Mon10202014

News

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Comment

Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Obama invites lawmakers to White House

After Tuesday’s election, stocks turned downward with the Dow Jones industrial average moving to its lowest level in more than four months.

Uncertainties over the potential “fiscal cliff,” a fresh round of worries concerning European countries and less-than-impressive corporate profits in the third quarter continue to weigh on stocks in the near term.

However, investors should not let headlines chase them away from quality stocks. The election proved a reminder of the deeply partisan divide on Capitol Hill and across the country. Friday, President Barack Obama invited business and congressional leaders of both parties to the White House for a talk on avoiding the fiscal cliff.

What the politicos in Washington do next will be critical for the market, as legislators put their stamps on the tax increases and spending cuts that will take effect in the new year unless a deal to avert the increases is reached.

Most importantly, the country could slide into recession next year and unemployment could rise without a compromise. For a safety measure, I still recommend approximately 15-20 percent of equity portfolios in a short-term bond fund.

News of local firms the past few weeks:

• Yahoo Inc. (YHOO; $17.51), the digital media company, has been drawing attention since Marissa Mayer became president and CEO.

Last week Yahoo announced a deal with Wenner Media, an entertainment media company that publishes Rolling Stone, US Weekly and several other national magazines. Though Mayer is focusing on product development, she is not ignoring opportunities to overcome Yahoo’s struggles to compete with Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Facebook.

Yahoo recently announced better-than-expected third-quarter results with earnings up year to year, exceeding the consensus estimate by 11 cents. Gross profit margin for Yahoo is high, coming in at 78 percent.

Numerous analysts, actively watching Yahoo, continue to suggest a “Hold and Watch” status but are looking for an increase in the share price.

• Microsoft Corp. (MSFT; $28.31) sold 4 million upgrades to Windows 8 since its debut Oct. 26. That puts it ahead of the pace set by Windows 7.

CEO Steve Ballmer said, “The launch of Windows 8 is the beginning of a new era at Microsoft.”

Microsoft announced Nov. 7 that it signed patent licensing agreements with five different companies that include camcorder, digital camera and Android tablet manufacturers.

Two weeks ago Microsoft reported quarterly revenue of $16.01 billion for the quarter that ended Sept 30. Microsoft dividends pay a 3.20 percent yield, and the market value of its stock is $242.4 billion. That puts Microsoft in a position to purchase many companies. Microsoft is a long-term and short-term Buy.

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