The importance of inspections

When you buy or sell a house, inspections are often involved. Following are some commonly asked questions.

Honcho shutters after three-year run

Representatives of Honcho, the wine and beer lounge at 235 First St., thanked customers on their website for a “fun three years” as the establishment closed for good on Valentine’s Day.

Words of art: Eclectic painter opens Los Altos pop-up gallery

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Oana Singa’s pop-up exhibition, “Oana Singa: Art Inspired by the Theatrical and the Absurd,” opened in Los Altos Jan. 18 and runs through April 30.

When artist Oana Singa moved from Romania to the United States with her husband and a baby on the way nearly 15 years ago, language was the biggest barrier to adjusting to her new home. Now, English words fill the paintings that hang in her temporary studio at 4846 El Camino Real in Los Altos.

Singa’s pop-up exhibition, “Oana Singa: Art Inspired by the Theatrical and the Absurd,” opened Jan. 18 and runs through April 30, when the recently approved Altos One housing complex will begin to take shape on the property.

MV Chamber of Commerce celebrates leaders

The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 24th annual Celebration of Leaders Awards 6-9:30 p.m. March 1 at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

This year’s awards will recognize Young, Craig & Co. LLP as Outstanding Business, the Community School of Music and Arts as Outstanding Nonprofit Organization and former Mountain View Mayor Ken Rosenberg as Outstanding Businessperson.

Transactions for the week of Feb. 13

Los Altos

695 Berry Avenue, H. & J. Woo to Moin Family Trust for $3,000,000

324 Cherry Avenue, Menlo Funding Corp. to MSSP Trust for $2,595,000

How seniors can still get charitable tax deductions

As a result of the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, taxpayers – especially in California – may find themselves losing some of the deductions they used to get for charitable contributions on their 2018 taxes.

Here’s a simple example to explain this. Suppose you are married and have the following annual expenses.

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