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Maybe think twice before extending that warranty

I was in an electronics store the other day and at checkout they asked – doing their best “Would you like some fries with that?” routine – if I would like to purchase a warranty.

I never buy a service contract. Most good products come with a decent warranty, and if I shop at Costco, it tends to extend that warranty by an extra year.

Planner says density is not always bad

According to Don Weden, density does not have to be scary. The longtime principal planner in Santa Clara County told a meeting of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors that as long as density is well planned and communities are open to change, density can work in suburban areas.

For both San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, he believes the solution is transitioning from what he termed the 2.0 suburban era to the 3.0 urban/suburban era.

Changes coming to Los Altos downtown

Kiwi Crate’s interactive projects have been a hit for years.

Kiwi Crate coming soon to State Street

Sandra Oh Lin began selling children’s educational products out of her North Los Altos garage in 2011. Millions of crafts later, Lin’s company is back in its hometown.

Kiwi Crate has spent the past five years delivering hands-on learning projects to children out of Mountain View. This fall, they plan to open their first retail location at 170 State St. According to CEO Lin, the company is looking to “build a physical presence for fresh merchandise and experiences.”

Mills Act agreement lowers tax rate on $13M property in Los Altos

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The 90-year-old property at 220 University hosted a “Garden Party” fundraiser for the History Museum last May.

When Chuck Geschke rehabilitated a vintage 1926 property on University Avenue, he said he did it “because it was the right thing to do.” Now that the founder of Adobe Systems is looking to sell the villa for $12.9 million, he can rest assured that any new owner will be required to keep up the house and the grounds.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimously to execute a Mills Act agreement with the Geschkes that will reduce taxes on the property in exchange for the preservation of the property.

Los Altos native brings paint home

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California Paint Company is a family business featuring three generations of Davidsons –Marcus, from left, Jeff and Bob.

Paint poured into south Los Altos last week, arriving in pallet after pallet at California Paint Company’s newest location at 2249 Grant Road. The family unloading it – Jeff Davidson, 15-year-old son Marcus and grandfather Bob – represent the latest three generations of a local paint dynasty dating back to 1962.

Davidson bought his father Bob out of the business a few years ago, and this summer is the first time that his son, Marcus, has joined the enterprise. Davidson grew up in Los Altos and said he stumbled upon the new location while doing a broader search in the area to expand the business; the family already has stores in Palo Alto and Sunnyvale. Scheduled to open in early August, the Los Altos store is next to Alotta’s Deli, not far from the Foothill Crossing Shopping Center.

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