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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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A good time for a market review

With less than two weeks left in the current year, you are likely to hear many conflicting opinions for stock market prospects in 2014.

The old adage “buy low and sell high” doesn’t mean to invest in poorly performing shares because they are low and should increase in 2014. Forecasting is futile.

At current levels, stocks are not in bubble territory, but keep an eye on the averages, as they often signal that a change is in the works.

Bears feel that the Federal Reserve’s stimulus policy will come to a slow halt and put pressure on stocks. Other investors believe that scenario played itself out when the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 129.60 points Dec. 11 and opened down Thursday.

The bulls are not leaving us, and we are keeping our portfolio 95 percent intact. On the other hand, numerous investors are selling their stocks and taking profits, hoping to buy them back at a lower price.

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

• Rambus Inc. (RMBS; $9.54) shares climbed sharply last week after settling a patent dispute with Micron Technology, which will pay Rambus as much as $280 million over seven years to license Rambus patents. Formerly based in Los Altos but now located in Sunnyvale, Rambus will receive quarterly payments as high as $10 million for the life of the agreement.

Rambus stock is now up 77 percent for the year.

In June, Rambus settled a suit with SK Hynix for $240 million and signed a lease agreement with STMicroelectronics to close out a lengthy court battle.

The company has had legal problems for years over patent licensing, and the subsequent court battles drove investors away from the stock.

Most analysts deem the stock a hold, even after the strength of the settlements. The last time analysts issued the stock an upgrade to buy was in 2006.

Analysts’ median and high target price for Rambus stock is $13, with a low of $6.50. There is no dividend for stockholders.

• Apple Inc. (AAPL; $554.68) is scrambling to halt the market-share erosion of its tablet, which dropped from 40 percent to 30 percent sold in the previous year. Smartphones dropped from 14 percent to 13 percent.

Against that backdrop, Apple has quietly begun selling its iPad with retina display at its retail stores. The gradual rollout could be due to supply constraints, and analysts expect the device to become widely available during the holiday season.

In other news, the Cupertino-based firm agreed to pay $350 million for PrimeSense Ltd., an Israeli company that made gesture-recognition technology for Microsoft.

A U.S. jury awarded Apple $290 million in the retrial of a patent lawsuit against Samsung. Apple asked for $380 million.

Numerous analysts call Apple stock a strong buy in both the short and long term, with several analysts indicating an outperform position. The high target price for Apple stock is $777, with a median of $600. The yield on Apple stock is 2.30 percent.

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