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Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers

Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers


MEGAN V. WINSLOW/Town Crier
The escalator at the Safeway on First Street poses a safety hazard, some customers allege.

A Safeway shopper who accidentally placed his cart last month on the customer escalator instead of the shopping cart track next to...

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Schools

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week


Above Photo by Traci Newell/Town Crier;
Author Jack Andraka shares his story with fellow high school seniors during Los Altos High School’s Writers Week last week.

Los Altos High School students learned firsthand last week how professionals ...

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Community

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Charles Viajar, student and U.S. Navy veteran, brings his four-legged companion Bruno to the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College. Bruno, a 2-year-old Imperial Shih Tzu, is trained to assist Viajar with...

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Sports

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Daisha Abdelkader goes on a fast break in the CCS Division II final. The senior point guard scored eight points in the Lancers’ NorCal semifinal loss to Dublin last week.

Senior Daisha Abdel...

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Comment

We'll buy it; what is it? Editorial

Would you buy a device on the condition that you are kept in the dark about how it works? Would you feel good about purchasing such a device when the contract even calls for nondisclosure of the nondisclosure form that keeps the device top secret?

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Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Sara Weber and Victor Martina’s Los Altos Hills home features brick from a 100-year-old building in San Jose artistically combined with stucco to evoke a centuries-old feel. The lanai in the backyard adds a touch o...

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Business

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Vintage Bath, the downtown Los Altos showroom, is under new leadership. Taking over are, from left, co-owners Jerry Rudick and Deena Castello and marketing and visual director Alissa McDonald.

Deena Castello – the new cu...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

1944-2014

Beverley McChesney passed away at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA on Sunday, Nov. 16. She had been fighting cancer for about 23 years until it went into her lungs.

She is survived by her husband David, of Cloverdale; her sisters...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill


Courtesy of Cal Pops
The Cal Pops trumpet section includes Dean Boysen, from left, Bob Runnels and Noel Weidkamp.

The California Pops Orchestra is scheduled to perform “Swing Time!” – a musical tour of Big Band hits from the 1930...

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Spiritual Life

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling



Kirk Perry, Google Inc. president of brand solutions, discusses his faith at the March 13 Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast. Alicia Castro/Town Crier

When God calls, you have to listen to reap the benefits.

That was the moral of the story for t...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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The market is bucking like a bronco

With the stock market down again last week as January came to a close, it set the tone for the Year of the Horse, which could be a contrary and unpredictable year. It will certainly be a volatile and bucking year for the horse.

Since World War II, when the market is down in January, the average usually remains flat in the following 11 months. This trend runs counter to many analysts’ forecasts this year, which predict that the market will rise by the end of 2014.

While the decline is a correction in an ongoing bull market, the sharpness of the drop raises questions for the bulls: How much further will the market drop? and What should I do now?

Holding some ready cash on the sidelines is not a bad idea. If you need extra cash in the future to weather a storm, raise it now, but don’t stop looking for new buying opportunities.

Two Town Crier “50” stocks recently announced their quarterly results.

• Yahoo Inc. (YHOO; $34.80) reported last week that it beat expected earnings for the latest quarter. CEO Marissa Mayer said the company has finally regained its stride, but the revenue is not where she wants it.

Yahoo reported $348 million in profit, or 33 cents per share for the quarter ending Dec 31, up 28 percent from a year earlier. But revenue fell from $1.35 billion to $1.26 billion, dropping 6 percent in the fourth quarter, the same rate of decline as the rest of 2013, primarily because sales decreased in the advertisement segment.

Yahoo’s earnings are on the rise under Mayer’s leadership because of cost-cutting measures and investments in two Asian Internet companies. The income from the Asian investments accounted for nearly two-thirds of the company’s earnings for the quarter.

Mayer explained that the hiring of executive Henrique de Castro had not produced an improvement in Yahoo’s ad business, which contributed to his departure. The company has no plans to replace him. Mayer also introduced new ad programs and said she would become more involved in the company’s ad business.

Most analysts downgraded Yahoo stock from a buy to a hold, with a single analyst upgrading it to a buy. The median target price is $40, with a high of $52.

• Symantec Corp. (SYMC; $20.74) Jan. 29 announced a 5 percent drop in quarterly revenue, attributed to the worldwide decline in personal computer sales. After the bell, the shares lost 3 percent and fell to $23.72 in extended trading and continued to fall Thursday.

The fiscal fourth quarter recorded sales of $1.62 billion, though analysts had projected $1.64 billion. Symantec faces increasing competition from FireEye Inc. and Palo Alto Networks. The market for security software and equipment should increase 9.1 percent to $71.7 billion, according to researcher Gartner Inc.

The Mountain View-based company reported that its net income in the fiscal third quarter rose 31 percent to $283 billion, or 40 cents per share, from $216 billion, or 31 cents per share previously.

President and CEO Steve Bennett cut approximately 1,000 jobs last year and reorganized the sales division to focus on new business and eliminate old products.

He said the company plans to revamp its product portfolio with a new product delivery that would extend into the cloud infrastructure platform and global security network.

Analysts’ upgrade and downgrade history has been scant, with numerous reporting Symantec as a market-perform stock. The median target price is $26, with a high of $33.

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

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