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.

Main Street hotel finds its suite spot

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Enchanté Boutique Hotel in Los Altos ranked No. 9 on the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards list of the Top 25 Small Hotels in the U.S.

Enchanté Boutique Hotel owner Abigail Ahrens uttered one adjective when notified that her downtown Los Altos hotel ranked No. 9 on the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards list of the Top 25 Small Hotels in the U.S.: “mind-blowing.”

How to use social media, not let it use you

Over the past 12 years, social media has evolved from purely being an opportunity to connect with people and share information to being something bigger. It is now woven deeply into the fabric of our lives. Social media now plays an important role, influencing us on where to go and how to spend our time on a daily basis.

Given that there are many social media platform choices, ranging from LinkedIn to Facebook, from Snapchat to Pinterest and from Tumblr to Reddit – all vying for our time – how can we make peace with social media and still manage to feel productive in our daily lives?

Taylor Morrisons 6Sixty units exceed $1 million

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Thirty-seven new townhomes in Mountain View are on the market, listed at $1.3 million and up. The 6Sixty complex on Tyrella Avenue replaced 52 single-family and multifamily apartments. Project developer Taylor Morrison helped with the Tenant Relocation Assistance process, required by city ordinance.

Thirty-seven new townhomes in Mountain View, which builder Taylor Morrison Homes marketed as “affordable” at the Jan. 12 grand opening of the models, are listed at $1.3 million and up.

Attorney known for ADA lawsuits goes after MV motel

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The Mountain View Super 8 is being sued for not being accessible to people with disabilities by a lawyer who has filed hundreds of similar lawsuits.

A lawyer with disabilities from Carmichael who filed hundreds of Americans with Disabilities Act compliance lawsuits last year has now set his sights on a Mountain View motel.

Real estate transactions for the week of Jan. 30

Los Altos

15 Farm Road, Tish Trust to Dymond Trust for $1,850,000

438 Yerba Buena Avenue, Sunshine Drive LLC to 438 Yerba Buena LLC for $3,500,000

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