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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construct...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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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

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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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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