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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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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

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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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 add ...

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Rising market tide lifts all boats

Investors have enjoyed an incredible market run, with the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones industrial average rocketing to new highs on a broad rally that resembles a rising tide that lifts all boats. As of Friday, bullish investors were happy, largely thanks to the Federal Reserve’s unexpected decision to continue its stimulus program.

The outlook isn’t totally rosy, though, as Republicans play hardball with threats of an imminent government shutdown. With decisions on the Affordable Care Act, the budget and the debt ceiling looming, the market is likely to react with uncertainty in coming weeks.

Given the record rallies, however, investors should maintain a nearly full posture, looking for stocks with established value.

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

• Oracle Corp. (ORCL; $34.09) reported first-quarter earnings of $2.19 billion, beating expectations and topping the previous year’s first-quarter earnings by 8 percent.

Revenues of $8.37 billion resulted in a profit of 47 cents per share. The results exceeded the expectations of numerous analysts, who had anticipated 44 cents per share.

The Redwood City-based company faces reduced global demand for information technology and must battle smaller companies that provide software online. Oracle’s software licenses and cloud subscriptions rose 5 percent, but its hardware sales fell 13 percent year-over-year.

Oracle’s days as a tech behemoth may be in the past, as cloud computing continues to take a large bite out of the old-style firms.

Oracle’s recent upgrade and downgrade history is favorable, with numerous analysts rating its stock an outperform or a buy. The median target price is $36, with a high of $43.

• Electronic Arts Inc. (EA; $26.44) last week appointed Andrew Wilson its new CEO. He has been with Electronic Arts since 2000 and served as executive vice president of EA Sports since 2011.

The move comes six months after former CEO John Riccitiello resigned after six years as CEO and COO. In his resignation letter, he cited “the shortcomings in our financial results this year.”

In a letter posted on the company’s website, Wilson said he envisions Electronic Arts as the “world’s greatest games company” but added that “we have plenty of work ahead to ensure our collective success.”

Wilson will receive an annual base salary of $800,000, with a target bonus of $1.2 million, or 150 percent of his salary.

Electronic Arts’ upgrade and downgrade history has taken a positive turn, with analysts’ lately deeming its stock a buy or accumulate. The mean target price is $28, with a high of $31.

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