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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construct...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Comment

Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

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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