What is your hourly rate?

Do you know how much you are actually making with all the hard work, company politics and long commute? When evaluating job offers, keeping a cool head and carefully weighing the pros and cons are crucial. Once you make your decision, you are done and mistakes can be costly and painful.

Here is an example: Chris is an engineering manager at a large tech company in the Bay Area making $150,000 per year. He has a wife and two young kids. While his wife had a career as a marketer, she wants to spend time with the kids until the youngest one goes to first grade. Chris’ daily commute is less than 30 minutes each way.

Transactions for the week of September 26

Los Altos

550 San Felicia Way, Tschabold Trust to J. Alota for $3,328,000

10999 Terry Way, Romeo Trust to L. Tran for $3,075,000

Chamber endorses Fligor, Mordo for LA council


The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Neysa Fligor and Jean Mordo in the race for two seats on the Los Altos City Council in the Nov. 6 election.

Demonstrated leadership

Fligor would bring “vitality and energy” to the council, according to Chamber President Pat Kapp, and her experience as an attorney working in high-tech and government positions would be helpful in understanding the complexities of policy decisions facing the council.

It takes a village: How a locally designed app aims to turn parenting into a communal effort once again

Courtesy of Hugh Molotsi
Hugh Molotsi, creator of Ujama, a local parent transportation app, models a T-shirt with his company logo along with his wife, Michelle, and their daughters Dineo, left, and Danielle, right. The Molotsis rely on Ujama to get their girls to and from gymnastics.


More than 400 parents in Los Altos and surrounding cities are using a transportation app – started by a Silicon Valley tech guru turned Oak Valley neighborhood dad – that’s meant to build a network.

Just outside Rancho San Antonio, Zambia native Hugh Molotsi sits and works on ways to innovate his app, Ujama, to be even more school and family oriented.

All or muffin: Voyageur du Temps bets on negotiation, forced to vacate

Voyaguer du Temps
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Cheryl Baldovino, from left, Elaine Yu, Maria Chou and Elli Bosworth note the brown paper covering the windows of Voyageur du Temps Sept. 18 after learning it had shuttered for good shortly after they ate lunch there. The friends said they had noticed the restaurant offered a limited menu during their meal, but they didn’t realize it was closing permanently.

A failed effort to save the community that Rie Rubin had fostered through her Los Altos bakery, Voyageur du Temps, led to an abrupt closing last week.

Rubin had received a 180-day notice to vacate the historical property at 288 First St., she said, but was actively negotiating with the property manager until the day she and her employees were told they had to leave. She was under the impression there may have been a chance of changing the leasing agreement to accommodate her plea to Rita Armstrong, manager of the limited liability company that owns the building.

MV Community Shuttle renewed through 2019

Courtesy of the City of Mountain View
The Mountain View Community Shuttle, a pilot program that has ferried more than a half-million riders, has been renewed through 2019.

The Mountain View Community Shuttle pilot program, now in its fourth year, has been extended through the end of 2019 at its current service level, with continued funding from Google Inc.

The free service, aimed at encouraging people to get around town and out of their cars, was originally set to expire this year. To date, it has transported more than 550,000 riders.

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