Measure RR could be critical for the future of Caltrain

Caltrain
Town Crier File Photo
Riders board and disembark from Caltrain in July 2019. Voters will get to weigh in on funding for Caltrain this November. Measure RR would institute a one-eighth-cent sales tax, generating approximately $100 million annually for 30 years.

Bay Area voters will have a say in the future of Caltrain during the November election, with Measure RR proposing a one-eighth-cent sales tax, generating approximately $100 million a year for 30 years toward the transportation service. The measure is on the ballot for Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties – the three counties Caltrain serves – and requires a two-thirds majority to pass.


Aldo’s new owners confident in direction amid pandemic

Aldos
Photo courtesy Amy Perl
Ryan Morris – in white, pictured with his family – bought Aldo Los Altos this summer. Morris grew up in Los Altos and purchased the restaurant from the previous owners, who were retiring after 15 years. The family-friendly Italian restaurant is located on Main Street.

Ryan Morris has been in the food service industry since he was a teen. So when the opportunity arose in July to take over a restaurant in his hometown, he couldn’t turn it down – despite a global pandemic and other career aspirations.

Local’s mobile salon app thrives during COVID-19

Open Streets
Courtesy of Iryna Korolenko
Los Altos resident Iryna Korolenko runs the iSalon app.

Two years ago, Iryna Korolenko was sitting in traffic, driving to an appointment at a beauty salon when she had an idea: What if there were an app that would enable customers to have beauty service providers come to their location?

Village Pantry trying to stay afloat

Village Pantry
Marie Godderis/Town Crier
The Village Pantry co-owner Julie Ogilvie said she has been working 12 hours a day, seven days a week to keep the business going.

The reopening of several local businesses this summer has been a lifeline for some, but the economic hardships tied to COVID-19 continue to pose challenges for others. Among them: The Village Pantry, a family-owned Los Altos coffee shop established in 1947.

Local real estate agent rebrands amid pandemic uncertainty

Alex Wang, a local real estate agent who recently launched a new brand, wondered whether he should continue with moving into an office space in downtown Los Altos.

He had signed a lease prior to COVID-19. He wound up moving, using a door from Home Depot propped up by two file cabinets as a makeshift desk.


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