LA native launches entrepreneur network from Main St. deli

Courtesy of Chris Nicholson
Chris Nicholson launched his global entrepreneur-in-residence company over meetings at his favorite Main Street deli.

Immigrant visas are becoming tougher to come by, even for high-powered technology startups. When entrepreneurs with a business idea want to launch in the United States but they are not U.S. citizens themselves, they can turn to the Global EIR Coalition, an entrepreneur-in-residence program started by Chris Nicholson.

A Los Altos native and 2003 graduate of Los Altos High School, Nicholson always thought outside the box. He made headlines as an 18-year-old running for city council soon after graduating. Nicholson grew up in a changing Silicon Valley, and he saw how tech entrepreneurs took advantage of a changing economy.

Exercise studios a good "fit" for El Camino Real

Courtesy of Candy Smolik
Candy Smolik, right, demonstrates a fitness technique at Fit Theory, her El Camino Real studio. Fit Theory, located in the old Mohr Clocks building, is one of two fitness centers in Los Altos along El Camino. Zoning restrictions prevent such tenants from leasing vacant retail space downtown.

Candy Smolik didn’t expect to move her fitness studio to a space previously occupied by a clock store, but the location on El Camino Real in Los Altos was too good to pass up.

It’s proving to be the perfect fit for Fit Theory.

Have agency, will travel: Keeping up with the Joneses: Couple make mark on industry, community

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Maureen Jones sold her Los Altos travel agency to Frosch in 2016. She now makes travel arrangements from home, alongside her husband, Roy, former Los Altos Chamber of Commerce chairman.

At one time, Maureen and Roy Jones seemed like they were everywhere.

When they weren’t in downtown Los Altos running their All Horizons Travel agency, they were active in the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, the Los Altos History Museum and the Los Altos Kiwanis and Rotary service clubs.

Have we lost that Los Altos feeling?

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Los Altos resident Curt Powell suggests that the city embrace as an icon the bespoke lamp posts installed in the 1960s by his father, whose vision of a modern village still has appeal among residents today.

As Los Altos prepares for changes to its downtown triangle, residents have varying opinions on the features and characteristics important to them.

The downtown visioning process will bring scenarios for growth, and two new office buildings – one nearly complete at First Street and San Antonio Road and another on the drawing board for State and First streets – will bring more workers to the streets.

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The Poolside Restaurant at Dinah’s Garden Hotel in an earlier era. The landmark hotel’s proprietors are asking Los Altos residents to share their memories of dining there and staying at the hotel.

The local business community celebrates awards and memories this week and prepares for spring in Silicon Valley.

Dinah’s Garden Hotel asks for local memories

Dinah’s Garden Hotel, an El Camino Real institution since 1957, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Built as a waystation for San Franciscans looking for a getaway, the Palo Alto hotel, with its koi ponds and bespoke rooms, has become a unique landmark for business travelers coming to Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley outlook is bright, claims housing market expert

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Real estate analyst Carole Rodoni, right, pictured with Kathryn Tomaino, SILVAR’s Los Altos/Mountain View district chairwoman, paints a rosy picture for investing in real esate.

The housing outlook continues to look bright for Silicon Valley in 2017, even if the region is challenged by a tight housing supply and low affordability, according to Bay Area real estate analyst Carole Rodoni.

At a district realtor meeting in Los Altos last month, Rodoni told members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors that she expects the economy to continue to grow this year.

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