Los Altos Chamber of Commerce holds Annual Awards Dinner

Chef
Nicole Walton / Special to the Town Crier
Chef Chu, left, held The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Awards Dinner Jan. 24 at Chef Chu’s. According to Chamber President Pat Kapp, it was the 29th year the ceremony was held at Lawrence Chu’s restaurant.

The dinner honored the following local organizations and representatives.

• Pride of Los Altos: Los Altos Hardware (Sue and Henry Nesmith)

• Chair’s Special Recognition: Ellen Biolsi, Cranberry Scoop

• Architecture and Design: Southgate Partners LLC (Sean, Erik and Wilfred Corrigan)

• New Member of the Year: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (Robert Kelley)

• Community Legacy: Heising-Simons Foundation (Holly Kreider)

• Member of the Year: Safeway Community Market/Safeway Stores (Wendy Guthsall and Ethan Baker)

Would you invest in the Republican Party?

You might be forgiven for thinking that this article is about politics. It’s not. It’s about investing. And it’s generally not a good idea to mix the two.

Late last year Point Bridge Capital LLC in Fort Worth, Texas, filed for the creation of a new exchange-traded fund (ETF) focused on those companies whose employees have contributed the most to Republican candidates or to political action committees. They plan to use the ticker symbol MAGA, which stands for “Make America Great Again.”

Realtors Charitable Foundation offers scholarships for high school seniors

The 19th annual Silicon Valley Realtors Scholars Program for graduating seniors from 18 public high schools in Silicon Valley is underway.

The program is sponsored by the Charitable Foundation of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, a professional trade organization representing more than 5,000 realtors and affiliate members engaged in the real estate business on the Peninsula and in the South Bay.

Mountain View Chamber of Commerce to hold honors dinner

The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Celebration of Leaders Awards Dinner 5:30 p.m. March 2 at the Computer History Museum.

The awards honor Mountain View businesses and leaders who have made “exceptional contributions” to the community, according to organizers.

Office use on hold in old Pharmaca space

Additional office space at 400 Main St. will have to wait. The Los Altos Planning Commission voted unanimously last week to hold the discussion over to the next meeting to allow the city attorney to review the ramifications of amending the zoning code.

The space in question is the former site of Pharmaca, which closed last fall only two years into a 10-year lease. The property owner, Jeff Morris, is looking to lease the 3,000-square-foot space to Keller Williams Real Estate. However, 400 Main, located in the commercial retail sales zone district, falls under a zoning code that prohibits office space on the ground floor.

Japanese designer travels to MV to translate toy for U.S. audience


Courtesy of Naoki Ono
The Chappet button brings toys to life. Mountain View played testing ground to its American iteration a year after its launch in Japan.

Entrepreneurs from around the world travel to the Bay Area to build their businesses, raising funding, networking and testing ideas in a startup-rich environment. Tokyo-based inventor Naoki Ono set up residence in Mountain View last year to redevelop a children’s product his company had already launched in Tokyo to some success.

Ono created Chappet, a bright-yellow button that attaches to stuffed animals or dolls and helps them “speak,” spontaneously, via a smartphone app.


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