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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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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

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also add ...

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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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