'Crazy Rich Asians' director returns to familiar place to promote new movie

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“Crazy Rich Asians” actors Henry Golding, left, and Constance Wu, second from right, join film director Jon Chu, right, and his father, Larry Chu Sr., second from left, at Chef Chu’s restaurant Thursday in Los Altos.

Hollywood director-producer Jon Chu held a press gathering last week at his father Larry’s iconic Chef Chu’s restaurant in Los Altos to discuss his new film, which some reviewers are calling a potential game changer for Asians in the mainstream movie industry.

Appellate court rules defunding of sanctuary cities 'unconstitutional'

In a rebuke to the Trump administration, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Aug. 1 ruled that President Donald Trump’s attempt to strip funding from so-called sanctuary jurisdictions violates the U.S. Constitution.

Grants help fund Mtn. View homeless resource consortium

Courtesy of Sanjay Dave
Local leaders gather to celebrate the Hope’s Corner donations. Pictured from left are: Maddie Pascua, Community Health Awareness Council; Mountain View Mayor Lenny Siegel; Kathi McShane, pastor, Los Altos United Methodist Church; Siteri Maravou, Trinity United Methodist Church; Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian; Mountain View City Council members John McAlister and Margaret Abe-Koga; Javier Gonzalez of Google; and Leslie Carmichael, president of Hope’s Corner.

Local leaders announced a $1 million grant from Google Inc., last week, money that allows for a consortium of homeless resources housed at Trinity United Methodist Church in Mountain View to move forward. The grant will supplement another $1 million in funding from the county and other sources.

The money will fund services that include a shelter, a kitchen and onsite case management.

Takeover of local animal shelter could manifest in weeks -- or not

Like the hysterical chick that believes the sky is falling after an acorn bops it on the head, Pets In Need Executive Director Al Mollica has conditioned others to question the reality he presents – at least when it comes to his nonprofit organization’s progress with assuming operations of Palo Alto Animal Services.

Palo Alto Animal Services
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Pets In Need hopes to assume operations of Palo Alto Animal Services, above.

“I feel a little like Chicken Little: promising but unable to deliver,” Mollica said.

Bike-share biz drops Mountain View, but pilot program continues

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An ofo customer pedals out of Centennial Plaza in Mountain View. The Beijing-based startup is leaving a Mountain View bike-share pilot program after less than three months.

Updated at 9:36 p.m. July 31:

Less than three months after the rollout of a yearlong bike-share pilot program in Mountain View, one of the two participating companies has left the market.

Businesses sued by litigious lawyer for not complying with ADA rules

Los Altos Futon Shop
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One of disabled attorney Scott Johnson’s complaints against Los Altos’ The Futon Shop, located on El Camino Real, is that the pull-bar-style handle on its door caused him difficulty. However, customer service manager Burt Bún said the doors of the store are always propped open.

A quadriplegic attorney from Carmichael with a history of suing businesses in the Sacramento area for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act has moved south, now reaching for the pocketbooks of small-business owners in Los Altos and Mountain View.

Backed by a Southern California law firm, Scott Johnson – a licensed attorney in the state since December 1993 – has recently sued a slew of businesses on El Camino Real, including The Futon Shop and Walther’s Floor and Remodeling in Los Altos, and Wine Press Liquors in Mountain View.

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