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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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Dow drops HP, Alcoa and BofA

After the stock market closes Friday, the Dow Jones industrial average index of 30 stocks will drop Hewlett-Packard Co. and two other financial mainstays – Alcoa Inc. and Bank of America Corp.

News of the change raises questions among the followers of the Dow and McGraw Hill Financial, which controls the average. McGraw Hill representatives claim that they want to diversify the sectors in the index. The three replacement stocks are Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Visa Inc. and Nike Inc.

The reason is more likely that the stock prices of HP, Alcoa and Bank of America remain low, and the Dow would rather comprise higher-priced winners.

The average divisor will be adjusted before the market opens Monday, so the changes won’t impact the level of the Dow the same as when a stock splits or a spin-off occurs.

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

• Apple Inc. (AAPL; $450.36) unveiled its high-end iPhone 5s and the cheaper, more colorful iPhone 5c, putting an end to the secrecy. Company representatives said the iPhone 5s is twice as fast as the iPhone 5, with an improved camera, a new microchip and a finger sensor.

Apple’s stock plunged during the company’s rollout last week. Analysts suggested that consumers expected more, including stepped-up features not found in other phones.

Analysts are not impressed with Apple’s new iPhone lineup. One analyst cut the stock’s target price to $425 and trimmed the 2014 earnings estimate to $37.95 per share, down from $38.78.

A recent CNET poll revealed that 54 percent of respondents consider Apple a leading innovator, while 46 percent see it falling behind.

The lack of a deal to sell iPhones through China Mobile to more than 700 million subscribers also weighed on Apple shares. If Apple seals a deal with China Mobile, investors and analysts will likely push the stock again.

Apple’s stock is down 14 percent year-to-date and 31 percent over the past 12 months.

The median target price for Apple stock is $540, with a high of $825 – a large disparity. The upgrade and downgrade history is mixed, with most analysts favoring a hold or a neutral position.

• Facebook Inc. (FB; $43.32) stock is now more than $45 per share, marking its all-time high and up 17 percent since its initial public offering at $38 in July 2012.

Investors believe that the social-networking service will benefit from the growing demand for advertising on smartphones and tablets. With more than 1 billion members, Facebook has worked to simplify the ad-buying process for marketers.

Mobile ads totaled 41 percent of advertising revenue in the second quarter, up from 30 percent in the first quarter. While there is a growing acceptance that Facebook is not a fad, the company must continue to drive business from desktop ads to smartphones and tablets.

Second-quarter sales rose 53 percent to $1.81 billion, topping analysts’ prediction of $1.62 billion.

Whereas most analysts previously suggested a downgrade for Facebook stock, they have changed their tune in the past three months, upgrading it to a buy or neutral. The mean target price is $42, with a high of $60.

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