Wine superstore opens on Rengstorff with canapes, swordsman

Courtesy of Craig Lee
Total Wine & More opened its new Rengstorff Avenue location last week. The liquor store, which stocks approximately 13,000 products, hosted an opening-night gala. The premiere party featured local food and a demonstration, above, on how to open a champagne glass safely with a saber.

With a beheaded champagne bottle and a host of snacks from local restaurants, Total Wine & More opened last week in a vast space next to Costco in Mountain View.

The new beer, wine and hard liquor shop transformed 1010 Rengstorff Ave. from its former incarnation as pet store. Canyon-like aisles include wines, mead, cider and beer ranging from cases to single 12-ounce bottles. The retailer also stocks a cigar room, and a broad selection of mini bottles of liquor toward the front provides novice cocktail makers with a chance to try an expensive ingredient such as St. Germaine ($3.99 for 50 ml) without dropping $30 on the experiment.

Data-share agreement expands access to property listings

Four multiple listing service partners in the Bay Area recently agreed to streamline system capabilities so that participants and subscribers can access thousands more listings through one single point of entry.

The agreement enables Silicon Valley realtors to access three times more property listings.

Foie gras 'za? You'll have to wait

Courtesy of Cristina Smith
Lars M. Smith, right, describes his award-winning pizza to the crowd at the International Pizza Expo in Los Vegas. His pizza won first place in the Non-Traditional Division of the competition.

A pizza champion, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a new wine superstore all made news in the local business community last week.

Home of the pizza champion

Lars M. Smith, co-owner of Los Altos’ soon-to-open State of Mind Public House, recently won the Non-Traditional Division of the International Pizza Challenge.

Fair Housing Month commemorates landmark legislation

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Fair Housing Month is a nationwide celebration of the Fair Housing Act. According to Denise Welsh, president of the Silicon Valley Association or Realtors, local realtors are committed to the “principle that fair housing is an essential part of everything we do.”

Each year in April, realtors join the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing to mark Fair Housing Month.

President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark U.S. Fair Housing Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, in April 1968, which strives to ensure equal housing opportunity for all and prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or family status. In 2012, HUD published new regulations to ensure that its core housing programs are open to all eligible individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Residents speak out against Loyola Corners redevelopment

Asher Kohn/Town Crier
The Loyola Corners development moratorium expires in late July, but a joint study session held last month brought the city no closer to modifying the zoning code of the commerical area.

A one-hour study session was not enough to make progress on ending the Loyola Corners moratorium.

The Los Altos City Council and the Planning and Transportation Commission met March 14 – before the regularly scheduled council meeting – to listen to presentations by Jon Biggs, Los Altos’ community development director, and David Shiver, a consultant from BAE Urban Economics. They were joined by 16 public speakers.

Downtown theater could be economic driver for Los Altos

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A consultant study reported to the city that a downtown theater might serve as an effective driver of economic growth.

A consultant opened an old Pandora’s box at the March 14 Los Altos City Council meeting when he revived a proposal to build a performing arts theater in the downtown area.

Bill Lee, senior partner at Land Econ Group, the consultant responsible for the economic vitality strategy of the downtown visioning process, promoted the financial benefits of new construction.

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