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'Granny units' could aid housing affordability

source: City of Los Altos
Lowering the minimum lot size for secondary housing to 10,000 square feet could give nearly 7,000 homeowners the opportunity to build “granny units” on their lots.

In a joint study session, the Los Altos City Council and the Planning and Transportation Commission last week reviewed how secondary living units might allow for new housing in Los Altos.

City officials concluded that secondary living units, small outbuildings often called “granny” or “in-law” units because of their customary inhabitants, could help alleviate Silicon Valley’s housing crisis.

Mountain View Chamber funds 'free' online degree program

courtesy of study.com
A man who works in Mountain View wears a T-shirt bearing the logo of Working Scholars.

Chamber of Commerce Mountain View’s Education Foundation has high hopes for its newest program. The Chamber has partnered with Study.com, a Mountain View education startup, to make a bachelor’s degree in business affordable.

According to Chamber officials, Study.com will waive its access fees for online courses that go toward an online Bachelor of Science degree from the New Jersey-based Thomas Edison State University. The Chamber of Commerce is raising funds for scholarships to pay the remaining $3,500 to $5,000 in fees.

Classical Pilates studio space empowers downtown Los Altos

Empowered Body Pilates, a classical Pilates studio, opened last month at 223 Second St. in Los Altos.

Instructor/owner Nicole Grand’s studio upholds the traditional teaching methods originated nearly a century ago by physical fitness guru Joseph Hubertus Pilates. Pilates pioneered his method of building strength through core using safe, functional methods appropriate for all levels of fitness.  

Salon cares for cancer patients through hair and beyond

Photos courtesy of therapy salon
Sarah Zebb prepares to give a haircut to a girl who plans to donate her locks to an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients. Zebb, owner of Therapy Salon in Los Altos, is sponsoring the “Kiss Away Cancer” fundraiser Thursday.

Sarah Zebb always knew she was a talented hairstylist, but it took a tragedy for her to apply her gifts the way she knew she wanted to.

Elman gives locally, earns international acclaim for advisory work

Courtesy of Brad Elman
Brad Elman, center in all black, throws out a ceremonial pitch with his Little League Challenger Division team, in Giants jerseys, and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, in shorts, before the start of the Challenger Division 2016 season.

Brad Elman has been a financial professional in Los Altos for nearly 20 years. He has been a member of the Million Dollar Round Table for even longer, and last month the 89-year-old association of financial professionals named him divisional vice president of membership.

It is the third time Elman has been named a vice president of the Million Dollar Round Table, and this time he will be responsible for monitoring the qualifications of the organization’s nearly 50,000 members from 70 countries.

Chamber endorses candidates

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce recently endorsed Neysa Fligor, Alex Glew and Jeannie Bruins for city council.

Chamber representatives noted that all six candidates were well qualified to served on the council but believed that Fligor, Glew and Bruins would “best represent the interests of business in Los Altos.”

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