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Private visioning adviser talks 'great bones' of downtown


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A family walks down Main Street in downtown Los Altos on Halloween. A consultant gave presentations recently on how to get more people to walk around downtown, and not just during holidays.

A retail consultant gave a series of presentations in Los Altos last week on ways to “create everybody’s favorite place” in downtown. Robin Abrams of Los Altos Forward invited Stephen Lawton, a Lafayette-based adviser for Main Street Property Services Inc., to make an assessment of downtown.

“There are great bones here,” Lawton said of the mid-century downtown and its decades-old trees. “There is potential, but it needs upgrades. There are lots of signs of decline and neglect.”


State St. restaurant hit with lawsuit


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A man who has sued nine other stores this year is pursuing litigation against Charley Noodle & Grill for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

An Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit against Charley Noodle & Grill is seen by its owner as a strike against all small businesses in Los Altos.

Art with a (re)purpose


Courtesy of Tami Vazquez
Restoration Illumination founder Tami Vazquez works on a French sign. The Los Altos resident repurposes old items into wall signs and furniture.

When Tami Vazquez’s second son was born, the Los Altos resident knew she wanted to spend more time at home with Mateo and older son Ricardo than her corporate job would allow.

“I went to work right away after my first (son) was born, and I felt like I was missing out on too much – all the milestones like, ‘He crawled today! He did his first smile!’” Vazquez said.

The election is over, so what will the stock market do now?

Now that the presidential election is behind us, many Hillary Clinton supporters have threatened to pull all of their money out of the U.S. stock market and leave the country. Should we sell all of our stocks now before the mass exodus starts?

This analysis comes under the category of predicting the future, and my readers know very well how I feel about that topic. Nonetheless, you are going to hear a lot about this in the media, so – just for fun – let’s emulate those technical analysts who make a living by reviewing historical patterns to see what actions to take.

Downtown Business Briefs


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Prerna Sethi, center, with employees Marc Yellen and Candace Mittman, recently opened Sethi on Main Street.

Plenty of changes are afoot downtown as new retailers gear up for the holiday season. Some newcomers are preparing to open their doors – or have already – and some old-timers are celebrating anniversaries. And one San Antonio Road institution, Armadillo Willy’s, is back in business after temporarily closing.

Present celebrates 4th anniversary

Jim Reynolds, co-owner of Present at 162 Main St., said he was too busy Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate his gift and goods store’s fourth anniversary.


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