Realtors present scholarships to two local MVLA students

Zhang, left, and Bhattacharya

The Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to 18 graduating seniors from public high schools in Silicon Valley, including two from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.

Los Altos High’s Jodie Bhattacharya and Mountain View High’s Cathy Xuan Zhang received scholarships. Both plan to attend Stanford University in the fall.

Transactions: the week of June 20

Los Altos

1482 Ben Roe Drive, Tarr Trust to X. Lu for $2,825,000

980 Eastwood Place, McCleary Trust to R. Simon for $4,125,000

Credit catastrophe continues to cost after 'voluntary repo'


Folks, you are about to read a story about a young woman named Darlene, a car, a fraud and how it changed the path of her entire life.

This tale is just one example of so many out there, wherein lives are impacted forever and no one on the outside is the wiser. Names may have been changed to protect innocent people.

Food For Thought: Local business enterprises collaborate with Hidden Villa on homesteading

Photo courtesy of Hidden Villa
Businesses from around the Bay Area connected with local homesteading enthusiasts at Hidden Villa’s inaugural Homesteading Faire May 26. The event explored 19 different topics, ranging from food preservation to homemade winemaking, beekeeping and hide tanning.

In response to the groundswell of interest in regenerative agriculture and access to ethically produced food, Hidden Villa has launched the new Food For Thought initiative, specifically geared toward helping eaters better understand their food.

New programming under Food For Thought will create opportunities for Silicon Valley residents to learn about and connect with the progressive and inspired agricultural work being done by the farmers and ranchers who serve the local food system.

MV council advances controversial business-license tax hike

Data courtesy of City of Mountain View

Mountain View City Council members spent hours last week wrestling with a business-license fee increase meant to boost city revenues while being fair to businesses of all sizes.

When the dust settled, the council opted for a model that would generate appoximately $6.1 million annually – a considerable jump from the $260,000 per year the city currently collects. Los Altos, by contrast, collects approximately $453,000 in such fees annually.

Is now the right time to sell your investments?

Here’s a question I get quite frequently from clients, friends, relatives and even strangers I meet at seminars: Is now the right time to sell my investments?

When I inquire as to what prompted the question, the responses run the gamut from “I read that stocks are overpriced right now” to “The loud-talking guy on TV said so.”

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