How to maximize Social Security survivor benefits

Prior to the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, Social Security benefits were quite generous for married – and even divorced – couples, particularly those with dual incomes.

Rotary speaker: Housing, transportation challenges continue to plague SV


Courtesy of Marlene Cowan
Carl Guardino, president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, speaks at the Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting on transportation and housing.

Carl Guardino, president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, hears the same complaint over and over again about life in Silicon Valley: “This traffic is driving me crazy, but there’s no house here I can afford.”

Guardino, who spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting Oct. 4, has a long career centered on developing transportation solutions. California governors have three times appointed him to serve four-year terms on the California Transportation Commission.

Transactions for the week of Oct. 17

Los Altos

1504 Cedar Place, Roberts Trust to N. & R. Haiby for $2,900,000

630 Covington Road, S. Vaez to Leff Trust for $3,400,000

Transactions for the week of October 10

Los Altos

20 Alma Court, Anderson Trust to N. Hsieh for $3,460,000

1439 Aura Way, Hubbard Trust to S. Kumar for $2,950,000

IKB president retires after 25 years


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Ilona Lindauer, president of IKB Design & Construction, is set to retire.

Los Altos’ IKB Design & Construction, a Main Street mainstay for more than two decades, will continue operations under new ownership as President Ilona Lindauer prepares to retire.

Annual Fall Festival falls victim to other October celebrations

Los Altos Fall Festival
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos’ 2017 Fall Festival featured pumpkins, rides, face painting and more.

The annual Los Altos Fall Festival, which has signaled autumn’s arrival as much as the changing leaf colors along Foothill Expressway and the pumpkins lining Main Street storefronts, will not take place this year, largely due to competition from other October festivities.


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