marty Kacin, right, CEO of Los Altos Research Center, promotes his newly released app last week.

Approximately 150 guests, including the mayor and other Los Altos officials, convened at Los Altos Golf & Country Club to witness the launch of a new business three years in the making.

RRM Design poised for $300K city vision project

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RRM Design Group would work with the city of Los Altos to reimagine the streetscape in the downtown triangle. City gateways such as Veterans Community Plaza at Main and State streets could see significant changes. RRM used gateways as focal points for pedestrian entry in Pismo Beach to bring more foot traffic to downtown shopping and restaurant districts.

Los Altos city staff recommended that the city council award RRM Design Group of San Luis Obispo the contract to consult with the city on its downtown visioning process.

The contract – capped at $300,000 – was up for discussion at Tuesday’s council meeting, after the Town Crier’s press deadline.

Early returns positive for Third Street Green

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The Third Street Green featured a pingpong table on some days. Robin Abrams, chairwoman of the Green’s steering committee, said teenagers asked her for more pingpong tables in 2017.

Amy Watenmaker did not expect to make a detour down Third Street when she visited Los Altos last week. The Sunnyvale resident had lunch at Rick’s Cafe and was planning to run errands with her 5-year-old son, Ilan.

“We just met our friends here,” Watenmaker said.

LAH startup aims to make startups happy

Whether it’s a nail salon or a car mechanic on the premises, many startups are finding creative ways to keep employees happy. Coders have come to expect services at the office, but CEOs – and overstressed human resource officers – can’t always keep up with workers’ demands.

Los Altos Hills resident Alex Shubat aims to solve the problem by taking the fun associated with life at the Googleplex or the food at Facebook’s Menlo Park campus and expanding it via his newest venture, Espresa.

Land swap allows for giant Google campus

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Google Inc. plans to build in the North Bayshore corridor between Highway 101 and the San Francisco Bay.

Mountain View-based Google Inc. may get to build its gigantic campus after all. But its construction and impact on Los Altos and Mountain View is likely several years away.

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