Venezuelan coffee enterprise to open soon in Los Altos

Palo Alto COupa Cafe
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
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.

One simple way to deal with financial fraud



There seems to be no letup to the reports about fraudsters attempting to fleece unsuspecting investors out of their savings. I find it especially egregious when they target seniors who have a limited ability to recover. Below I offer the one piece of advice I believe is easy to follow and will at least help mitigate the damage.

But first, here’s a rundown of some of the latest scams to come to my attention.

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.

Los Altos' Silicon Valley Office of Protocol briefs visitors on culture and customs

Courtesy of Drew Altizer Photography
Deanna Tryon, back, welcomes international visitors such as the prime minister of Portugal, right.

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.

Transactions for the week of July 11

Los Altos

2236 Deodara Drive, Blachley Trust to L. Rung for $2,830,000

990 Hayman Place, G. & S. Young to Gupta Trust for $3,500,000

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