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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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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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Prepare for more stock volatility

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With the stock market down more than 450 points as we enter the final week before the presidential election, it’s interesting to recall that the Dow Jones Industrial Average was dropping quickly when John McCain was the Republican nominee four years ago.

When President Barack Obama was inaugurated Jan. 20, 2009, the Dow Jones Industrials registered slightly below 8,000. The market had experienced a one-day drop of 778 points the previous September, followed by three more big drops in October.

Today, concerns over disappointing earnings and economic worries in Europe could lead to the same type of volatility.

The “fiscal cliff” looms, with spending cuts and tax increases of up to $600 billion awaiting lawmakers in January. Many corporations have postponed their investment spending until Congress resolves the situation.

Investors should not expect to avoid disappointment in this economic environment, but they could tip the odds in their favor by purchasing stocks with sales momentum, improving profit margins and reasonable valuations.

The latest news on two Town Crier “50” stocks:

• Apple (AAPL; $604:00) announced its quarterly earnings Thursday, missing the forecast and falling short of estimates. For the fiscal quarter, Apple reported earnings of $11.75 a share on $52 billion in revenue. Analysts expected earnings of $15.43 a share on $55 billion.

Apple priced its much-anticipated iPad mini at $329, well above the $199 of similar-sized tablets offered by Amazon and Google. While some analysts worry about the price differential, Apple has previously succeeded at selling products at a premium compared with rival offerings. However, only 14 million iPad minis have been sold, below forecasts.

Analysts still consider Apple stock both a short- and long-term buy.

• Facebook Inc. (FB; $21.94) experienced its largest one-day gain last week, with the stock closing at $23.23, up 19 percent for the day but still a long way from its initial offering of $38. Revenue for the third quarter totaled $1.26 billion, a $325 million increase, compared with $954 million in the third quarter of 2011. As of Sept. 30, the company’s cash and marketable securities totaled $10.5 billion.

The improvement in Facebook stock’s performance is likely attributable to burgeoning sales in the mobile advertising market. Approximately $150 million resulted from Facebook ads appearing on mobile devices.

Employees and investors Monday became eligible to sell nearly 234 million shares of stock they’ve had to hold because of trading restrictions. Another 700 million shares will be unlocked Nov. 14. The increase in stock sales could cause the price to drop again. After the sell-off, the stock price should increase.

Analysts aren’t in unison when it comes to Facebook stock – a few recommend selling, but most suggest holding on, expecting the price to rise.

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