Fri02122016

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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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Comment

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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Consumer confidence will lift market

If history is any indicator, the market should perform strongly in the second half of the year. Since World War II, every year the S&P 500 posted gains in January and February, the market recorded a positive year.

Stocks in 2013 have registered the best first-half performance since 1999, despite the U.S. economy stuck in low gear for more than a year with an average annual growth of 1.7 percent.

But according to the monthly publication Blue Chip Economic Indicators, gross domestic product is expected to increase to 1.9 percent this year, fueled by consumers’ optimism. Consumers account for roughly two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, and the improving outlook for consumer spending is one reason the market should gain steam in 2014. When consumers have money to spend and invest, you can bank on a rising stock market.

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

• Intuit Inc. (INTU; $62.76) agreed to sell its Financial Services Business to the private-equity firm Thoma Bravo for $1 billion. Intuit also plans to sell its health group, which provides financial services and software to hospitals.

The divestures are part of Intuit’s major restructuring, designed to allow the company to concentrate more on its core business of tax programs for consumers and small businesses. The proceeds from both sales should speed up share repurchasing.

Intuit began in 1983 marketing Quicken Personal Finance Software. Annual revenue now tops $4 billion, with a net income of $792 million. With 8,500 employees, the company plans to diversify beyond desktop software and Web services into software for tablets and smartphones.

Most analysts rate Intuit stock as a hold, though Raymond James Financial Services upgraded it last week to a strong buy. The mean target price per share is $65.94, with a high of $85.

• Apple Inc. (AAPL; $412.69) is still No. 1 in the U.S. smartphone market, but its share of the market remained virtually flat at 39 percent in the quarter, according to researchers, while Samsung Electronics gained two percentage points to take a 21 percent slice and Google Motorola captured 8 percent.

Among smartphone operating systems, Google’s Android maintained a 52 percent share of the U.S. market, followed by Apple at 39 percent.

Looking ahead to what may be its next big release, Apple applied for a trademark for iWatch in Japan. Wearable computing devices have suddenly become a crowded field, with companies racing to bring their new products to consumers. The market for wearable computers could exceed $12 billion by 2018, according to one research firm.

Apple projects third-quarter revenue totaling between $33.5 billion and $35.5 billion, gross margin between 36 and 37 percent, and operating expenses between $3.85 billion and $3.95 billion. Other expenses are projected at $300 million.

The majority of analysts who cover Apple consider its stock a current and long-term buy. Among 50 brokers surveyed, the mean target price is $538.74, with a high of $888.

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