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Office on Main to hit planning commission

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A public notice in front of 40 Main St. describes the site’s three-story office project.

A contentious three-story building with more than 15,000 square feet of office space is on the agenda at Thursday’s Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission meeting.

Ted Sorensen, the owner of the property at 40 Main St., has requested code exceptions to the city’s height ordinance, on-site parking and rear-yard setbacks, in exchange for offering a public “paseo” that would connect Main Street to the rear parking lot.

New Pilates studio gets to the roots of familiar fitness routine

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Nicole Grand, proprietor of Empowered Body Pilates in downtown Los Altos, guides Bill Friedman of Atherton through a Pilates lesson. Joseph Pilates himself looks on from a black-and-white photo on the wall.

Nicole Grand has been practicing Pilates for more than a decade and believes that she has learned a thing or two about the physical fitness system. The regimen, she said, has a misunderstood history.

Grand’s Second Street studio, Empowered Body Pilates, is decorated with black-and-white photographs of Joseph Pilates training boxers and gymnasts in his Manhattan gym. She calls the man “Joe,” and shares anecdotes of his life in class.

Does rebalancing your investments really work?

Rebalancing investments certainly sounds smart. It requires selling investments in asset classes that have grown to buy more in asset classes that have lagged, which would maintain a target allocation over time.

A couple of years ago I wrote a column for the Town Crier supporting rebalancing from a nonacademic perspective (“Does rebalancing your portfolio really work?” Sept. 23, 2015). Some academic research shows the impact that rebalancing is expected to have on your portfolio, and how frequently it should be done, but it’s not especially conclusive.

Familiar brunch spot Brian's Restaurant reopens as Bell Tower under new owner

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Brian Whitlock, left, proprietor of Brian’s Restaurant, stayed on as general manager after selling the business to Danny Shafazand, right, last month. The Rancho Shopping Center breakfast and lunch spot reopened as the Bell Tower Cafe June 1 with the same staff and menu.

The sign on the door has changed at the brunch spot long known as Brian’s Restaurant in Los Altos’ Rancho Shopping Center. But the restaurant, now known as the Bell Tower Cafe, continues to serve the same food, from the same people, this week.

New owner Danny Shafazand rehired every employee at the restaurant when he purchased the business, including a cook who’d been there 30 years and Brian Whitlock himself, who first went into the Los Altos breakfast business with his wife in 1977. He now serves as general manager.

Los Altos business women foster community downtown

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Shashi Murthy, owner of Gitane, works with other local women on business ventures.

Shashi Murthy has been busy since she came to the Bay Area in 1990. Originally from Bangalore, India, she earned a master’s degree in computer science from San Jose State University and worked at a high-tech company before starting a consultancy and serving a stint as a kindergarten teacher – the better to be on her daughters’ schedule once they were in school.

“Now they’re out and about and I thought, ‘I need a job,’” Murthy said.

Beloved Los Altos parrot finds a San Jose roost

Courtesy of Amir Behboud
Amir Behboud of San Jose last week took in Lulu, the 8-year-old parrot that resided at Pet’s Delight. According to Behboud, Lulu will still make occasional visits to Los Altos.

Lulu has a new home. A San Jose family last week adopted the parrot, the longtime mascot of Pet’s Delight on State Street.

The sale of the pet store in April left Lulu in need of another place to perch; the shop’s new owner did not want to keep the blue and gold macaw.

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