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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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Will stocks ‘get scary’ in May?

Every day reveals new evidence that the U.S. economy is slowing down in the second quarter. Charles Nenner, founder of the Charles Nenner Research Center, suggests that the sell-off has just begun and that anyone buying stocks now has missed the bus by four years. Stocks may “get scary” in May, he predicted.

Prices for industrial commodities have slumped, as have prices for gasoline and crude oil. The poor inflation outlook reflects worries about faltering demand.

Continued weakness in the transport sector and cyclical stocks after the quarter earnings reports could heighten the risk of a full-fledged secondary correction. There are still quality stocks available at reasonable price valuations. Sound utility stocks that pay a good dividend remain a better investment than money stuck under the mattress.

Companies on the Town Crier “50” made headlines last week.

• IBM Corp. (IBM; $188.53) reported poor earnings for the first quarter, which could indicate a rough time for the stock market. The company’s stock movement after earnings has registered a stunning 75 percent success rate in predicting market direction over the past decade.

• Google Inc. (GOOG; $800.97) reported its first-quarter profit and loss statement last week. Even if the returns don’t excite investors, they shouldn’t deter anyone from purchasing the stock for the long haul.

Numbers indicated a strong performance in the company’s core advertising business, which reported $13.97 billion in gross revenues. Net income for the quarter came in at $3.5 billion. The only major loss resulted from Google’s Motorola hardware acquisition.

CEO Larry Page told analysts that Google would continue investing in speculative products ranging from high-speed fiber networks to wearable computers and driverless cars.

When self-driving technology spreads, Google will have a monopoly on licensing. Unfortunately, the company won’t realize returns from the developments until driverless cars dominate.

Google Glass should someday replace smartphones, increasing the company’s bottom line.

• Apple Inc. (AAPL; $398.66) released its March-quarter earnings, which will be observed keenly, Tuesday, after the Town Crier’s press deadline. The company’s stock tanked to its lowest level since December 2011 amid concerns regarding its direction and near-term outlook.

Macs appear to be bucking the industrywide personal-computer sales slump, and Apple maintained a 39 percent share of the U.S. market for smartphone operating systems in February/March.

Apple sent an open letter to its customers in China, vowing to improve its customer service. A Chinese regulator promised to increase supervision. Apple – and investors – should watch this matter closely, as China accounted for $7.3 billion in sales in the December quarter.

If Apple doesn’t announce a dividend increase when it reports its earnings, expect the stock price to drop further. Despite the lower price, many investors remain bullish in anticipation of new products before the end of the year.

Apple’s strategy of manufacturing only high-end iPhones has worked well, but Samsung is killing Apple in the market, and other vendors are challenging with different price levels and sizes.

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