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Ayurvastram schedules moving sale

Ayurvastram owner Shailja Singh has scheduled a 50-percent-off sale 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, when the store at 334 State St. will move to a new location.

Singh said her fashion-accessories boutique will remain in the Bay Area.

For more information, visit www.ayurvastram.com.

The Cravery closes

It is unclear exactly when the Cravery at 378 Main St. shut its doors – owners Mouli and Ranji were not available for comment before press time. However, Cravery CEO Brian Khoddam said several of the restaurant’s six locations in California – one in Los Altos, another in San Francisco and four in Southern California – faced a major economic downturn.

“Tough economic times and other circumstances out of our control forced us to exit the restaurant business,” Khoddam said. “For the past two years, Los Altos was operating as an independent operator with no affiliation to the original Cravery, but we allowed them to use the name.”

Popular for its artisan pot pies, Khoddam said the company is now focused on launching its pies in Northern California Costco stores. He’s hoping the Cravery’s BBQ Chicken Pot Pie will be available at the stores in approximately six weeks.

“It was a very sad and difficult transition,” Khoddam said.

Simitian honored as clean-power champ

The Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) named California Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) a “Clean Power Champion” for 2011.

At an awards benefit in Sacramento June 21, CEERT honored Simitian for his work in renewable energy, which culminated in Senate Bill 2X, which mandates that California energy providers obtain 33 percent of their energy from clean and renewable sources by 2020. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law earlier this year.

“The senator’s legislation is the cornerstone of California’s renewable revival and will lead to thousands of new jobs, billions in economic investment and secure California’s place as a world leader in green energy,” said V. John White, CEERT executive director.

Simitian said he took particular pleasure in the award because the organization’s first Clean Power Champion in 2003 was then state Sen. Byron Sher, Simitian’s predecessor. Simitian is in his sixth year as chairman of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

 

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