No free lunch for FB: Employees loss proves restaurants gain

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Employees of Pacific Catch restaurant in The Village at San Antonio Center, above, hope that Facebook’s new offices in the center and its lack of a corporate cafeteria will bring in more business.

When Facebook Inc. moves into its new Mountain View offices at The Village at San Antonio Center this fall, one perk used to attract and retain employees at many Silicon Valley companies will be missing – the corporate cafeteria.

While Facebook employees may lament the lack of in-house grub, a spokesman for a local restaurant chain with a site in the center said the city’s ban on companies subsidizing more than 50 percent of their employees’ meals attracted his eatery to sign the lease.

Sutter Health debuts video visit option

Sutter Health recently introduced a video visit feature for common illnesses that anyone can operate from home, an effort to serve more patients in ways that work for them.

By visiting Sutter Health’s My Health Online portal app, people can schedule wa same-day appointment from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for those 18 months and older. The video visits are designed to help those who do not have conditions severe enough to need a physical visit to the emergency room, including allergies, coughs, fevers, the flu, pink eye, rashes and sore throats.

Venezuelan coffee enterprise to open soon in Los Altos

Palo Alto COupa Cafe
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The Stanford-favorite Coupa Cafe chain, set to debut at Colonnade Los Altos in October, launched at 538 Ramona St. in Palo Alto, above.

When Coupa Cafe opened in downtown Palo Alto in 2004, it introduced a generation of Stanford University students to the spicy cocoa and savory arepas the Coupal family fondly remembered from Venezuela.

Stanford students Jean Paul (’07), Camelia (’05) and Yasmine (’03) had all grown up in Venezuela, and when they traveled en masse to Palo Alto for school, mom Nancy tagged along. Nancy decided to open the coffeehouse on Ramona Street as her kids completed their undergraduate studies, and Jean Paul and Camelia found themselves sucked into the family business, painting walls in the new cafe between classes and ultimately working for what became a growing local coffee enterprise.

Private company scams target homeowners, Social Security recipients

Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone warned homeowners this month that a deceptive mailer has been circulated locally, masquerading as an official government document.

A private company dubbed itself “Local Property Office” and offered local property owners access to a copy of their deed and assessment information for $89. That information is available for as little as $6 directly from the local government.

Massive mixed-use MV development begins to take shape

Rendering Courtesy of Greystar
A four- and five-story housing and commercial development planned for Mountain View’s San Antonio neighborhood received the go-ahead from local government last month. The 632-unit project comes with 2 acres of developer-funded open space, slated for use on a school campus across the street, in addition to 1 acre of space within the complex itself.


When the Los Altos School District ended its pursuit last month of an 8.6-acre property at California Street and San Antonio Road in Mountain View, it cleared the way for city council approval of a massive 632-unit housing project in its place.

The Greystar development firm is proceeding with the multifamily housing complex, which also will include 20,000 square feet of commercial space, after getting the go-ahead from the council June 26.

Momentum Cycling Studio celebrates five years in LA

Momentum Cycling Studio’s Victoria Smith leads a high-intensity cycling workout at the downtown Los Altos business July 2. Clients and staff members celebrated the company’s fifth anniversary with dancing, food and drinks June 2.

The lively workout music that accompanies cyclists as they vigorously pedal their stationary bikes was playing as usual, but on this evening, no one was exercising. Instead, clients and staff were celebrating the fifth anniversary of Momentum Cycling Studio.

The June 2 event featured dancing, food and drinks at the studio, located at 129 First St. in downtown Los Altos.

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