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Lights out at Los Altos Lighting, but why?

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Los Altos Lighting has not opened its doors or returned phone calls for several weeks, leaving some customers in a bind.

The sign says Los Altos Lighting is “Closed Until Further Notice.” It has been posted on the front door of the Main Street light fixture store for the past few weeks.

Ga-Ja “Chris” Kim, the owner of the store and the property, has not responded to repeated requests for comment, nor has he been in touch with city officials.

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Los Altos realtor assumes leadership position at SILVAR

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Los Altos realtor Denise Welsh, newly installed president of SILVAR, gives a speech at Los Altos Golf & Country Club Jan. 19.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors installed its 2017 leadership team Jan. 19 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club. At the helm of the local trade association this year is Los Altos realtor Denise Welsh.

Welsh is a broker associate with the Alain Pinel Realtors Los Altos office. Other officers include Bill Moody, a realtor with Referral Realty in Cupertino, as president-elect; and Phyllis Carmichael, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Los Altos, as treasurer.

A public benefit for First Street project depends on public

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An office block on First Street proposed by Los Altos Community Investments could include Bumble.

During a recent joint study session with the Los Altos City Council and the Planning and Transportation Commission, a developer asked point-blank what sort of public benefits could be provided in exchange for exceeding the city’s height limit on First Street.

“What are the community benefits this city council is looking for?” asked Kelly Snider, managing director of Los Altos Community Investments (LACI), which hopes to build a three-story office building and park with underground parking on First Street.

Two services offer free tax help

Two organizations are offering free tax assistance to local residents with low to moderate incomes to help individuals and families prepare for tax season.

• AARP is scheduled to provide Tax Aide preparation services Monday mornings Feb. 6 through April 17 at the Los Altos Senior Program’s Hillview Community Center location, 97 Hillview Ave.

New business promises spa service, without the spa

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View resident Brooke Rankins receives an in-home pedicure from Lily Ly. Ly has a contract with Wilo Spa, a new company which offers spa services in customers’ homes. Wilo Spa opened in November and allows customers to arrange appointments by text. About 80 percent of the charge goes to the cosmetologist, plus tip.

According to Wilo Spa founder Manjeera Patnaikuni, it is difficult for a busy person to schedule personal care services. Nail salons maintain regular business hours, so for a working woman – especially one with children – there may not be time between breakfast and dinner to get a manicure or a brow wax.

That is why Patnaikuni founded Wilo Spa in November – to enable individuals to schedule appointments with spa professionals until 9:30 p.m. The biggest draw, according to Patnaikuni, is that the appointment will happen in your home. The Palo Alto resident said her customers reside throughout the Peninsula.

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