Great Long-term Investment Opportunity

Posted on August 31, 2016 by  
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220 Azalia Drive - Front

220 Azalia Drive, East Palo Alto 94303
Listed at $599,000 / Sold at $630,000
2 Beds / 1 Bath / Home: 860 / Lot: 5,445 sqft +/-
Single Family Detached
Representing: Buyer


LAEF Announces $3.7 Million Goal

Posted on August 26, 2016 by  
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LAEFThe Los Altos Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization led by a board of parent volunteers, is targeting a fundraising goal of $3.7 million for the 2016-2017 school year.

For more than 30 years, LAEF has raised funds from parents and the community to provide enrichment programs and smaller class sizes for all nine schools in the Los Altos School District. Its annual grant for the new school year will support students from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade by maintaining its funding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; physical education; libraries; art; music; computer science; and a wider choice of junior-high electives. The foundation is also funding the district’s first instructional support teacher, dedicated to improving instruction, collaboration and learning across disciplines.

The annual grant allocation is based on input from LAEF’s annual parent survey and strategic discussions with the school district. In 2016, parents encouraged LAEF to continue funding current programs but noted their desire to better support teachers in implementing the new curriculum, leveraging best practices and staying at the forefront of education.

“LAEF is proud to continue funding engaging programs for our kids while also expanding our support of teachers, with an initial focus on sixth- through eighth-grade math,” said David Watson, chairman of LAEF’s Grantmaking Committee.

The foundation met its fundraising goal of $3.5 million for 2015-2016.

“I would like to thank all the parents, grandparents, community members and local businesses for giving to LAEF and investing in our local children’s education,” said Katherine Stephens, LAEF’s incoming board president. “We believe strong schools are the foundation of a thriving community.”

LAEF is now accepting donations for the 2016-2017 school year.  For more information, visit:


Train Days Roll In Again At History Museum

Posted on August 24, 2016 by  
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Train Days at LAHMThe Los Altos History Museum’s Train Days event is making its annual stop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

According to organizers, Train Days celebrates the joy and wonder of model railroading. Elaborate layouts, intricate scenery, scaled renditions of prototypes and whimsical engines and theme cars – complete with steam, lights and sound – will speed the rails. Visitors can explore the gauges and scales associated with model railroading as private collectors and clubs showcase their trains and field questions about the mechanics and electronics of their layouts and the history behind the locomotives and railroads that inspired them.

The event will also feature California Operation Lifesaver with education on proper rail safety and the U.S. National Park Service Trails & Rails Program, a glitter tattoo station, a train-themed marketplace and a variety of gourmet food trucks and carts.

“We’re pleased to bring visitors something new every year,” said event chairwoman Kristen Fuller. “This year we welcome the Golden Gate Toy Train Operators, who will display an interactive layout displaying vintage toy trains of three different gauges – S, O and HO – and invite visitors to control some of the switches and accessories.”

The museum sponsors the event to demonstrate the importance of trains to national and regional history. For more than 150 years, rail service has been transporting passengers along the Peninsula. In 1907, Southern Pacific put Los Altos on the map with its steam railway connecting Palo Alto to Los Gatos.

Admission is $5, free for children 4 and under. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Sold In Just 5 Days Near Downtown

Posted on August 18, 2016 by  
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Leksich - Front

628 Leksich Avenue, Mountain View 94041
Listed at $1,799,000 / Sold at $2,015,000
4 Beds / 2.5 Baths / Home: 2,183 / Lot: 5,014 sqft +/-
Single Family Detached
Representing: Seller


Library Cards Unlock Expensive Perks

Posted on August 17, 2016 by  
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BookmobileLos Altos Library patrons bagged a new perk last week when the Santa Clara County Library District added Rosetta Stone access for all of its users.

The digital language learning tool costs individual users $189 if they want to take a course in languages ranging from Spanish to Swahili and Arabic. But the libraries have used their collective institutional buying power to make it available to cardholders for free.

That’s one of the benefits that go beyond books at the library system, which has expanded its research and cultural services to stream everything from live classical music performances to coding lessons.

The library system’s virtual library – accessed through the website at – includes so many resources that it can be easy to miss items like the New York Times digital subscriber access ($195 per year) and free-to-patrons downloads of songs ranging from David Bowie’s classics to Adele’s latest album.

Students can log in and chat live with a free tutor across many subjects and grade levels using Brainfuse. livestreams concerts, operas and ballets from around the world and archives the performances on demand – right now, viewers can watch Agnes Letestu dancing Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” with the Corps de Ballet de l’Opera National de Paris.

The technology used to provide audiobook and e-book access has been sharply improving in recent years, as the library’s mobile app improves the process of logging in, checking out and handing off digital access to the apps that provide the content.

Finding all the services available to cardholders requires skimming through the “browse” and “research” sections of the library website. Lew highlighted a few resources worth picking out of the broad offerings:

• Freegal: Download MP3 files of everything from Sia to classical concertos. Limited to five tracks per week.

• Zinio: Download current digital editions of magazines ranging from The Economist to GQ and Newsweek. Children’s magazines include staples such as Highlights and Cricket.

• Safari: Access digital editions of science and engineering texts from “Hadoop: The Definitive Guide” to the “The Art of Game Design.” Safari includes the prolific O’Reilly series.

• Treehouse and Universal Class: Both sites offer online learning ranging from babysitting 101 to Adobe Photoshop and accounting. Online video courses at Treehouse feature interactive lessons in coding and web development.

• Newspapers: The library provides digital log-ins to newspapers including The New York Times and The Mercury News, as well as a database of international periodicals, with a particularly popular collection of 800 Chinese journals via Dragonsource.

To browse the collections and for more information, visit:


Cal Water Eases Water Restrictions

Posted on August 10, 2016 by  
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Brown is the new greenCalifornia Water Service customers in the Los Altos District now have a water conservation target of 20 percent in the wake of an interim water-use reduction requirement implemented last month.

The Los Altos District aligned with its wholesale water supplier and other regional suppliers to set the target. The district previously had a 32 percent reduction requirement established by the state Water Resources Control Board.

The changes are expected to remain in place until the board issues its framework for permanent conservation standards in early 2017. The move follows a recent decision by the board to allow water suppliers to set their own short-term reduction requirements based on local water supply conditions.

Customers’ conservation targets continue to be based on 2013 use and will appear on their bills. Cal Water will suspend surcharges for all customers, at least temporarily.

“Although we received more rain this year, many parts of the state continue to experience severe drought conditions,” said Ron Richardson, Los Altos District manager for Cal Water. “And while we have adequate short-term water supplies, it is our responsibility to ensure that we have enough water to meet long-term needs and permanent conservation standards expected in the future.”

Prohibited uses of water, water-waste violations and irrigation schedules will remain in effect.

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Southgate Neighborhood Charmer

Posted on August 1, 2016 by  
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1534 Madrono Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306
3 Bed / 2 Baths / Home: 1,568 sqft / Lot Size: 5,775 sqft +/-
Single Family Detached – Leased