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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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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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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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