#TogetherMV: Residents show solidarity, leaders organize emergency relief efforts

Courtesy of the City of Mountain View

The city of Mountain View recently launched The Briefing – an online newsletter designed to help residents feel connected during the state’s shelter-in-place order. The newsletter begins by highlighting several acts of kindness.

Los Altos city staff, merchant groups replicate online campaign for local businesses

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Courtesy of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce

The city of Los Altos, the Los Altos Village Association and the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce launched a joint effort Wednesday (April 8) designed to drive profits for local business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Restrictions tighten as local officials extend shelter-in-place order

More restrictive measures – including bans on most construction projects – are the outcome of an extended shelter-in-place order enacted last week.

The move from “essential” to “nonessential” businesses means construction on housing remodels and even the city of Los Altos’ new community center cannot continue. 

Coronavirus unsettles Silicon Valley housing market

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It’s currently difficult to judge a home’s status by signage; since the implementation of the county and statewide shelter-in-place orders, many signs remain erect even when properties leave the market because the companies that provide the signs are unable to take them down.

Throughout the nearly 20 years Nicholas French has worked as a Silicon Valley realtor, strangers inquiring about his profession have consistently proclaimed how fortunate he is to possess such a potentially lucrative one. That all changed during the Great Recession. 

“The look on people’s faces was like I had leprosy,” said French, a broker associate with Sereno Group, recalling the 2008 crash. “Everybody was like, ‘How are you doing? Oh my God. Are you getting through this?’” 

A 60-hour mission: Essential businesses scramble to draft, post and implement protocols

Cristina Smith
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Cristina Smith, one of the owners of State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria, posts required protocols for mitigating the spread of the coronavirus in the Los Altos restaurant’s windows Friday morning.

Local essential businesses are adapting to updated health and safety protocols as health officials seek to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

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