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The building at 170 State St. is currently under construction. Once the city of Los Altos approves the building permit, the building will become a mixed-use development with a food court on the first floor and office space above.

Updated 7/31 at 1 p.m. to clarify details about each specific property. For the full correction, read next week's issue.

The Town Crier has received several inquiries about changes to two Los Altos Community Investments properties: 170 State St., above, and 151 First St.

In 2010, Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andMe, founded LACI, which owns more than two dozen downtown properties.

According to the city of Los Altos’ New Development webpage, a design review application for 170 State is under consideration. The project, approved last December, will transform the existing two-story building into a mixed-use development with a food court on the first floor and office space on the second.

LACI officials confirmed that the building permit is being processed by the city and promised the Town Crier an interview with renderings when paperwork is approved.

As for 151 First, the former home of arcade Area 151, only rubble remains after its recent demolition. After the Town Crier deadline, LACI representatives commented a new design that will provide green space to Bumble next door was previously approved by the city. Site improvement and use permits were obtained July 1.

Thought Marketing racks up awards


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Allison Taylor started Thought Marketing LLC, a Los Altos-based boutique consultancy, nine years ago after leaving a career running communications for a security software company.

Allison Taylor never planned to launch Los Altos-based Thought Marketing LLC nine years ago – she just knew she needed a career change from running communications for a security software company.

But as she talked to business contacts, everyone kept saying, “Let me know what you end up doing because I’d love to work with you,” she said.

Emotionally preparing for life in retirement

Virtually everyone who comes to our firm seeking retirement planning help is focused on the financial aspects. The No. 1 question is usually: “Will I have enough money to be able to do all the things I want to do as a retiree?”

Being prepared financially, however, is not the same as being prepared emotionally. Your lifestyle during retirement is going to be quite different from what you’ve been experiencing up until now, and if you don’t plan for it, you could be in for a shock.

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Enterprising college student's Project Jobs continues to grow


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Tyler Goloubef, standing, and Casey McConnell stain a fence for a Project Jobs client. The two are now running the company.

It’s pretty common for high school and college students to work doing odd jobs over the summer. What is unusual is creating a successful business that connects students with community members who have work that needs to get done.

However, Jake Klepper did just that when he launched Project Jobs in 2017. Klepper, a 2015 Los Altos High School graduate, was home from college for the summer and looking for work to supplement a part-time internship.

Bluestone Lane to First Street: Cafe to arrive on the scene next month

Australian-themed coffee chain Bluestone Lane revealed plans in early May to move into the retail space at the old train depot at 288 First St. in Los Altos. Last week, Bluestone and city of Los Altos officials confirmed construction will wrap up the last week of July and a ribbon cutting is scheduled soon afterward. 


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