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Light Up The Night – October 11, 2018 Special Event


Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence is a cause near and dear to my heart.  Next Door Solutions To Domestic Violence seeks to end domestic violence In the moment…and for all time.  Next Door Solutions’ programs and services are free-of-charge and designed to empower victims and their families. With a short-term goal to provide safety and a long-term aim to prevent abuse, Next Door Solutions’ programs and services include the following:  Housing Solutions, Crisis & Community Support, Self Sufficiency and Support Groups & Kids Club.

I hope you’ll join us on October 11th to support this incredible organization at the Light Up the Night Event at the Jewish Community Center in Los Gatos.  Proceeds will benefit all of their amazing programs and services.

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About Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence

Domestic violence crosses all socio-economic, ethnic and religious boundaries and affects every part of the lives damaged by it.

Although the problem is complex, Next Door Solutions believes the solutions must be client-centered, community based, and engage diverse groups of community leaders, volunteers, donors, advocates and clients in order to create real solutions that eradicate domestic violence for good.

We believe in peace and social justice for all and operates every day knowing that peace in the community begins with peace in the home.

We provide innovative prevention and intervention services to all families in Santa Clara County.

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Track the latest and greatest developments San Jose.  When the Crane Watch launched last year, it started with 30 projects.  The list continues to grow and includes over 90 developments now.  More and more commuters want to live closer to the biggest city in the Bay Area.  Real Estate prices continue to sore in San Jose.  NOW is the time to sell in San Jose!



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California Coastal Commission announces Winners of 2018 Coastal Art & Poetry Contest

The California Coastal Commission has a rich history of protecting and enhancing California’s coastline.  For 20 years, the CCC has been celebrating artwork and poetry from California’s children and they just announced the winners of the 2018 Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.  Students throughout the state from Kindergarten to 12th grade participated.  All art and poetry had a California coastal or marine theme.  View the 2018 Coastal Art & Poetry Contest online and on exhibit at the following locations during 2018:



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Empty homes a California rarity as vacancies at 13-year low


From Hollywood dreams to Silicon Valley start-ups; from Napa Valley vineyards to miles of free beaches, California is one of the most beautiful and livable places in America. Whether you’re climbing the corporate ladder or El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, The Golden State is the place for you. One challenge folks shopping for California housing face is the rarity of a vacant home.

The U.S. Census Bureau tracking of the empty-but-owned homes found that 1 percent of ownership residences were vacant in California in 2017, the lowest since 2004 and the fifth-lowest rate nationally. That tied the statewide rate for 2016, which was No. 4 among the states.

California’s vacancy rate tied Massachusetts. Vacancies were only lower in Colorado, Rhode Island, Washington and Michigan. By the way, 1.6 percent of homes across the U.S. were vacant last year, down from 1.7 percent in 2016 and the lowest rate since 2000.

Owned homes go vacant for many reasons, but a common one is the time it takes to sell a home. Another cause: bank repossessions.

It wasn’t too long ago — in 2008 amid the housing market’s bubble bursting and foreclosure explosion — that California was among the states with high vacancy levels: 3.1 percent. Only 10 states were higher.

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Santa Clara County Begins 2016 Measure B Improvements

While we live in an amazing part of the state, many of us are concerned with growth and traffic from new developments and big company moves. Here is how our tax dollars are being put to work with measure B:

Despite 2016 Santa Clara County Measure B sales tax revenue being held up because of a legal challenge, the County is moving forward on improvements to Foothill Expressway at El Monte and San Antonio Road. Los Altos has already committed $400,000 in design-phase funding for improvements to this project.

Residents and regulator visitors to Los Altos will see the expressway widened from four lanes to six, and see extended turn lanes around these intersections. Signal timing will also be installed to improve the flow of traffic. The County has been presenting the plans for these improvements to various organizations, including the Complete Streets Commission in Los Altos.

2016 Measure B is a 30-year, half-cent countywide sales tax to enhance transit, highways, expressways and active transportation (bicycles, pedestrians and complete streets). Despite its passage by nearly 72 percent of voters, the highest level of support for any Santa Clara County transportation tax, a lawsuit is challenging its validity. The measure is anticipated to generate $6.3 billion (in 2017 dollars) over the next 30 years. Collection of the tax began in April 2017.

Measure B Expressway Improvements


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FEATURED LISTING: 14563 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA


Amazing opportunity to own this custom built home in the Platinum Triangle area of Saratoga!!!

BROKER TOUR | Wednesday, February 13th, 9:30am – 12:30pm (Catered)

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Situated on a private, gated flag lot close to commute routes, the Village of Saratoga and highly rated schools is this tranquil estate. Flexible floor plan with spacious rooms that open to an outdoor retreat -perfect for large gatherings. Updated and located on a fully landscaped acre with pool, spa, tennis court, guest cabana with full bath and storage, koi pond, waterfall, fruit & nut orchard, greenhouse and more. The gourmet kitchen has granite counters, Wolf and SubZero appliances and breakfast area overlooking the pool. This treasure has hardwood floors, custom millwork, 5 bedrooms and 4 full baths, formal dining, living and family room and enormous master suite with fireplace, sitting area and french doors to the rear grounds. California Living at its best!!!!


Listed Days Back: 1
Original List Price: $4,449,000
DOM: 1
Type: Single Family Home
Status: Active
List Date: 02/12/2018
Area: 017 – Saratoga
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms Full: 4
Approx. Sq. Ft.: 4578
Price per sq. ft.: $971
Approx. Lot Size: 48,590sq. ft.
Year Built: 1985
MLS#: 81692186
Price: $4,449,000
Original List Date: 02/12/2018