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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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