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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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This stock sell-off is an opportunity

Investors sent the stock market into a panic last week, selling their stocks after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke reported that free money and high liquidity are about to come to an end. Bernanke indicated that if economic data continue to improve, the Fed will begin pulling back on its $85 billion per month buying program, with plans to wrap it up entirely next year.

The Fed assumes that the economy is gaining strength and that the future outlook for stocks is inviting. Investors should consider the sell-off an opportunity to buy high-quality stocks that are leaders in their class, because the turbulence won’t last.

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

• Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE; $43.94) reported second-quarter profits that exceeded analysts’ estimates. Subscribers continue to sign up for Adobe’s cloud computing services, with the company adding 221,000 Creative Cloud subscribers last quarter for a total of 700,000.

Adobe forecast sales of $975 million to $1.03 billion and earnings of 29-35 cents a share for the current fiscal quarter.

According to company officials, 12.8 million customers are using Adobe’s desktop products, 8.4 million via suites that bundle programs and 4.4 million via individual tools. While Adobe predicts 4 million subscribers for its cloud service by the end of 2015, there is a potential market of 8 million creative professionals for the programs.

Adobe faces a fearsome competitor for cloud computing services in Oracle Corp., but many analysts are upgrading Adobe stock because of the potential for a billion-dollar recurring revenue stream. The mean target price for Adobe stock is $47.67 per share, with a high target of $58.

• Apple Inc. (AAPL; $403.18) officials announced last week that the company signed a contract with the Los Angeles Board of Education to provide iPads to every student on 47 campuses beginning in the fall – a $30 million commitment. The board voted unanimously to supply the iPads.

“The iPad rated the best in quality, was the least-expensive option and received the highest scoring by a review panel that included students and teachers,” said Jamie Aquino, the Los Angeles Unified School District’s superintendent of instruction.

Apple is expected to roll out new models in the fall, including the iPhone5S with new fingerprint technology and larger screens as well as a cheaper version in five to six colors to differentiate it from the more expensive models. The cheaper model is necessary to compete in China and India.

In its latest earnings report, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the company would expand its share buyback program from $10 billion to $60 billion. Cook also reported a 15 percent increase in Apple’s dividend, bringing the quarterly payout to $3.05.

Apple’s revenue growth has declined from the plush days of 2010, when the company’s fortunes rode high on the sales of iPads and iPhones and its share price topped $700.

Today, just 75 percent of the 68 analysts covering Apple consider the stock a buy, with most concerned about the e-book price-fixing scandal and/or the U.S. International Trade Commission’s ruling that Apple violated Samsung patents.

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