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Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers

Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers


MEGAN V. WINSLOW/Town Crier
The escalator at the Safeway on First Street poses a safety hazard, some customers allege.

A Safeway shopper who accidentally placed his cart last month on the customer escalator instead of the shopping cart track next to...

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Schools

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week


Above Photo by Traci Newell/Town Crier;
Author Jack Andraka shares his story with fellow high school seniors during Los Altos High School’s Writers Week last week.

Los Altos High School students learned firsthand last week how professionals ...

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Community

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Charles Viajar, student and U.S. Navy veteran, brings his four-legged companion Bruno to the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College. Bruno, a 2-year-old Imperial Shih Tzu, is trained to assist Viajar with...

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Sports

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Daisha Abdelkader goes on a fast break in the CCS Division II final. The senior point guard scored eight points in the Lancers’ NorCal semifinal loss to Dublin last week.

Senior Daisha Abdel...

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Comment

We'll buy it; what is it? Editorial

Would you buy a device on the condition that you are kept in the dark about how it works? Would you feel good about purchasing such a device when the contract even calls for nondisclosure of the nondisclosure form that keeps the device top secret?

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Special Sections

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Sara Weber and Victor Martina’s Los Altos Hills home features brick from a 100-year-old building in San Jose artistically combined with stucco to evoke a centuries-old feel. The lanai in the backyard adds a touch o...

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Business

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Vintage Bath, the downtown Los Altos showroom, is under new leadership. Taking over are, from left, co-owners Jerry Rudick and Deena Castello and marketing and visual director Alissa McDonald.

Deena Castello – the new cu...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

1944-2014

Beverley McChesney passed away at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA on Sunday, Nov. 16. She had been fighting cancer for about 23 years until it went into her lungs.

She is survived by her husband David, of Cloverdale; her sisters...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill


Courtesy of Cal Pops
The Cal Pops trumpet section includes Dean Boysen, from left, Bob Runnels and Noel Weidkamp.

The California Pops Orchestra is scheduled to perform “Swing Time!” – a musical tour of Big Band hits from the 1930...

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Spiritual Life

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling



Kirk Perry, Google Inc. president of brand solutions, discusses his faith at the March 13 Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast. Alicia Castro/Town Crier

When God calls, you have to listen to reap the benefits.

That was the moral of the story for t...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Business Briefs

Rambus Inc. reports third-quarter revenues

Rambus Inc. recently reported third-quarter revenues of $31.7 million, down 18 percent from the second quarter, primarily due to lower patent royalty revenue, but up 14 percent from the same quarter last year, attributed to agreements signed with Samsung during the first quarter of 2010. Year-to-date revenue for the nine months that ended Sept. 30 totaled $232.5 million, up 183 percent over the same period last year.

“Revenue for the quarter was down sequentially, as anticipated patent license renewals did not complete by quarter end, however, those negotiations are active and proceeding well,” Rambis President and CEO Harold Hughes said. “During the quarter, we did sign a patent license agreement with Nvidia for certain memory controller patents on a going-forward basis and expect to receive the first payment in November.”

Total operating costs and expenses for the third quarter of 2010 were $43.2 million, which included a $10.3 million gain related to the Samsung settlement, $7.5 million of stock-based compensation expenses and $1.2 million for previous stock-based compensation restatement and related legal expenses. Year-to-date expenses through Sept. 30 were $48.5 million, which included a $116.5 million gain related to the Samsung settlement, $23.2 million of stock-based compensation expenses and $3.4 million for previous stock-based compensation restatement and related legal expenses.

For more information, visit www.rambus.com.

Housing market rallies in September

The National Association of Realtors reported that existing-home sales, which include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, jumped 10 percent from August to an annual rate of 4.53 million in September but remained 19 percent below the pace in September 2009, when first-time buyers were ramping up in advance of the initial deadline for the tax credit last November. Single-family home sales alone increased 10 percent from August but were 19.5 percent below the September 2009 pace.

Sales of single-family detached homes in California saw their second consecutive monthly gain, according to the California Association of Realtors. Statewide home resale activity rose 3.8 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted rate of 466,580, up from August’s 449,290. The September pace was down 12.2 percent from the same time last year.

The local picture shows sales of single-family detached homes Santa Clara County down 3.7 percent in September from the previous month and down 22.2 percent from the same time last year, although Cupertino, Los Gatos, Menlo Park and Sunnyvale saw increases in single-family home sales from August, according to MLSListings Inc.

Nationwide, the median existing single-family home price was $172,600 in September, down 1.9 percent from a year ago. In California, the median price of an existing, single-family detached home was $309,900, up 4.5 percent from the $296,610 median price for the same period a year ago.

In Santa Clara County, the median price dropped slightly by 2.1 percent to $620,000, though it is up 12 percent from the same time last year. Los Altos had a median price of $1.56 million.

Rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage are hovering around 4.4 percent, though worry over the job market prevails, which ultimately affects not only the housing market, but the entire economy, according to Jeff Bell, president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors.

“Of course, jobs must return to the market for many Americans to even consider homeownership,” Bell said. “But buyers who have reviewed their finances and believe they are in a secure position to become homeowners have an opportunity to take advantage of affordability conditions in today’s market.”

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