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SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

Peninsula...

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


Mountain View Tenants Coalition/Facebook
Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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Dow takes backseat after 10-day rally

After the Dow Jones industrial averages closed higher for 10 straight days, a market pullback was not surprising, because bear markets often begin when earnings and dividends are at all-time highs.

Dividends for the S&P 500 hit a record high as well and could trend higher this year, as big banks are expected to increase their payouts soon in response to the Federal Reserve’s latest round of stress tests.

U.S. equities have pushed up their run for 10 consecutive days without a major consolidation since the start of the year, a result of funds flowing out of money markets and fixed incomes to equities. This kind of trend doesn’t change easily, and we can look for more of it.

Companies are doing better than expected and stockpiling money hand over fist. There is also hope that the Fed will continue printing money with urgency until unemployment falls below 6.5 percent. A shift from this policy could rattle the market and bring down equity prices. Sooner or later, a correction will occur – and it may be a good thing, to keep the market affordable.

Although interest rates are ridiculously low and have a bullish effect on the market, many investors remain skeptical because of continued gridlock in Washington, D.C.

Two Town Crier “50” companies made headlines last week.

• Microsoft Corp. (MSFT; $28.22) was fined $732 million by the European Union for failing to comply with an antitrust pact concerning its Internet browser. Some versions of the Windows operating system omitted a screen that allowed users to select a default Web browser. Microsoft blamed the violation on a glitch, which impacted the stock share price.

In other news, Microsoft agreed to sell its online advertising program – Atlas Advertising Suite – to Facebook for an undisclosed sum. The move highlights Facebook’s intention to overtake Google as the U.S. leader in online display ads.

Microsoft has a market cap of $233.82 million, with shares up 5.3 percent year to date. The stock currently offers a 3.3 percent dividend yield. Most analysts consider Microsoft a long-term buy or, at worst, a hold.

• LSI Corp. (LSI; $6.79), which designs, develops and markets storage and networking semiconductors worldwide, came across a new outlet for supplying chips to base stations in the disk-drive industry and is ready to break out on the upside. The company recently signed a deal with NetApp Inc. that could make it a game changer for how applications handle data in the future.

LSI boasts a projected earnings-per-share growth rate of 13 percent over the next five years. LSI stock is currently trading 25 percent below its 52-week high.

Recently analysts have downgraded the stock from “outperform” to “market perform.” The high market price is $10, with a low target of $7. While Deutsche Bank has downgraded the stock from a buy to a hold, no analyst has recommended a sell.

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