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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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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

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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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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Playing the stock market is like driving in the rain

Stock Report

Playing the stock market in today's market place is like driving in the rain with a slow windshield wiper. You have to look closely at where you're going and make sure your seat belt is hooked.

After a good previous week, the Dow dropped 110 points to 10,734, but the Nasdaq increased 217 points to 3,860. The Town Crier stock index jumped 10.50 percent for one of its best results in weeks.

Technology companies reporting earnings, or good future prospects, provided positive valuations. Leading the increases for the week were: Apple Computer, up 6 points; Adobe Systems, 8; Applied Materials, 17; BEA Systems, 11; Intel, 20; KLA-Tencor, 9; Network Appliance, 17; Rambus, 63; Varian Semiconductor, 27; and Yahoo!, 7 points.

Town Crier stocks making the news this past week were: Input Software, which changed its name to Action Point and was down 33 percent; and BEA Systems and Elantic, which split their stocks, 2-for-1.

Of interest to holders of technology issues, Barron's conducted a big money poll on what the bulls and bears expect to happen the rest of this year.

The bulls view the current turmoil as only a correction and not the beginning of a bear market. They expect the Dow to finish the year at 11,077.31 and the Nasdaq at 4,996.59.

On the other hand, the bears believe the market correction will continue as stock valuations remain too high. The bear market will start when the majority of investors consider the market to be a buying opportunity.

The bears expect tech stocks to continue to tumble and drag the Dow down.

That will put pressure on the dollar and with the Federal Reserve increasing the interest rates May 16, it can lead to a recession next year.

The favorite stocks of the majority of the money managers were Cisco, at the top of the list, followed by Intel, General Electric and Microsoft.

Looking at present conditions, this columnist predicts that tech stocks will continue to rise because alternatives are less attractive.

Noel, a seasoned investor, covers the stock market for the Town Crier.

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