First Friday marks 5th anniversary with holiday-themed event

Santa Claus is scheduled to appear at the First Friday fifth anniversary celebration 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

Stores will remain open until 8 p.m., many with special offers. The event will feature an “Elf on the Shelf” scavenger hunt and live music at various locations on Main and State streets. Performers will include Sunday Seven at Le Boulanger, In the Pocket at Chase Bank, Influx at Gallery 9, Celtic Harmony at Enchanté Boutique Hotel, Mollie and Scott at Linden Tree Books, Mars at Nature Gallery, Foggy Memory Band at the Costume Bank and Fully Funded, the Mountain View Madrigals and Bullis Charter School’s Sonore Choir at Veterans Community Plaza.

Toys for Tots comes home to Main Street

All Horizons Travel is once again serving as a collection station for the U.S. Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots program during the holiday season.

Residents can drop off new, unwrapped toys, games and books for children in need at the agency, 160 Main St. in Los Altos, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 16.

Noteworthy: MV IT office honored

Jon Simms and Adrienne Wong, owners of the TeamLogic IT office in Mountain View, recently received the Franchisee of the Year award from TeamLogic Inc.

Simms and Wong were honored at the annual TeamLogic IT Owners Summit, held Oct. 20-22 in Tampa, Fla.

Andronico's to be renamed Safeway Community Market

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Andronico’s at Rancho Shopping Center, the only grocery store in central Los Altos, soon will be renamed Safeway Community Market. Officials at Albertsons, which owns the Safeway chain, said the changeover would occur in December.

The Andronico’s Community Market at Rancho Shopping Center will be renamed Safeway Community Market in December.

Albertsons, Safeway’s parent company, purchased the five Bay Area Andronico’s, including the Los Altos location, earlier this year. The other locations are in Berkeley, San Francisco and San Anselmo.

Los Altos branch of Wells Fargo moving forward

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Santa Clara County plans to sever its financial ties to Wells Fargo Bank, which has a branch on Main Street in Los Altos, after reports of widespread fraud.

Citing a nationwide scandal in which Wells Fargo & Co. created fake accounts to goose sales numbers, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to suspend business relationships with the bank.

“If pulling our business is what it takes to change behavior, then so be it,” said Supervisor Joe Simitian. “My hope and expectation is that action by our county might prompt similar action by other jurisdictions in the state and the nation.”

'Granny units' could aid housing affordability

source: City of Los Altos
Lowering the minimum lot size for secondary housing to 10,000 square feet could give nearly 7,000 homeowners the opportunity to build “granny units” on their lots.

In a joint study session, the Los Altos City Council and the Planning and Transportation Commission last week reviewed how secondary living units might allow for new housing in Los Altos.

City officials concluded that secondary living units, small outbuildings often called “granny” or “in-law” units because of their customary inhabitants, could help alleviate Silicon Valley’s housing crisis.

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