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Sour deal for client leads to a savory treat for Lemon Lawyer


My first column for the Town Crier involved a free latte. This one, oddly, concerns food, too. I recently received an inquiry from a client I last worked with in 2010. While I handle more than 100 cases per year and cannot remember all facts, names and faces, this client stood out.

Her car had a leaky sunroof that caused problems each time it was washed. An attorney in Southern California agreed to help her. The agreement she signed with him was onerous and bordered on unethical. He then promptly allowed her statute of limitations to expire, prior to telling her that he could not help her.


RRM Design poised for $300K city vision project


Photos by Asher Kohn/Town Crier
RRM Design Group would work with the city of Los Altos to reimagine the streetscape in the downtown triangle. City gateways such as Veterans Community Plaza at Main and State streets could see significant changes. RRM used gateways as focal points for pedestrian entry in Pismo Beach to bring more foot traffic to downtown shopping and restaurant districts.

Los Altos city staff recommended that the city council award RRM Design Group of San Luis Obispo the contract to consult with the city on its downtown visioning process.

The contract – capped at $300,000 – was up for discussion at Tuesday’s council meeting, after the Town Crier’s press deadline.

How an attorney stopped a cemetery from raising 'rent'

When I first transplanted from New York out West, I lived in Southern California. My mom would often remind me to visit with Uncle Harold and Aunt Lilly, my great-aunt and great-uncle. I had never met them. They lived in San Leandro, a town I had never heard of.

Quite a few years later, I traveled to the Bay Area and looked Harold and Lilly up. They were family and we had a grand time – telling stories, playing card games and breaking bread. We became close, and they drew me to Northern California. In the early 2000s, I moved up this way.

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Meet the sweet-tooth whisperers


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A child investigates Sugarbaby Sweetshoppe’s bulk candy selection. The store’s owners are surprised that only approximately one-third of their customers are kids.

Darren Howze and his wife, Colleen, own Sugarbaby Sweetshoppe on State Street, which opened in February. They have prided themselves on changing their selection to keep up with the changing seasons – and tastes – of Los Altos.


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