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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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Market keeps springing back

Federal Reserve chair nominee Janet Yellen indicated in a U.S. Senate hearing Thursday that she would continue to support the economy through stimulus measures. The Fed’s bond-buying program has helped spur the stock market by pumping it with extra cash. By Friday, the market was moving toward 16,000.

The stock market continues to defy gravity as the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 hit record-setting new highs. With corporate earnings season soon coming to a close, investors’ attention will turn to other issues.

Those issues continue to be the renewed budget and debt-ceiling battles in Washington. Given that stocks have not experienced anything larger than a 6 percent correction this year, the possibility of a more protracted decline exists. With the S&P 500 index up 23 percent this year, there has been concern that valuations are getting stretched.

The fact remains that expectations for a significant correction are widespread, but the trend is still bullish, even though many astute investors are neither buying nor selling.

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

• Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO; $21.50) tumbled early Thursday after analysts and investors reviewed Cisco’s earnings report, which missed Wall Street estimates. The company reported that it earned 37 cents per share on sales of $12.1 billion for the fiscal quarter that ended Oct. 26. Analysts had expected 41 cents per share on $12.36 billion.

Management blamed a number of factors, including the government shutdown and expenses associated with recent layoffs, while CEO John Chambers said in a conference call with analysts that the company received $600 million to $700 million fewer orders than anticipated. The impact on the federal business was approximately $50 million.

In other news, Cisco agreed to pay up to $863 million for the remaining stake of Insieme Networks, which makes data-center technology. Management also increased its share-repurchase program by $15 billion, which equates to roughly 12 percent of the outstanding stock.

The San Jose-based firm is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate.

“While our revenue growth was below our expectation, we remain confident in our long-term goal to be the No. 1 IT company in the world,” Chambers said.

Numerous analysts are dropping Cisco from their buy lists. While the downgrade is disappointing, Cisco’s valuation and yield keep it on the long-term buy list of some analysts. Deutsche Bank has downgraded Cisco from a buy to a hold.

Thirty-four brokers have projected a high target price of $32, with a low price of $16.

• Intel Corp (INTC; $24.66) last week acquired Kno Inc., an education software company that offers e-textbooks for interactive devices like computers and tablets. The move represents Intel’s expansion into mobile devices and provides good publicity.

Intel will introduce its pop-up stores, with the first launching in New York this week. The stores will remain open through the shopping season and close in late January.

Based in Santa Clara, Intel designs, manufacturers and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. It offers microprocessors that process system data and control other devices in the system.

Intel’s latest report revealed revenue of $52.35 billion, with a gross profit of $33.15 billion, total cash of $19.22 billion and book value per share at $11.15.

Intel provides a 3.7 percent yield for share dividends. While there is concern that Intel’s growth is slowing along with PC sales, analysts expect profits to rise 12 percent annually over the next five years because the mobile market relies on its servers and chips. Nov. 4 was the ex-date for a dividend payment of $0.225.

The mean target price for Intel stock is $23.73, with a high of $30.

Clyde Noel is a Los Altos Hills resident and longtime investor in stocks.

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