Ellen and Alan

They say you shouldn’t make major life decisions for at least six months after a traumatic event. Yet there we were at an open house in Los Gatos, considering buying a new home just one month after a fire swept through the Santa Cruz Mountains and burned our house to the ground. Two days later we…

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Scott and Debbie

A long, long time ago, when I was a senior at Los Gatos High School, I took an art class. On the first day I told the teacher that I expected to fail because I couldn’t draw. Mr. Downs laughed and assured me that I would do just fine. He was right. That year I…

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Anna

After owning a duplex in Cupertino for over 30 years, Anna had achieved what every investor aims for: steady income from an investment property that she owned free and clear. But Anna had moved to Sonoma County and was ready to retire, and her retirement plan didn’t include being a landlord in Cupertino. Although the…

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Shirley

Knowing her husband was going to die did not make losing him any easier.  The moment Dick’s battle with cancer finally ended, Shirley came face to face with the stark reality that her best friend and husband were gone forever.  And yet, in her moment of grief, sorrow and loneliness, there were mounting responsibilities awaiting…

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Trisha

A client introduced me to Trisha because she needed more than just a “for sale” sign in the yard and a lockbox on the door – she needed real help.  Even though her home was worth a great deal and she owed relatively little, she could no longer afford to live in it.  At a…

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Los Gatos Swearing-In Ceremony

My wife and I took our children to the Los Gatos Town Council Meeting this week to see our friend Marico Sayoc be sworn in to her first term as newly elected Councilwoman for the Los Gatos Town Council.  Also sworn in were Rob Rennie who was also elected to his first term and Steve Leonardis returning for his second term). I say that…

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Collaboration with Los Gatos Ballet

This week we ran a “collaboration ad” in the local Los Gatos Weekly newspaper highlighting the fact that right here in little ol’ Los Gatos we have our very own premiere ballet school, Los Gatos Ballet. The timing for this was very intentional in that we were also able to bring attention to their upcoming production of The Nutcracker running…

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Forget About Math and Science. . .

Dodgeball is where its at! The Dodgeball Tournament at Fisher Middle School today was truly inspired! In a world where all the talk about “good schools” revolves primarily around, math, science, college preparation and API Scores, today’s dodgeball tournament offered something we don’t see that often anymore – something indescribably senseless and fun. Food was served while…

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

In 1914 Robert Frost published Mending Wall, a remarkably complex poem about a seemingly simple subject matter – 2 neighbors and a fence. There is one line from this poem that has become a ubiquitous sound bite today, “good fences make good neighbors”.  Thanks to California Civil Code Section 841 we now have specific guidelines regarding how to…

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Unpopular Music in Los Gatos

Throughout each year, right here in little ol’ Los Gatos, there are abundant opportunities to go out and hear high quality live music.  Two of the more popular concert series are Jazz on the Plazz which has been brining world renowned jazz music to the Los Gatos Town Plaza for over a decade and Los Gatos Music in the Park which is heading into its…

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