Area natives launch charity-oriented public platform


Courtesy of GoodSocial
GoodSocial is a free online platform created by two local natives that connects people who want to volunteer with nonprofit organizations in their area. GoodSocial’s first interface, pictured above, launched last week with mobile and desktop options. Every user’s main page displays their information, causes and the nonprofits they follow so that fellow volunteers or involved nonprofits can see if they would be a fit for each specific philanthropic opportunity.

Two area natives recently launched GoodSocial, a free online platform that connects people who want to volunteer with nonprofit organizations in need of help, making it easier for the service-minded to engage philanthropically.

GoodSocial aims to fill the gap between the professional, resume-flashing option of LinkedIn and the personal, interest-based options of accepted social media such as Twitter.

Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry hosts 'Smiles for Troops' event

The Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry hosted its sixth annual “Smiles for Troops” event in honor of Veterans Day. Across its three locations – one in Los Altos and two in Mountain View – staff provided free dental services to 35 veterans Nov. 12.

Dentists and hygienists not only offered cleanings, fillings, crowns and root canals to the vets, but also focused on prevention of major problems related to oral health – and helped veterans regain their “confidence with a smile,” said office manager Janna York.

Old-fashioned automotive shop revs into 36th year


Courtesy of Jason Davis
Jim Davis Automotive last week marked 36 years of operations under owner Jim Davis. Davis, center, is flanked by BJ Correia, left, and Brian Nakai, mechanics at the shop.

A well-loved auto shop that services cars for customers all over the South Bay, including residents of Los Altos and Mountain View, hosted a celebration Nov. 8 for the man behind the muscle, Jim Davis.

Jim Davis Automotive at 3972 El Camino Real in Palo Alto boasts a 4.5-star rating on Yelp, with his perfect rating broken by a single one-star review from a Seattle woman who had a poor experience with one of the mechanics. The owner apologized personally in a response to her post.

High-tech meets high fashion in a new Los Altos boutique


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Belle de Jour owner Tammy Tao, left, and her friend and store manager Sandra Campbell recently opened their newly renovated clothing boutique on Main Street in Los Altos. Tao told herself she would only open the shop if Campbell were willing to help, as Campbell is a fashionista who has greatly influenced Tao’s own style.

Belle de Jour, the boutique that replaced the designer shop Shunzi on Main Street in Los Altos, is open and ready for customers to browse, acquaint themselves with the space and offer feedback on what kind of pieces they would like to see.

Owner Tammy Tao, a friend of previous proprietor Shunzi Che, had recently retired from her job as a developer at San- Disk when she was approached by Che, whose chain boasts the motto “Unique fashion for unique women.” Che, the store manager and Tao had discussed how Tao wanted to own a boutique someday, so when Che decided to close her Los Altos location and move closer to her East Bay home, Tao came to mind as her successor.

Rotary speaker: Housing, transportation challenges continue to plague SV


Courtesy of Marlene Cowan
Carl Guardino, president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, speaks at the Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting on transportation and housing.

Carl Guardino, president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, hears the same complaint over and over again about life in Silicon Valley: “This traffic is driving me crazy, but there’s no house here I can afford.”

Guardino, who spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting Oct. 4, has a long career centered on developing transportation solutions. California governors have three times appointed him to serve four-year terms on the California Transportation Commission.

Bonjour, Mon Ami: Stanford graduates bring senior companionship model to Los Altos


Photo courtesy of Mon Ami
Co-founder Madeline Dangerfield-Cha assists retired Stanford professor Ralph with writing his memoir.

Two Stanford University business school graduates believed in their company’s senior companionship model so much that they advertised themselves as the first to pilot it on Craigslist and Nextdoor. Their strategy worked, and now they have expanded to Los Altos.


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