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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Could the Dow hit 17,000 by year-end?

The Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 continued their run up the mountain, hitting record highs last week. The Dow closed at 15,354 Friday, with several analysts predicting it could reach 17,000 by year’s end.

The risk of a correction remains high, however, and the percentage of New York Stock Exchange stocks trading above their 200-day moving average is up to 78 percent, a level that signals a higher-than-normal risk of a pullback.

Sentiment among investment newsletters and institutional investors is optimistic, with few at this time forecasting a setback.

A Barron’s contributor bullish on tech stocks recommended in the May 13 issue that investors consider purchasing three Town Crier “50” stocks: Microsoft Corp. (MFST), Intel Corp. (INTC) and IBM (IBM). All three companies boast a lower price-earnings ratio than the Dow average and show room for dividend growth.

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

• Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO; $23.84) reported that its earnings per share increased 6 percent to 51 cents, excluding special items in the April quarter. The company’s third-quarter numbers beat Wall Street expectations, with profits up 15 percent and sales up 5 percent over last year.

CEO John Chambers said in a statement that the company was encouraged by the “slow but steady” economic environment.

“We are starting to see some good signs in the U.S. and other parts of the world,” he added.

Revenue climbed 5 percent to $12.22 billion on 5 percent growth for products and 7 percent growth for services. The results were in line with expectations and appear solid in the wake of rivals’ statements about challenging economic conditions.

Cisco shares rose to $22.27 after the quarterly-results release. Several analysts jumped on the bandwagon, upgrading the stock to “market perform.” Others deemed it a hold. The high target price for Cisco stock is $27.

• Safeway Inc. (SWY; $24.42), a Town Crier “50” stock because several of its executives live in the area, deserves a look. With a new store in Mountain View and a rebuilt market pending in Los Altos, the company’s local presence remains strong.

Safeway announced last week that it will increase its quarterly dividend by 14 percent and in July pay a dividend of 20 cents per share – up from 17.5 cents – to shareholders of record June 20. The stock boasts a 2.8 percent yield.

Safeway, which operates 1,641 grocery stores across North America, reported annual sales of $44.2 billion in 2012.

Despite the positive numbers, Goldman Sachs analysts recently rated Safeway a sell. According to one analyst, “We see a combination of secular and cyclical headwinds pressuring results vs. consensus estimates.”

Most analysts give Safeway an “underperform” rating, with a suggestion to hold or sell. The high target price is $30, and the low $14.

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