Business & Real Estate

Hidden Villa yield available in shares

Couresty of Hidden Villa
Weekly produce shares from Hidden Villa spotlight the season’s offerings.

Local residents can sign up to receive weekly boxes of seasonal fruits and vegetables from mid-May through Thanksgiving via Hidden Villa’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program.

Participants pick up their produce at the Los Altos Hills farm or one of its drop-off locations in Los Altos or Palo Alto.


SILVAR recertified as Green Business

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors met stricter standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste, enabling the California Bay Area Green Business Program this month to recertified SILVAR as a Bay Area Green Business.

SILVAR promotes the ethical standards of real estate practice, serves as an advocate for homeownership and homeowners, and represents the interests of property owners in Silicon Valley.


MVLA Scholars seeks businesses to provide student internships

Moving beyond helping students succeed on their path to college, MVLA Scholars seeks local businesses to offer internships.

MVLA Scholars, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, provides four-year, renewable college scholarships and mentoring to local underserved students. The program’s mission is to help students gain the confidence and determination to succeed in college by offering scholarships, personal mentoring and community support.


CSMA hosts presentation on tech jobs, arts education

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled the presentation “Tech Jobs + Arts Education” 7 p.m. April 28 in CSMA’s Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

The presentation will highlight the benefits of an arts education and how involvement in the arts can help youth develop skills for careers of the future.


Business Briefs

City seeks info on shopping, dining

Using a public engagement forum accessible through the city of Los Altos’ website, civic leaders seek to understand more about where residents like to shop and dine.

Economic development staff will use the information to support local retailers and ensure that the goods and services offered in Los Altos meet residents’ needs. Further understanding what drives shoppers outside of Los Altos may also help bring desired retail to the city, according to the city’s introduction to the survey.


Business Noteworthies

WomenSV leader among Women of Influence

Silicon Valley Business Journal is slated to honor Los Altos entrepreneur and women’s advocate Ruth Patrick May 5 as one of its 2016 Women of Influence.

Patrick leads Women-of-Means Escape Network – Silicon Valley. WomenSV seeks to break the cycle of domestic violence by helping women find a path to safety for themselves and their children.


Veteran agents point out the shortcomings of tech-reliant housing transactions

In most cases, technology makes lives easier. If there is a downside, it’s in the area of customer service. Purchasing a toaster on Amazon is one thing, buying a home is another altogether.

“I think some listing agents are going with electronic submission because it simplifies their lives, often at the expense of doing the absolute best job for their clients,” said realtor John Barman, quoted in Alain Pinel Realtors’ fall 2015 publication for Midpeninsula residents. “Listening to and evaluating multiple offers takes a lot of time, but this personal touch often results in a better sales price and contract terms that closely match our sellers’ needs.”


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