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Council seeks more options for community center

Council seeks more options for community center


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The Los Altos City Council approved an appropriation to examine options for a new community center to replace the aging Hillview facility.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted narrowly in favor of examining further opti...

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Schools

Local schools participate in  national Hour of Code activities

Local schools participate in national Hour of Code activities


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Himan Shu Raj, a volunteer from Microsoft, advises Los Altos High ninth-graders, from left, Serhat Suzer, Jamie Bennett and Chris Yang as they participate in the school’s Hour of Code Showcase.

Local schools participa...

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Community

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Town Crier staff made a quick cruise back through the newspaper's archives to find some late-December reading as inspiration for eating, drinking, decorating and more:

Beloved holiday books build the spirit of the season and staff at Los Altos’ Li...

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Sports

Pinewood poised for another title run

Pinewood poised for another title run


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Pinewood’s girls basketball team is receiving contributions from several new players, including freshman Stella Kailahi, above.

Complacency shouldn’t be a problem for the defending Division V state champion Pinewood S...

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Letters to the Editor

Ticket motorists for U-turns on Main Street

As I was walking downtown on Main Street recently, something came to me out of the blue. The town of Los Altos is missing out on a huge revenue stream. I realized that if all the cars – there were th...

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Special Sections

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead


s in line to be mayor of Mountain View in 2015.

Mountain View anticipates the following changes in 2015:

• Beginning Jan. 1, Mountain View City Councilmembers will receive a raise to $1,000 per month as a result of the passage of Measure A in...

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Business

Your 2015 stock market game plan

It’s been a maddening month because of oil and gas, especially in stocks and bonds. Then, consumer spending pushed stocks higher Thursday, easing investors’ jitters about the global economy and prompting them to consider how to invest in ...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

Sangeeta Sachdeva, 55, wife of Subhash Sachdeva and mother to Natasha and Tanya, died at 8:54pm, Sunday, December 7, 2014 from respiratory failure.

Sangeeta was born on October 18, 1959 in Delhi, India. She was born to Moti Sagar and Raj Kapoor an...

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Travel

South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on ...

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Stepping Out

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday


courtesy of Aurora Singers
The Aurora Singers are scheduled to perform a seasonal concert Friday night in Palo Alto.

The Aurora Singers’ “Winter’s Musical Glow” holiday concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pal...

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Spiritual Life

Enter the superhero: Finding the God who loves you

In my life-coaching practice, I see a lot of pain. Much of it stems from fear and guilt, often expressed as low self-esteem, anxiety, a lack of forgiveness both for oneself and others, anger – and so on.

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Dow drops HP, Alcoa and BofA

After the stock market closes Friday, the Dow Jones industrial average index of 30 stocks will drop Hewlett-Packard Co. and two other financial mainstays – Alcoa Inc. and Bank of America Corp.

News of the change raises questions among the followers of the Dow and McGraw Hill Financial, which controls the average. McGraw Hill representatives claim that they want to diversify the sectors in the index. The three replacement stocks are Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Visa Inc. and Nike Inc.

The reason is more likely that the stock prices of HP, Alcoa and Bank of America remain low, and the Dow would rather comprise higher-priced winners.

The average divisor will be adjusted before the market opens Monday, so the changes won’t impact the level of the Dow the same as when a stock splits or a spin-off occurs.

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

• Apple Inc. (AAPL; $450.36) unveiled its high-end iPhone 5s and the cheaper, more colorful iPhone 5c, putting an end to the secrecy. Company representatives said the iPhone 5s is twice as fast as the iPhone 5, with an improved camera, a new microchip and a finger sensor.

Apple’s stock plunged during the company’s rollout last week. Analysts suggested that consumers expected more, including stepped-up features not found in other phones.

Analysts are not impressed with Apple’s new iPhone lineup. One analyst cut the stock’s target price to $425 and trimmed the 2014 earnings estimate to $37.95 per share, down from $38.78.

A recent CNET poll revealed that 54 percent of respondents consider Apple a leading innovator, while 46 percent see it falling behind.

The lack of a deal to sell iPhones through China Mobile to more than 700 million subscribers also weighed on Apple shares. If Apple seals a deal with China Mobile, investors and analysts will likely push the stock again.

Apple’s stock is down 14 percent year-to-date and 31 percent over the past 12 months.

The median target price for Apple stock is $540, with a high of $825 – a large disparity. The upgrade and downgrade history is mixed, with most analysts favoring a hold or a neutral position.

• Facebook Inc. (FB; $43.32) stock is now more than $45 per share, marking its all-time high and up 17 percent since its initial public offering at $38 in July 2012.

Investors believe that the social-networking service will benefit from the growing demand for advertising on smartphones and tablets. With more than 1 billion members, Facebook has worked to simplify the ad-buying process for marketers.

Mobile ads totaled 41 percent of advertising revenue in the second quarter, up from 30 percent in the first quarter. While there is a growing acceptance that Facebook is not a fad, the company must continue to drive business from desktop ads to smartphones and tablets.

Second-quarter sales rose 53 percent to $1.81 billion, topping analysts’ prediction of $1.62 billion.

Whereas most analysts previously suggested a downgrade for Facebook stock, they have changed their tune in the past three months, upgrading it to a buy or neutral. The mean target price is $42, with a high of $60.

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