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Council seeks more options for community center

Council seeks more options for community center


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The Los Altos City Council approved an appropriation to examine options for a new community center to replace the aging Hillview facility.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted narrowly in favor of examining further opti...

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Schools

Local schools participate in  national Hour of Code activities

Local schools participate in national Hour of Code activities


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Himan Shu Raj, a volunteer from Microsoft, advises Los Altos High ninth-graders, from left, Serhat Suzer, Jamie Bennett and Chris Yang as they participate in the school’s Hour of Code Showcase.

Local schools participa...

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Community

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Town Crier staff made a quick cruise back through the newspaper's archives to find some late-December reading as inspiration for eating, drinking, decorating and more:

Beloved holiday books build the spirit of the season and staff at Los Altos’ Li...

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Sports

Pinewood poised for another title run

Pinewood poised for another title run


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Pinewood’s girls basketball team is receiving contributions from several new players, including freshman Stella Kailahi, above.

Complacency shouldn’t be a problem for the defending Division V state champion Pinewood S...

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Letters to the Editor

Ticket motorists for U-turns on Main Street

As I was walking downtown on Main Street recently, something came to me out of the blue. The town of Los Altos is missing out on a huge revenue stream. I realized that if all the cars – there were th...

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Special Sections

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead


s in line to be mayor of Mountain View in 2015.

Mountain View anticipates the following changes in 2015:

• Beginning Jan. 1, Mountain View City Councilmembers will receive a raise to $1,000 per month as a result of the passage of Measure A in...

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Business

Your 2015 stock market game plan

It’s been a maddening month because of oil and gas, especially in stocks and bonds. Then, consumer spending pushed stocks higher Thursday, easing investors’ jitters about the global economy and prompting them to consider how to invest in ...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

Sangeeta Sachdeva, 55, wife of Subhash Sachdeva and mother to Natasha and Tanya, died at 8:54pm, Sunday, December 7, 2014 from respiratory failure.

Sangeeta was born on October 18, 1959 in Delhi, India. She was born to Moti Sagar and Raj Kapoor an...

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Travel

South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on ...

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Stepping Out

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday


courtesy of Aurora Singers
The Aurora Singers are scheduled to perform a seasonal concert Friday night in Palo Alto.

The Aurora Singers’ “Winter’s Musical Glow” holiday concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pal...

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Spiritual Life

Enter the superhero: Finding the God who loves you

In my life-coaching practice, I see a lot of pain. Much of it stems from fear and guilt, often expressed as low self-esteem, anxiety, a lack of forgiveness both for oneself and others, anger – and so on.

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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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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