Caffeine-free and curious


Photo by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier

Twins Sarah Patterson, above in white, and Grace Patterson, in pink, examine a Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health notice at the Starbucks on Main Street, inset. Bemused caffeine addicts stalled out in front of the outpost became a common sight in downtown Los Altos over the holidays. The coffee shop failed inspections Dec. 21 and 27 and reopened over the weekend. Reached by phone, store manager Khan Tran declined to describe the work that had been ongoing inside the store last week. The location had received high marks in previous examinations, but last month an inspector noted live cockroaches on and around the coffee bar and kitchen areas.

Transactions

Los Altos

431 Juanita Way, Novick Trust to He Trust for $3,366,000

2024 Louise Lane, Yen Trust to T. Ie for $3,625,000

Business Briefs: Retirement planning, smart homes and more


Photo by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Tre Monti prepares to open on Main Street, right.

Financial adviser discusses retirement planning

Financial adviser Arvind Ven is scheduled to discuss “Social Security and Retirement Planning” 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Ven, who writes the Town Crier’s “Fiscal Fitness” column, will explain how to manage Social Security retirement benefits and will highlight other sources of retirement income to augment and/or fill in the gaps from Social Security.

New workplace laws raise minimum wage

Minimum wage in Mountain View has been jumping by $2 per year recently, reaching $15 Jan. 1.

The increases stem from a 2015 ordinance that targeted attaining $15 by this year, with subsequent annual minimum wage adjustments pegged to the region’s Consumer Price Index, a measure of how the price of goods like food has increased over time.

Transactions: Jan 3 2017

Los Altos

74 Bay Tree Lane, Cohn Trust to Watanabe Trust for $2,050,000

1515 Oakhurst Avenue, Schott Trust to Oakhurst Limited for $3,000,000

How to worry less about your investments

I don’t suppose that worrying is ever a good idea. If there’s something in your life you are concerned about, and you have the ability to change it, then you can and should do so. If you have no control over it, worrying about it won’t improve anything and might even negatively impact your health.

Nowhere is this more relevant than with your invested savings. Many of the people who come to me for advice start by telling me how worried they are about their investments. If you’re one of those people, I may have a simple solution to help you alleviate all of that stress.


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