Politicians: Improve, don't eliminate

Suppose you have a hot water heater in your home that works only intermittently. You go to your local Home Depot only to find that it won’t have a replacement model available for six months. Would you wait until the replacement is available before removing the old unit, or would you immediately yank the defective water heater out of your garage and live without hot water for half a year?

OK, maybe this isn’t totally realistic. I suppose even if you live in the middle of Alaska, you can get hot-water heaters in less time than that. And yet our federal government seems bent on the latter path: taking away stuff that works, albeit perhaps not perfectly, and without providing a replacement.

Realtors warn of new industry scam


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Scammers are targeting homeowners with homes for sale.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors recently learned of a new scam involving the real estate industry.

The scam involves phone calls purportedly from a company identifying itself as “The Association of Realtors” that seeks permission to visit the person’s home. SILVAR officials want to inform the public that they would never make such calls, nor insist on visiting a person’s home.

Revelation in Fit celebrates measure of a woman


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Charlotte Nix, manager of Revelation in Fit, introduces the bra library.

At Revelation in Fit, the new lingerie store that opened last week at 386 State St. in Los Altos, the bras in the showroom – seasonal and, in some cases, rather fashion forward – are only the tip of the bosom iceberg.

The Los Altos location includes an appropriately drape-y lounge area studded with fitting rooms, but don’t stop there. The real surprise remains cloaked behind a curtain even farther back in the shop – a voluminous and workmanlike “library” of approximately 2,500 bras that stretches the length of the store. Revelation welcomes walk-ins to browse in front or try an entire fitting, but also book appointments in advance to guarantee a leisurely consultation. Pieces range from $40 to $190.

California housing market ends 2016 with moderate growth

California’s housing market ended the year on a positive note, with sales at a moderate pace and home price increases in December.

Closed-escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled 411,230 units in December, down 7 percent from the November level, and 0.6 percent compared with home sales in December 2015.

Sarah Jones closes salon after 25 years of successful styling


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Sarah Jones retired last month after a long and somewhat unexpected career.

As Sarah Jones approached her college years, her parents had high expectations. Her father, partner in a law firm, expected the Castilleja School grad to choose a lucrative career path, in business or law, perhaps.

Instead, Jones was an art major whose direction in life was at a crossroads.

New business promises spa service, without the spa


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Mountain View resident Brooke Rankins receives an in-home pedicure from Lily Ly. Ly has a contract with Wilo Spa, a new company which offers spa services in customers’ homes. Wilo Spa opened in November and allows customers to arrange appointments by text. About 80 percent of the charge goes to the cosmetologist, plus tip.

According to Wilo Spa founder Manjeera Patnaikuni, it is difficult for a busy person to schedule personal care services. Nail salons maintain regular business hours, so for a working woman – especially one with children – there may not be time between breakfast and dinner to get a manicure or a brow wax.

That is why Patnaikuni founded Wilo Spa in November – to enable individuals to schedule appointments with spa professionals until 9:30 p.m. The biggest draw, according to Patnaikuni, is that the appointment will happen in your home. The Palo Alto resident said her customers reside throughout the Peninsula.


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