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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


courtesy of
Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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Rising market tide lifts all boats

Investors have enjoyed an incredible market run, with the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones industrial average rocketing to new highs on a broad rally that resembles a rising tide that lifts all boats. As of Friday, bullish investors were happy, largely thanks to the Federal Reserve’s unexpected decision to continue its stimulus program.

The outlook isn’t totally rosy, though, as Republicans play hardball with threats of an imminent government shutdown. With decisions on the Affordable Care Act, the budget and the debt ceiling looming, the market is likely to react with uncertainty in coming weeks.

Given the record rallies, however, investors should maintain a nearly full posture, looking for stocks with established value.

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

• Oracle Corp. (ORCL; $34.09) reported first-quarter earnings of $2.19 billion, beating expectations and topping the previous year’s first-quarter earnings by 8 percent.

Revenues of $8.37 billion resulted in a profit of 47 cents per share. The results exceeded the expectations of numerous analysts, who had anticipated 44 cents per share.

The Redwood City-based company faces reduced global demand for information technology and must battle smaller companies that provide software online. Oracle’s software licenses and cloud subscriptions rose 5 percent, but its hardware sales fell 13 percent year-over-year.

Oracle’s days as a tech behemoth may be in the past, as cloud computing continues to take a large bite out of the old-style firms.

Oracle’s recent upgrade and downgrade history is favorable, with numerous analysts rating its stock an outperform or a buy. The median target price is $36, with a high of $43.

• Electronic Arts Inc. (EA; $26.44) last week appointed Andrew Wilson its new CEO. He has been with Electronic Arts since 2000 and served as executive vice president of EA Sports since 2011.

The move comes six months after former CEO John Riccitiello resigned after six years as CEO and COO. In his resignation letter, he cited “the shortcomings in our financial results this year.”

In a letter posted on the company’s website, Wilson said he envisions Electronic Arts as the “world’s greatest games company” but added that “we have plenty of work ahead to ensure our collective success.”

Wilson will receive an annual base salary of $800,000, with a target bonus of $1.2 million, or 150 percent of his salary.

Electronic Arts’ upgrade and downgrade history has taken a positive turn, with analysts’ lately deeming its stock a buy or accumulate. The mean target price is $28, with a high of $31.

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