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Five strategies to avoid investment adviser fraud

According to a recent article in The Mercury News, San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy was defrauded out of more than $15 million by a financial adviser.

The federal lawsuit alleges that Ash Narayan of RGT Capital Management in Irvine fraudulently shifted $33 million from client accounts to a startup in which Narayan had a major personal financial interest. Unbeknownst to his clients, Narayan allegedly forged client signatures to enable the transfers to prop up the startup’s income statement.

With a fresh pair of eyes

Courtesy Los Altos Eyecare. A visit to Los Altos Eyecare may include an examination using the practice’s digital refractor.

Once she finished school in Boston, optometrist Morvari Ahi could have gone anywhere. She chose to come home.

“I grew up here,” she said. “I wanted to provide eyecare to the community that provided me so much growing up.”

Auto Works to become office space on First Street

The empty building at 465 First St. is one step closer to housing something besides an automobile repair shop for the first time in more than 60 years.

The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission voted 4-1 to grant a variance to the property’s zoning, which would allow renovation to proceed even though the project would have fewer than the required number of parking spaces. Commissioner Ronit Bodner was the lone dissenting vote. Jerry Moison recused himself from the discussion and Alexander Samek was absent.

Health services share space

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M’lis Targgart, from left, Diandra Wood and Natalie Miner are sharing office space for their health services in Los Altos.

Acupuncturist Natalie Miner, chiropractor Diandra Wood and massage therapist M’lis Targgart July 16 celebrated the grand opening of their shared office space at 900 N. San Antonio Road, Suite 103, Los Altos.

Miner operates the Healing Point Acupuncture Clinic; Taggart owns Body Presence, Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork; and Wood, also known as the “Chiropractic Detective,” specializes in gentle techniques.

LAVA looks for new path forward

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LAVA’s Nancy Dunaway enters her farewell party at Enchant√© Boutique Hotel Friday.

As the Los Altos Village Association plans its next steps after the resignation of longtime executive director Nancy Dunaway, it will have to make some short-term sacrifices. LAVA’s Promotions Committee July 22 postponed the mid-September Wine Walk.

“The Wine Walk has been dropped off the 2016 event schedule,” said Frederic Sischka, president of LAVA, citing the low response in merchant participation. “The board also felt that it was the right decision for this year in light of our focus on replacing Nancy Dunaway.”

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