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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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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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August proved bad news for market

With a rocky August in the rearview mirror, tensions in Syria pushing oil prices to their highest level this year and the Federal Reserve’s indecision on tapering off its bond-buying program, it’s time for investors to take stock.

U.S. stocks closed modestly higher Thursday as the economy began to show signs of improvement – even as the Syria disaster plays out. While many investors expect a U.S. military strike in the wake of Syria’s alleged poison-gas attacks, analysts do not fear a long-term impact on the market. Compared with other investments, many analysts still believe stocks are the only game in town and look beyond crisis in the Middle East.

Market bulls argue that valuations are still well below prior bull-market peaks and that company earnings and dividends are still rising. That data could also bolster the case for the Fed to wind down its stimulus program sooner.

Historically, August has never been an exciting month for the market. A failed attempt at new highs would suggest that the primary trend has turned bearish, but consumer sentiment is on the rise and investors are still in the game.

Town Crier “50” company Intuit Inc. (INTU; $63.57) trumpeted the launch of the Intuit QuickBooks Cloud ProAdvisor Program last week, which should be a boon for management solutions. The program is designed to help accounting professionals start and grow their practices using Intuit’s free leading online financial and employee solutions.

“The cloud is no longer a new concept,” said Louis Sanchez, director at Intuit. “It is a necessary platform for accounting professionals to leverage in order to launch their practices and meet clients’ needs.”

The Mountain View-based Intuit provides business and financial solutions for small businesses, consumers and accounting professionals. Founded in 1983, the company sells its products and services via various sales and distribution channels. Most consumers are aware of Quicken’s line of desktop software products that reconcile bank accounts, pay bills and track investments. TurboTax, Intuit’s flagship product, is a familiar interface for users during tax season.

The company released its fiscal fourth-quarter results last week, and the numbers failed to impress analysts. On an adjusted basis, the company broke even on a per-share basis. Revenue grew 12 percent to $634 million.

Intuit’s upgrade and downgrade history has varied, with most analysts deeming the stock a hold. The mean target price is $68.53, with a high of $80.

Looking ahead

Projections from research firm International Data Corp. last week may herald trouble for three Town Crier “50” companies.

The future for personal-computer makers and component suppliers grows bleaker – IDC cut its unit-shipment forecasts for the computer tech sector.

IDC predicted that worldwide PC shipments would fall by 9.7 percent in 2013 and 2 percent in 2014. After 2015, the company forecasts single-digit growth.

The PC market is experiencing its longest market contraction on record, largely because customers are purchasing tablets and smartphones rather than replacing their PCs. IDC projects that 315 million PCs will be shipped this year, compared with 349 million in 2012.

The forecast is bad news for Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ; $22.35). In the second quarter, China-based Lenovo rose to the No. 1 PC vendor ranking, pushing HP to No. 2.

Intel Corp. (INTC; $22.02) continues to focus aggressively on mobile products to offset pressure from declining computer and chip sales.

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT; $33.40) is in talks to buy stakes in other companies to compensate for problems after the release of Windows 8.

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