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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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The market is bucking like a bronco

With the stock market down again last week as January came to a close, it set the tone for the Year of the Horse, which could be a contrary and unpredictable year. It will certainly be a volatile and bucking year for the horse.

Since World War II, when the market is down in January, the average usually remains flat in the following 11 months. This trend runs counter to many analysts’ forecasts this year, which predict that the market will rise by the end of 2014.

While the decline is a correction in an ongoing bull market, the sharpness of the drop raises questions for the bulls: How much further will the market drop? and What should I do now?

Holding some ready cash on the sidelines is not a bad idea. If you need extra cash in the future to weather a storm, raise it now, but don’t stop looking for new buying opportunities.

Two Town Crier “50” stocks recently announced their quarterly results.

• Yahoo Inc. (YHOO; $34.80) reported last week that it beat expected earnings for the latest quarter. CEO Marissa Mayer said the company has finally regained its stride, but the revenue is not where she wants it.

Yahoo reported $348 million in profit, or 33 cents per share for the quarter ending Dec 31, up 28 percent from a year earlier. But revenue fell from $1.35 billion to $1.26 billion, dropping 6 percent in the fourth quarter, the same rate of decline as the rest of 2013, primarily because sales decreased in the advertisement segment.

Yahoo’s earnings are on the rise under Mayer’s leadership because of cost-cutting measures and investments in two Asian Internet companies. The income from the Asian investments accounted for nearly two-thirds of the company’s earnings for the quarter.

Mayer explained that the hiring of executive Henrique de Castro had not produced an improvement in Yahoo’s ad business, which contributed to his departure. The company has no plans to replace him. Mayer also introduced new ad programs and said she would become more involved in the company’s ad business.

Most analysts downgraded Yahoo stock from a buy to a hold, with a single analyst upgrading it to a buy. The median target price is $40, with a high of $52.

• Symantec Corp. (SYMC; $20.74) Jan. 29 announced a 5 percent drop in quarterly revenue, attributed to the worldwide decline in personal computer sales. After the bell, the shares lost 3 percent and fell to $23.72 in extended trading and continued to fall Thursday.

The fiscal fourth quarter recorded sales of $1.62 billion, though analysts had projected $1.64 billion. Symantec faces increasing competition from FireEye Inc. and Palo Alto Networks. The market for security software and equipment should increase 9.1 percent to $71.7 billion, according to researcher Gartner Inc.

The Mountain View-based company reported that its net income in the fiscal third quarter rose 31 percent to $283 billion, or 40 cents per share, from $216 billion, or 31 cents per share previously.

President and CEO Steve Bennett cut approximately 1,000 jobs last year and reorganized the sales division to focus on new business and eliminate old products.

He said the company plans to revamp its product portfolio with a new product delivery that would extend into the cloud infrastructure platform and global security network.

Analysts’ upgrade and downgrade history has been scant, with numerous reporting Symantec as a market-perform stock. The median target price is $26, with a high of $33.

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

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