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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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There’s no sell and go away this May

On the last day of May, the bears had their say, but “Sell in May and go away” hasn’t held true. The Dow Industrials and the S&P are up 3.5 percent and even Nasdaq is up approximately 5 percent since the first of the year. In other words “Sell in May and Go Away” has not held true this year but the bears are grunting with the market down nearly 209 points the last day in May.

While the Dow Industrials closed at all-time highs May 28, the broader market has moved sideways over the past two weeks with interest rates rising.

The Treasury yields are rising with the 10-year note now doing better than 2 percent for the first time this year. This will hurt utility and favorite stocks that pay a yield of approximately 3 percent. Stocks bought primarily for their dividend yields will be hit hardest.

This past week the Japanese stock market became volatile when the Nikkei shed 5 percent and the $1 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund considered changes in the allocation and drifted away from their targeted levels. Other governments are watching the outcome.

The dollar is regaining strength but the Federal Reserve could make a policy change that would reduce or end quantitative easing or end the stimulus. Once the stimulus stops, we will return to old fundamental practices.

Several pundits commented that something’s up. Every analyst can tell, but nobody is quite sure what it is. Is it time to sell a small portion of the portfolio and keep a little cash on hand? No, the bulls still have the driving hand and investors shouldn’t read too much into one month’s data.

Here’s a look at two Town Crier stocks in the news this week.

• Cisco Systems Inc. ($24.26; CSCO) has challenged the European Commission’s approval of Microsoft’s $8.5 billion purchase of Skype, a provider of Internet video and phone service in 2011.

Cisco’s earnings per share increased 6 percent to $0.51 excluding special items in the April Quarter, topping the consensus by $0.02. Revenue climbed 5 percent to $12.22 billion, also ahead of expectations. Cisco is looking toward a repeat performance for the fourth quarter.

Cisco expects to boost its strength in mobile services through more acquisitions and several product expansions through additions.

Cisco is considered a current and a long-term buy with numerous analysts.

• Applied Materials Inc. ($15.39; AMAT) provides manufacturing equipment, services and software to the semiconductor, flat panel display and related industries worldwide. The stock of the Santa Clara firm has moved up 35 percent since the first of the year with a market cap of $17.87 billion.

Applied Materials reported its second quarter operating income of $285 million and adjusted income of $199 million of 16 cents per diluted share. Net sales were $1.97 billion, up 25 percent.

“For the second quarter in a row, Applied had strong order performance of more than $2 billion,” said Chairman and CEO Mike Splinter. “We are seeing increasing pull from some of out largest strategic customers for our key enabling technologies.”

Analysts were mixed on future results with numerous recommending downgrades to hold or neutral. The Street rates Applied as a hold. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas such as its solid stock price performance with reasonable debt levels and expanding profit margins.

Mean target price is $15.08 which has already been passed. High target price is $20.

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