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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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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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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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Stocks slump after record high

After hitting a record high Jan. 15, the stock market headed lower on the heels of disappointing earnings reports from numerous corporations, several banks falling short of analysts’ expectations and a Goldman Sachs warning about rising stock market valuations.

It’s hard to determine what investors are doing with their stocks, because the advance-decline lines reflect a market moving sideways in 2014.

The weak start in the new year has raised concerns in some quarters about the market’s failure to hold the day’s results during the strong time of year – the volatility is worrisome. A few disappointing quarterly reports could lead to serious selling of individual portfolios.

Not many investors are panicking, but the slow start in January is prompting questions about whether this is the beginning of a long-awaited 10 percent correction, which hasn’t occurred since summer 2011.

According to an investment strategist at R.W. Baird & Co., “The loss of momentum in the opening weeks of 2014 can be explained by the fact that stocks entered January overbought and overbelieved, and, therefore, vulnerable to a changing environment.”

Even with the ups and downs, it’s the stock market’s best year since 1997, and investors may wonder which way to go in the future.

Money magazine recommended, “In 2014, think cash,” but not all analysts agree. The outlook for the stock market is positive and supported by moderately improving economic conditions and corporate earnings growth.

The best approach is to maintain a long-term view and consider adding stocks to your portfolio if they are appropriate to your mix of investments. The beginning of the year is the ideal time to review your long-term investment goals.

A major player on the Town Crier “50” made news last week.

Apple Inc. (AAPL; $554.25) continues to gain sales in the enterprise market. The company is projected to take 11 percent of global spending by governments and business on computers and tablets by 2015. Research firm Forrester Research reported that the number is up from 8 percent in 2012 and 1 percent in 2009 but does not include iPhone sales.

China Mobile revealed that the iPhone preorders that began Dec. 25 have topped 1.2 million for the 5c and 5s models.

“This is a watershed day for Apple,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a joint interview with China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua. “I’m so honored to be doing business with Chairman Xi and China Mobile.”

Apple built a base of support during the course of 2013 and is still trending positive. Several analysts project the stock to reach $600 a share, perhaps even $630, noting that the 50-day moving average exceeds the 200-day moving average.

For the first quarter of 2014, Apple provided guidance of revenue between $55 billion and $58 billion, a gross margin between 36.5 and 37.5 percent and expenses between $4.4 billion and $4.5 billion.

Investors are looking for a new product from Apple in 2014. Without a new product, the stock price will drop, as it has in previous years.

Among the 49 brokers touting Apple stock, most deem it a strong buy or a buy, with only one recommending a sell. The stock’s high target price is $777, with a low of $270.

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

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