Kepler’s Books is under new ownership and has re-opened with a nonprofit arm as it tries to compete with online bookselling giants like Amazon.com. Other independent stores are also experimenting.
Electric and hybrid cars remain more expensive than their gasoline counterparts, but this year, governments and corporations are working to make alternative fuel vehicles more popular and easier to own.
New hybrid buses are gradually hitting the streets of Peninsula communities. Hybrid buses will join line 35, which serves Palo Alto, Mountain View and Stanford, by the end of January.