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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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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 ad...

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Making predictions is losers

When the Federal Reserve trimmed its aggressive bond-buying program last month, it determined the way stocks should go in the near future.

When Fed officials suggested that the key interest rate would stay near rock bottom longer than promised, it proved a plus for the economy and the labor market.

Making stock market predictions is a game for losers because the market forges its own direction and change is the one constant for investors.

Many top Wall Street analysts see a sense of normalcy returning to the financial markets in 2014. As the Fed reduces its monthly bond buying, interest rates will edge higher. Fed officials said they would consider a plan to raise short-term rates once unemployment drops to 6.5 percent from the current 7 percent.

Inflation is expected to remain low, with a 1.7 percent increase forecast for the Consumer Price Index in 2014. The Fed’s inflation projection is 2 percent, which could change the investment climate.

As interest rates begin to climb, it becomes important to avoid utilities, financials and telecom stocks.

In 2014, investors concerned about a correction will bail out of stocks at the first sign of trouble, and the bears will start a downward price trend.

The bulls, meanwhile, are sitting on the fence and will respond to the market moves and put more money into stocks, driving prices higher.

The coming year will be the year for volatility, and astute investors should play the game without becoming frustrated with daily up-and-down prices.

A Town Crier “50” stock recently made headlines.

LSI Corp. (LSI; $10.99), the San Jose-based maker of storage chips used in data centers and flash drives, agreed to be sold to Avago Technologies Ltd. last month.

The Singapore-based Avago paid $6.6 billion in cash. Both boards have agreed to the transaction, scheduled to close in the the next few months. The purchase price amounted to $11.15 per LSI share.

LSI President and CEO Abhi Talwalkar said the deal provides “immediate value to our stockholders and offers new growth opportunities for our employees to develop a wider range of leading-edge solutions for customers.”

LSI, founded in 1981, has approximately 5,000 employees and annual sales in the $2.5 billion range.

The LSI acquisition is the second transaction of its kind in the industry. Earlier in 2013, Applied Materials Inc. purchased Tokyo Electron Ltd.

Analysts foresee more chipmakers in Silicon Valley consolidating their operations. Sergis Mushell of research firm Gartner Inc. said he thought that LSI had been looking for a buyer for some time.

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

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