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Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Comment

Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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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

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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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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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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