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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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