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Business Briefs: Retirement planning, smart homes and more

Photo by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
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.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit

‘Smart House’ workshop scheduled Jan. 29 at library

Matt McCormick, a licensed realtor, is slated to lead the workshop “Turn Your Home into a Smart House” 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

McCormick will discuss how to convert a home to a smart house to make life easier and more cost effective.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit

Slingshot powers off in Los Altos

Another Main Street storefront cycled back to empty this month with the departure of Slingshot Power from 164 Main.

When Slingshot CEO Ravi Chiruvolu set up shop downtown in 2013, the Los Altos Hills resident sold solar panels, electric-vehicle chargers and emergency battery packs – consumer energy products – in addition to installation services and maintenance.

As of last week, the company changed locations to a new office in San Jose, at 1718 Stone Ave. Suite B.

Another Italian eatery eyes downtown debut

Hints of an incoming Italian restaurant in Miyo Yogurt’s old location at 270 Main St. appeared last month. A licensing notice in the window teases the incoming Ristorante Tre Monti, a “fine Italian restaurant and wine bar.”

Co-owners Trang Do and Doug Matsumoto opened Miyo in November 2008 and maintained a pared-down self-serve yogurt operation until closing in September 2016. The location has remained dark since then.

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