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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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Making predictions is losers

When the Federal Reserve trimmed its aggressive bond-buying program last month, it determined the way stocks should go in the near future.

When Fed officials suggested that the key interest rate would stay near rock bottom longer than promised, it proved a plus for the economy and the labor market.

Making stock market predictions is a game for losers because the market forges its own direction and change is the one constant for investors.

Many top Wall Street analysts see a sense of normalcy returning to the financial markets in 2014. As the Fed reduces its monthly bond buying, interest rates will edge higher. Fed officials said they would consider a plan to raise short-term rates once unemployment drops to 6.5 percent from the current 7 percent.

Inflation is expected to remain low, with a 1.7 percent increase forecast for the Consumer Price Index in 2014. The Fed’s inflation projection is 2 percent, which could change the investment climate.

As interest rates begin to climb, it becomes important to avoid utilities, financials and telecom stocks.

In 2014, investors concerned about a correction will bail out of stocks at the first sign of trouble, and the bears will start a downward price trend.

The bulls, meanwhile, are sitting on the fence and will respond to the market moves and put more money into stocks, driving prices higher.

The coming year will be the year for volatility, and astute investors should play the game without becoming frustrated with daily up-and-down prices.

A Town Crier “50” stock recently made headlines.

LSI Corp. (LSI; $10.99), the San Jose-based maker of storage chips used in data centers and flash drives, agreed to be sold to Avago Technologies Ltd. last month.

The Singapore-based Avago paid $6.6 billion in cash. Both boards have agreed to the transaction, scheduled to close in the the next few months. The purchase price amounted to $11.15 per LSI share.

LSI President and CEO Abhi Talwalkar said the deal provides “immediate value to our stockholders and offers new growth opportunities for our employees to develop a wider range of leading-edge solutions for customers.”

LSI, founded in 1981, has approximately 5,000 employees and annual sales in the $2.5 billion range.

The LSI acquisition is the second transaction of its kind in the industry. Earlier in 2013, Applied Materials Inc. purchased Tokyo Electron Ltd.

Analysts foresee more chipmakers in Silicon Valley consolidating their operations. Sergis Mushell of research firm Gartner Inc. said he thought that LSI had been looking for a buyer for some time.

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

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