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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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A good time for a market review

With less than two weeks left in the current year, you are likely to hear many conflicting opinions for stock market prospects in 2014.

The old adage “buy low and sell high” doesn’t mean to invest in poorly performing shares because they are low and should increase in 2014. Forecasting is futile.

At current levels, stocks are not in bubble territory, but keep an eye on the averages, as they often signal that a change is in the works.

Bears feel that the Federal Reserve’s stimulus policy will come to a slow halt and put pressure on stocks. Other investors believe that scenario played itself out when the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 129.60 points Dec. 11 and opened down Thursday.

The bulls are not leaving us, and we are keeping our portfolio 95 percent intact. On the other hand, numerous investors are selling their stocks and taking profits, hoping to buy them back at a lower price.

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

• Rambus Inc. (RMBS; $9.54) shares climbed sharply last week after settling a patent dispute with Micron Technology, which will pay Rambus as much as $280 million over seven years to license Rambus patents. Formerly based in Los Altos but now located in Sunnyvale, Rambus will receive quarterly payments as high as $10 million for the life of the agreement.

Rambus stock is now up 77 percent for the year.

In June, Rambus settled a suit with SK Hynix for $240 million and signed a lease agreement with STMicroelectronics to close out a lengthy court battle.

The company has had legal problems for years over patent licensing, and the subsequent court battles drove investors away from the stock.

Most analysts deem the stock a hold, even after the strength of the settlements. The last time analysts issued the stock an upgrade to buy was in 2006.

Analysts’ median and high target price for Rambus stock is $13, with a low of $6.50. There is no dividend for stockholders.

• Apple Inc. (AAPL; $554.68) is scrambling to halt the market-share erosion of its tablet, which dropped from 40 percent to 30 percent sold in the previous year. Smartphones dropped from 14 percent to 13 percent.

Against that backdrop, Apple has quietly begun selling its iPad with retina display at its retail stores. The gradual rollout could be due to supply constraints, and analysts expect the device to become widely available during the holiday season.

In other news, the Cupertino-based firm agreed to pay $350 million for PrimeSense Ltd., an Israeli company that made gesture-recognition technology for Microsoft.

A U.S. jury awarded Apple $290 million in the retrial of a patent lawsuit against Samsung. Apple asked for $380 million.

Numerous analysts call Apple stock a strong buy in both the short and long term, with several analysts indicating an outperform position. The high target price for Apple stock is $777, with a median of $600. The yield on Apple stock is 2.30 percent.

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