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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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Stocks slump after record high

After hitting a record high Jan. 15, the stock market headed lower on the heels of disappointing earnings reports from numerous corporations, several banks falling short of analysts’ expectations and a Goldman Sachs warning about rising stock market valuations.

It’s hard to determine what investors are doing with their stocks, because the advance-decline lines reflect a market moving sideways in 2014.

The weak start in the new year has raised concerns in some quarters about the market’s failure to hold the day’s results during the strong time of year – the volatility is worrisome. A few disappointing quarterly reports could lead to serious selling of individual portfolios.

Not many investors are panicking, but the slow start in January is prompting questions about whether this is the beginning of a long-awaited 10 percent correction, which hasn’t occurred since summer 2011.

According to an investment strategist at R.W. Baird & Co., “The loss of momentum in the opening weeks of 2014 can be explained by the fact that stocks entered January overbought and overbelieved, and, therefore, vulnerable to a changing environment.”

Even with the ups and downs, it’s the stock market’s best year since 1997, and investors may wonder which way to go in the future.

Money magazine recommended, “In 2014, think cash,” but not all analysts agree. The outlook for the stock market is positive and supported by moderately improving economic conditions and corporate earnings growth.

The best approach is to maintain a long-term view and consider adding stocks to your portfolio if they are appropriate to your mix of investments. The beginning of the year is the ideal time to review your long-term investment goals.

A major player on the Town Crier “50” made news last week.

Apple Inc. (AAPL; $554.25) continues to gain sales in the enterprise market. The company is projected to take 11 percent of global spending by governments and business on computers and tablets by 2015. Research firm Forrester Research reported that the number is up from 8 percent in 2012 and 1 percent in 2009 but does not include iPhone sales.

China Mobile revealed that the iPhone preorders that began Dec. 25 have topped 1.2 million for the 5c and 5s models.

“This is a watershed day for Apple,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a joint interview with China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua. “I’m so honored to be doing business with Chairman Xi and China Mobile.”

Apple built a base of support during the course of 2013 and is still trending positive. Several analysts project the stock to reach $600 a share, perhaps even $630, noting that the 50-day moving average exceeds the 200-day moving average.

For the first quarter of 2014, Apple provided guidance of revenue between $55 billion and $58 billion, a gross margin between 36.5 and 37.5 percent and expenses between $4.4 billion and $4.5 billion.

Investors are looking for a new product from Apple in 2014. Without a new product, the stock price will drop, as it has in previous years.

Among the 49 brokers touting Apple stock, most deem it a strong buy or a buy, with only one recommending a sell. The stock’s high target price is $777, with a low of $270.

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

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