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Assemblyman Marc Berman gives housing, transit update

State Assemblyman Marc Berman joined members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors at their Nov. 17 meeting in Los Altos to provide a legislative summary of 2017 and offer insight on his priorities for 2018.

Berman, a Democrat who represents Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, said the biggest victories of this past legislative session relate to two topics that are on everyone’s minds – transportation and housing.

Gift guide: Keeping your home safe during the holidays

The holiday season is a time for celebration and giving gifts to family and friends, but it is also a time when safety takes a back seat due to the rush and excitement of the season. People become careless and vulnerable to theft and holiday scams.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors offers the following information to keep homes and homeowners safe and secure during the holiday season.

Downtown MV projects linger in design phase


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The historical Weilheimer House, built in 1884, is fated to return to use as a single-family home in a new location after housing Michelin-starred restaurant Chez TJ for decades.

Two proposed development projects are poised to add substantially new looks to parts of downtown Mountain View.

In a study session last week, the Mountain View City Council provided direction on major questions about how projects proposed at the two sites might look.

Why are global stock markets performing so well this year?

The year 2017 is shaping up to be one of the best years in a generation for international stock market investing.

For the first time in any year, the Morgan Stanley Capital International All Country World Index has posted a gain every single month through October. The media will offer all kinds of explanations, most of which are speculative and unsupported. Pick your cause: low oil prices, low interest rates, improved gross domestic products, Trump, Obama. In the end, no one really has any clue about what drives the investment markets.

Holiday pop-up market launches this week in Mountain View


Above and Below left Photos by Kathy Bonte, Below right photo by Caitlin Schaller/Special to the Town Crier
Artisan gifts available at the holiday pop-up market include wallets, above, jewelry and baby clothes.

While holiday shopping can be stressful, the season also can be hard on vendors who set up shop at festival after festival each weekend. That’s what led local business owner Kathy Bonte to organize a holiday pop-up market that’s scheduled to open Friday in Mountain View.

Bonte’s goal is to provide an affordable platform for smaller businesses to sell their handmade goods, as table fees at festivals can be costly.

Areté Dance Center still making moves

Five years after setting up shop in Loyola Corners, Areté Dance Center is still teaching locals how to cut a rug. But with a transition in ownership this year, the studio is looking to augment its dance offerings while still providing the inclusive, welcoming atmosphere often missing on the more competitive dance scene.

After former co-owners Rebecca and Lerey Bishop sashayed away from the studio, Kris Mola became Areté’s sole proprietor in July.


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