Reflecting on equal access during Fair Housing Month

April is National Fair Housing Month, and housing advocates aim to remind Americans that all persons have equal access to housing and that fair housing is not an option but the law.

The Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, protects people from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and family status.

Goat your back: LAH yoga classes boast practice with a 'baaa-mazing' twist

Goat yoga
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A student practices her balance as a Nigerian dwarf goat climbs on her back during the “downward dog” pose, below.

The phenomenon of goat yoga has arrived in Los Altos Hills.

Shanti Farm owner Pam Carlton’s first class of goat yoga – which involved Nigerian dwarf goats running around or standing on participants as they practiced the mind and body exercises – was held last week on her 1-acre homestead.

Tough as nails: New Los Altos salon owner triumphs over hardship

Gig Nguyen
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The dream of Gigi Nguyen came true when clients encouraged her to open her own salon, The Nail Bar, in Loyola Corners.

Updated: April 10, 2 p.m.

After decades of hustling to make a living to support everyone’s needs but her own, Gigi Nguyen has settled in at what she calls her “baby,” The Nail Bar on Fremont Avenue in Los Altos’ Loyola Corners. 

Nguyen signed the lease for her first salon – which offers nail services, facials and waxing – last June after working as a nail technician downtown for 15 years. With support from her clients and fellow technicians Tanya Le, Susan Truong and T-Mai Nguyen, women whom she considers her sisters, she was convinced by her client and startup investor Jocelyn Goldfein that this was her opportunity to do something for herself.

Scammers target seniors

The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging recently released its 2018 report on the top 10 scams targeted to seniors as reported to its toll-free fraud hotline. While I feel disheartened by the sheer volume of fraud taking place, I share the government’s belief that raising public awareness together with rigorous prosecution of offenders will make a difference.

Following are some of the most common ones and what to do to avoid being scammed.

Transactions for the week of April 10

Los Altos

28 Deep Well Lane, Chambers Family Trust to M. & R. Aubert for $2,250,000

100 First Street No. 109, Hyman Family Trust to Sander-Digiovanni Family Trust for $1,475,000

County offers new mobile app for paying property taxes

Business and personal property taxpayers in Santa Clara County now have access to SCC DTAC, a mobile app launched by the county’s Department of Tax and Collections to enable more than 500,000 property owners to pay the second installment of their annual property taxes, due today.

“There is no longer a need to spend time in traffic, finding parking or standing in line at the Department of Tax and Collections to pay property taxes in Santa Clara County,” said Margaret Olaiya, director of the Department of Tax and Collections.


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