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Classical Pilates studio space empowers downtown Los Altos

Empowered Body Pilates, a classical Pilates studio, opened last month at 223 Second St. in Los Altos.

Instructor/owner Nicole Grand’s studio upholds the traditional teaching methods originated nearly a century ago by physical fitness guru Joseph Hubertus Pilates. Pilates pioneered his method of building strength through core using safe, functional methods appropriate for all levels of fitness.  

Mountain View Chamber funds 'free' online degree program

courtesy of study.com
A man who works in Mountain View wears a T-shirt bearing the logo of Working Scholars.

Chamber of Commerce Mountain View’s Education Foundation has high hopes for its newest program. The Chamber has partnered with Study.com, a Mountain View education startup, to make a bachelor’s degree in business affordable.

According to Chamber officials, Study.com will waive its access fees for online courses that go toward an online Bachelor of Science degree from the New Jersey-based Thomas Edison State University. The Chamber of Commerce is raising funds for scholarships to pay the remaining $3,500 to $5,000 in fees.

'Granny units' could aid housing affordability

source: City of Los Altos
Lowering the minimum lot size for secondary housing to 10,000 square feet could give nearly 7,000 homeowners the opportunity to build “granny units” on their lots.

In a joint study session, the Los Altos City Council and the Planning and Transportation Commission last week reviewed how secondary living units might allow for new housing in Los Altos.

City officials concluded that secondary living units, small outbuildings often called “granny” or “in-law” units because of their customary inhabitants, could help alleviate Silicon Valley’s housing crisis.

Chamber endorses candidates

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce recently endorsed Neysa Fligor, Alex Glew and Jeannie Bruins for city council.

Chamber representatives noted that all six candidates were well qualified to served on the council but believed that Fligor, Glew and Bruins would “best represent the interests of business in Los Altos.”

iParq contract reveals details of new parking system

Asher kohn/town crier
The new iParq-issued parking permit, with barcode, sits below the old-style parking permit. The new permits are made by contracted designers and read by iParq equipment.

The city of Los Altos recently paid approximately $13,000 for a new digital parking management service. The contract with iParq, obtained by the Town Crier, is effective through 2018, with the option to extend the agreement for an additional five years, through 2023.

According to Jennifer Quinn, Los Altos’ economic development manager, the contract involves a host of start-up expenses the city will not have to pay in future years.

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