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News - September 14, 2012

Community briefs

Space shuttle fly-over

Fans of the NASA space shuttle program should clear their schedules on Thursday, Sept. 20, as space shuttle Endeavour is set to make a historic flight over Mountain View, piggybacking a Boeing 747.

The low-level flyover is expected to pass over NASA Ames Research Center and might also be seen from parts of Mountain View. But exactly where and when the flight will take place has yet to be announced.

"On the morning of Sept. 20, the SCA and Endeavour will take off from Dryden and perform a low-level flyover of northern California, passing near NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., and various landmarks in multiple cities, including San Francisco and Sacramento," says a press release from NASA Ames.

"Some planned flyovers or stopovers could be delayed or canceled," warns the NASA Ames Facebook page. "But, Bay Area, Sept. 20 is your scheduled flyover of space shuttle Endeavour!"

—Daniel DeBolt

Endorsement error

A candidate for the local school board has removed text from his campaign website claiming that he had been endorsed by the local chapter of the League of Women Voters.

Bill Lambert explained that the "Endorsement" section on his website briefly listed the League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area as advocating for his campaign for the Mountain View Whisman School District's board of trustees.

"I apologize for the error that appeared on my election website," Lambert wrote in an email. "I am well aware that the (LWV) does not endorse candidates."

As a non-partisan organization, the League stays away from endorsing specific candidates as a matter of national policy.

According to Lambert the mistake was made by his website's manager. Lambert is a member of the local chapter of the League, but said that he "never implied to (the website's builder) that the (League) endorses me."

—Nick Veronin

HP to slash 2,000 more jobs

Silicon Valley computer and printer giant HP will cut about 2,000 more jobs than previously announced, according to a Sept. 10 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company expects to shed 29,000 jobs by October 2014, according to the quarterly filing.

In May, HP announced that it was undergoing a company-wide restructuring that would include eliminating 27,000 jobs. The layoffs would trim the company's 350,000-strong workforce by about 8 percent. HP expects to implement the plan through the end of fiscal year 2014. The restructuring includes both a voluntary program for eligible U.S. employees and layoffs, the company noted in its filing.

HP also implemented a multi-year restructuring plan in the third quarter of fiscal year 2010, which includes consolidating its enterprise services business. The total expected cost of the plan is approximately $1 billion, and includes severance costs to eliminate approximately 8,000 positions. Approximately 8,500 employees would take early retirement, according to the SEC filing. As of July 31, approximately 7,300 positions had been eliminated.

Early retirees would receive lump sums ranging between five and 14 months of pay depending on years of service at the time of retirement under the program.

HP's corporate headquarters is located at 3000 Hanover St. in Palo Alto.

—Sue Dremann

Election forums

Check out the positions of state Senate and Assembly candidates at the League of Women Voters forum on Thursday, Sept. 20, in Menlo Park. Candidates George Yang, Rich Gordon, Sally Lieber and Jerry Hill are running for state office. The forum starts at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at the Menlo Park Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

The league is also hosting a presentation on state propositions appearing on the November ballot. Held at the Menlo Park library at 800 Alma St., the presentation starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.

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