BBB warns of email phishing scam

The Better Business Bureau staff almost fell for this clever email con. Watch out for this latest twist in a long line of phishing emails that look like messages from workplace software.

How the scam works

You receive an email at your work address. It looks official, like a message from your office’s project management software. It alerts you that you’ve been added to a new project team, and your “director” is urging you to “follow up on this team urgently.”

Transactions for the week of April 3

Los Altos

1052 Echo Drive, Moore Family Trust to J. & A. Morris for $3,900,000

100 First Street No. 108, S. Leland to Von Kaenel Trust for $1,420,000

The differences between a buyer's and a seller's market

You may have heard people reference a “buyer’s market” or a “seller’s market.” Is this a real thing? In a word, yes.

Seller’s market

In a seller’s market, increasing demand for homes drives up prices. Here are some of the drivers of demand:

Things to consider for tax-year preparation


Death and taxes are the two inevitable yet constant factors in our lives. On that comforting note, let us talk about the less depressing of the two – taxes. There, don’t you feel better about taxes already? Even if you don’t, tax season is upon us, and it pays, financially and stress-level-wise, to be prepared.

Following are some topics for this tax season that you should be considering and discussing with your qualified tax professional.

Sweet dreams are made of cheese: Los Altos State of Mind owner Lars Smith wins spot on pizza team


Courtesy of Jim Smith
Public House and Pizzeria owner Lars Smith holds the pizza that won him first place in the United States Pizza Team’s competition in Cleveland in November. The victory enabled Smith to participate in the World Pizza Championship in Parma, Italy, set to take place next week. Smith and the rest of the U.S. team will compete against pizza makers from around the world in 55 categories.

Los Altos’ State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria owner Lars Smith is perfecting his recipes before he jets off to Parma, Italy, to compete in the World Pizza Championship, according to his father, Jim.

After winning first place at the United States Pizza Team’s competition in Cleveland in November, Smith qualified to compete alongside 18 other members of the U.S. team for the world title in Parma. The event is scheduled Thursday through April 11.

Making effective use of technology to get ahead


Living in Silicon Valley can make us feel like we are constantly driving in the fast lane, with little time to slow down and enjoy life. Between work and life demands, and tending to daily routine chores that take up most of our time, we all feel the pain of time poverty.

An idea is born

The frustrations of time management and a growing desire to delegate routine chores without having to hire a full-time assistant led Michael Duran, a physician and single dad, to found Crowdservice.


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