Caffeine-free and curious

Photo by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier

Twins Sarah Patterson, above in white, and Grace Patterson, in pink, examine a Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health notice at the Starbucks on Main Street, inset. Bemused caffeine addicts stalled out in front of the outpost became a common sight in downtown Los Altos over the holidays. The coffee shop failed inspections Dec. 21 and 27 and reopened over the weekend. Reached by phone, store manager Khan Tran declined to describe the work that had been ongoing inside the store last week. The location had received high marks in previous examinations, but last month an inspector noted live cockroaches on and around the coffee bar and kitchen areas.

Business Briefs: Retirement planning, smart homes and more

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Tre Monti prepares to open on Main Street, right.

Financial adviser discusses retirement planning

Financial adviser Arvind Ven is scheduled to discuss “Social Security and Retirement Planning” 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Ven, who writes the Town Crier’s “Fiscal Fitness” column, will explain how to manage Social Security retirement benefits and will highlight other sources of retirement income to augment and/or fill in the gaps from Social Security.

New workplace laws raise minimum wage

Minimum wage in Mountain View has been jumping by $2 per year recently, reaching $15 Jan. 1.

The increases stem from a 2015 ordinance that targeted attaining $15 by this year, with subsequent annual minimum wage adjustments pegged to the region’s Consumer Price Index, a measure of how the price of goods like food has increased over time.

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.

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.

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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