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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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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

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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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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Investors approve of latest Fed action

Stocks have rebounded on encouraging economic news, bringing indexes to new highs and the Dow Jones industrial and transportation averages within 2 percent of their May highs. Along with improving labor statistics and the Federal Reserve’s decision to continue buying bonds and keep interest rates low, the news confirms a bullish trend for the market.

Job growth alone won’t support increased stock prices, but in the long run, it helps boost U.S. corporate profits. Moves above all-time Dow industrial average highs of 15,409.39 will confirm a bullish primary trend.

At an economic conference last week, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke explained how the central bank views the economy, emphasizing that the economy must accommodate monetary policy for the “foreseeable future.”

With bond yields rising slightly and bond-fund investors suffering losses, those in the bullish camp argue that money will continue to rotate from bonds to stocks.

Stock market volatility has accelerated in July, and further weakness is possible in the near term, despite the encouraging primary trend. However, secondary corrections are necessary evils in a bull market.

The bottom line for this week reveals that the recent market volatility has troubled many investors, because stocks have done nothing unexpected when it comes to a pullback relative to historical corrections and positive moves by the Fed.

Bernanke said the Fed might begin to curb its massive bond-buying program later this year and halt the practice completely by the middle of 2014 if the unemployment rate reaches 6.5 percent.

Two Town Crier “50” stocks made headlines last week.

• Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO; $25.93) has reported higher sales in 14 consecutive quarters. In the past 12 months, the company’s per-share profits rose 13 percent, while its competitors’ decreased 9 percent. The world’s largest supplier of networking equipment, Cisco’s results closely correlate to the performance of the global economy.

Cisco in June introduced a new router capable of handling four times more network traffic than previous incarnations, an upgrade that could generate $2 billion over the next two years.

Even as Cisco expands into higher-growth markets such as cloud computing, it still sticks to what it does best.

Many brokerage houses rate Cisco stock as a focus or long-term buy. Investors should consider purchasing shares – stock has proven resilient during the market’s recent volatility, offers growth potential and yields an annual dividend of 2.8 percent.

• Oracle Corp. (ORCL; $31.98) stock has traded on the Nasdaq exchange since 1986, but effective July 15, the company began trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The company will retain its ticker symbol as it transfers to the NYSE.

Oracle reported soft April-quarter results, with shares slumping and the new dividend hike failing to impress investors. Earnings-per-share increased 5 percent to 87 cents, matching the consensus, while sales held flat at $10.95 billion. New software licenses and subscriptions for cloud software rose 4 percent, offsetting a decline in hardware products and support.

For the July quarter, Oracle expects sales of new licenses and subscriptions to be flat or to increase to 8 percent. The company doubled its quarterly dividend to 12 cents, payable Aug. 2. The yield is 0.8 percent per share.

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