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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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Stock market soars to record high

The stock market set new highs every day last week, and there shouldn’t be any speed bumps in the near term.

Declining unemployment is a big sign of improvement in the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, its lowest level since 2008, and the economy added 236,000 jobs.

The Dow hit a record high of 14,165 Oct. 9, 2007, but the market lost more than half its value within 15 months. Worries remain as the March 27 deadline looms – current funding for the federal government expires, raising the specter of another shutdown battle.

Investors have been buying into the market during this week’s rally. The recovering economy and loose monetary policy by central banks around the world have pushed U.S. stocks higher this year. With the market firmly in bullish territory and economic drivers pointing upward, experts advise investors to keep 95 to 98 percent of their equity positions in the market.

Two Town Crier “50” stocks in the news:

• Yahoo Inc. (YHOO; $22.70) gave President and CEO Marissa Mayer a $1.1 million bonus in addition to her $1.1 million salary and stock compensation worth $56 million.

The board and investors rewarded Mayer for the company’s stock performance during her first five months at the helm – the stock rose from $16.54 to $22.90, a 46 percent gain. The company has hired six CEOs in five years, and most have looked outward. Mayer has concentrated on fixing internal problems.

She recently put an end to Yahoo’s work-from-home option. Approximately 200 employees worked from home, leaving empty cubicles and parking spaces at the company’s Sunnyvale headquarters. Mayer wanted workers in the office.

Since Mayer took the reins, analysts have begun to jump on the Yahoo bandwagon, with numerous analysts upgrading the stock from a hold to a buy.

• Rambus Inc. (RMBS; $5.66) has transferred a portfolio of patent assets covering display technologies to a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corp.

Rambus received an initial upfront payment and is expected to receive subsequent payments.

“The transaction enables Rambus to deliver value to our shareholders while we focus our resources and investments in other areas,” said Ronald Black, Rambus president and CEO.

The Sunnyvale-based company, founded in 1990, engages in the creation, design, development and licensing of patented innovations, technologies and architecture to digital electronic products.

Rambus’ share price has ranged between a high of $150 in 2000 to a low of $3 in 2002, with a 4:1 split in June 2000. The share price in 2010 fluctuated between $20 and $24, giving the firm a market capitalization value of $2.5 billion.

The company has lived with continuous lawsuits that determine the market price. In the past 52 weeks, the stock price has ranged between $3.78 and $6.96.

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