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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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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

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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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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Market keeps springing back

Federal Reserve chair nominee Janet Yellen indicated in a U.S. Senate hearing Thursday that she would continue to support the economy through stimulus measures. The Fed’s bond-buying program has helped spur the stock market by pumping it with extra cash. By Friday, the market was moving toward 16,000.

The stock market continues to defy gravity as the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 hit record-setting new highs. With corporate earnings season soon coming to a close, investors’ attention will turn to other issues.

Those issues continue to be the renewed budget and debt-ceiling battles in Washington. Given that stocks have not experienced anything larger than a 6 percent correction this year, the possibility of a more protracted decline exists. With the S&P 500 index up 23 percent this year, there has been concern that valuations are getting stretched.

The fact remains that expectations for a significant correction are widespread, but the trend is still bullish, even though many astute investors are neither buying nor selling.

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

• Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO; $21.50) tumbled early Thursday after analysts and investors reviewed Cisco’s earnings report, which missed Wall Street estimates. The company reported that it earned 37 cents per share on sales of $12.1 billion for the fiscal quarter that ended Oct. 26. Analysts had expected 41 cents per share on $12.36 billion.

Management blamed a number of factors, including the government shutdown and expenses associated with recent layoffs, while CEO John Chambers said in a conference call with analysts that the company received $600 million to $700 million fewer orders than anticipated. The impact on the federal business was approximately $50 million.

In other news, Cisco agreed to pay up to $863 million for the remaining stake of Insieme Networks, which makes data-center technology. Management also increased its share-repurchase program by $15 billion, which equates to roughly 12 percent of the outstanding stock.

The San Jose-based firm is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate.

“While our revenue growth was below our expectation, we remain confident in our long-term goal to be the No. 1 IT company in the world,” Chambers said.

Numerous analysts are dropping Cisco from their buy lists. While the downgrade is disappointing, Cisco’s valuation and yield keep it on the long-term buy list of some analysts. Deutsche Bank has downgraded Cisco from a buy to a hold.

Thirty-four brokers have projected a high target price of $32, with a low price of $16.

• Intel Corp (INTC; $24.66) last week acquired Kno Inc., an education software company that offers e-textbooks for interactive devices like computers and tablets. The move represents Intel’s expansion into mobile devices and provides good publicity.

Intel will introduce its pop-up stores, with the first launching in New York this week. The stores will remain open through the shopping season and close in late January.

Based in Santa Clara, Intel designs, manufacturers and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. It offers microprocessors that process system data and control other devices in the system.

Intel’s latest report revealed revenue of $52.35 billion, with a gross profit of $33.15 billion, total cash of $19.22 billion and book value per share at $11.15.

Intel provides a 3.7 percent yield for share dividends. While there is concern that Intel’s growth is slowing along with PC sales, analysts expect profits to rise 12 percent annually over the next five years because the mobile market relies on its servers and chips. Nov. 4 was the ex-date for a dividend payment of $0.225.

The mean target price for Intel stock is $23.73, with a high of $30.

Clyde Noel is a Los Altos Hills resident and longtime investor in stocks.

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