Don’t pay scammers who are offering government aid

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, many government agencies are providing money and other support to help with pandemic-related hardships. Scammers, always ready to take advantage of people in crisis, have been stepping in with a new con. The Better Business Bureau offers the following information on con “consultants” claiming to help you get free government aid.

Transactions for the week of August 19

Los Altos

23 Arbuelo Way, A. Singh to Lin Trust for $2,975,000
1691 Austin Avenue, Holland Trust to Loretz Construction Inc. for $2,350,000
736 Campbell Avenue, D. & W. Wagner to Bhatia Living Trust for $4,500,000
1848 Fallen Leaf Lane, Askarinam Trust to P. & S. Walia for $2,815,000
110 Pasa Robles Avenue, A. Leak to S. & J. Enos for $2,650,000

How trees can affect the value of your property

You might wonder what trees have to do with real estate. Other than water, trees probably have more influence on a property than any other natural feature. Trees will impact not only what you can build and where, but also temperature, maintenance, costs, views and animal life.

As pandemic impacts independent bookstores, Linden Tree Books plans to ‘tough it out’

When Chris Saccheri and Florina Grosskurth took over Linden Tree Books in downtown Los Altos late last year, it was a busy period for the store.

One woman’s journey from receptionist to owner of shop in male-dominated field

El Camino Hospital
Courtesy of Erin Gomes
Erin Gomes, pictured with her children, is the owner of Bavarium Autoworks on Old Middlefield Way in Mountain View.

When Erin Gomes answered a help-wanted ad 17 years ago to work as a receptionist for an independent car repair shop in Mountain View, she had no plans of starting a lifelong career in the automotive industry.

Nest Egg Briefs: Mitigating the financial risk of COVID-19

What we have learned about COVID-19 so far is that it is highly transmissible and that there is an extremely wide range of symptoms. Some who contract it experience no symptoms at all, while others die from it. Although the media focus has been on deaths, incapacity can be a greater risk, especially to working families. Here’s why, and also how you can protect yourself.


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