When business rights trump personhood rights

Some people really are more equal than others. The people I speak of, by law, in the United States are corporations. How can that be, you ask?

First note that other than voting – and let’s face it, lobbying is a more effective gig – breathing and eating, corporations have been granted personhood via legal fiction in the U.S.

The Vault locks down 2 more years on First St.

Chris Lampe, manager of Los Altos Vault & Safe Deposit Co., said he never really gave up hope when it came to the Vault staying in business. His hope became a reality April 13 when owner Betine Lee signed the deal they had been looking for – a two-year lease extension with property owner Los Altos Community Investments.

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Los Altos Vault & Safe Deposit Co., above, will remain in business on First Street for at least two more years. Owner Betine Lee inked a lease deal with Los Altos Community Investments April 13.

Earlier this year, Lee announced that the private vault, located at 121 First St., would close its doors June 1 if LACI principal Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andMe, didn’t offer her more than a six-month lease.

Is a sixth financial crash on the horizon?

Scott Nations explores the sources of the five largest stock market collapses in U.S. history in his recently published book “A History of the United States in Five Crashes.”

The crashes all were caused by new, complex and poorly understood investment “contraptions,” lax regulations and the lack of market liquidity prompted by too much selling too quickly.

Transactions: April 25, 2018

Los Altos

100 First Street No. 102, R. Hwang to Kuba Trust for $2,287,500

101 Second Street No. 8, Vonpazmany Trust to E. Cheng for $1,060,000

Hong Kong-style desserts reach Mountain View

Durian mochi
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A newcomer to durian can try it wrapped in mochi and rolled in coconut flakes at SweetHoney Dessert in Mountain View.

The voluminous menu at the new SweetHoney Dessert in Mountain View offers starting-off points for diners new to Hong Kong-style sweets, but also a deep back catalog of classics that will taste like home to longtime fans of the genre.

Startup's co-housing concept adds Los Altos Hills luster

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HubHaus residents Matic Ferk, above, from left, Adam Lugowski and Kerry Jones gather in their Los Altos Hills kitchen at dinnertime. Their home’s communal living room provides a shared space to gather. It gazes out on Silicon Valley,

You’ve got a job – maybe even one you love – and now you need to find housing.

In the Bay Area, great work has become far easier to come by than a reasonable home. Creative workarounds to the housing crunch have become a market opportunity for entrepreneurs like Los Altos resident Shruti Merchant, who co-founded HubHaus to attract some of those unhomed professionals.

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