LA main library hosts real estate workshop

A real estate workshop touting the financial benefits of installing drought-tolerant plants is scheduled 6:30 p.m. June 28 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Transactions

Los Altos

639 Morningside Circle, Parsons Trust to Arlin Trust for $3,850,000

990 Terrace Drive, Noellert Trust to O. Shacham for $2,736,000

Transactions: the week of May 30

Los Altos

5757 Arboretum Drive, White Trust to O’Neill Trust for $3,125,000

1361 Country Club Drive, M. & C. Kansky to V. Singh for $6,800,000

Credit where it's due: Tracking reporting agencies' accuracy

Alabama. Gore. BMW. What do they have in common? In 1995, the U.S. Supreme Court reached a landmark decision in the case of Gore v. BMW in Alabama.

In its ruling, the court found that there are certain constitutional limits to the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in any legal matter. The court did not set a bright line regarding those limits, but it hinted strongly that a ceiling of 10 times ordinary damages awarded would be a tough one to breach, constitutionally. Punitive damages are meant to “punish” and to deter certain bad behavior.

Q&A: LACI's Anne Wojcicki talks 170 State St. remodel


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Anne Wojcicki, the principal at Los Altos Community Investments, wants “food and fun” in her 170 State St. building. Located in downtown Los Altos, the building has been mostly vacant for nearly a year.

Food and fun are the priority for Anne Wojcicki when 170 State St. takes on new life after its remodel.

Located in downtown Los Altos and owned by Los Altos Community Investments, the complex has been occupied by Play! Los Altos and Kiwi Crate in recent years. Now completely vacant – and long ready for a face-lift – 170 State St.’s future gained some clarity in a Town Crier interview last week with Wojcicki, the principal at LACI and CEO of 23andMe.

Global shifts alter the business of what goes in your bin


Courtesy of Bill Watson
Karen Gissibl, Sunnyvale’s environmental program manager, provides perspective beside the plastics bales at the SMaRT Station serving Mountain View and Sunnyvale. The bales are sold for industrial reuse – when the market will buy.

It would be reasonable to assume that industrial innovation or chemical engineering limit what goes into local recycling bins and what gets consigned to the trash. But the contents of your bin respond to big business – the vast networks of scraps transported and repurposed across borders.

When China drastically changed its recyclables import policy this year, it caused a ripple effect across U.S. waste management, particularly on the West Coast. And the effects were felt in Los Altos and Mountain View.


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