Mon10202014

News

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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Sports shorts

COLLEGE SCENE: In men's soccer, Foothill entertains Mission 3 p.m. Tuesday ... In women's volleyball, Foothill hosts Chabot today and San Jose City Friday; both matches are at 7 p.m. ... The Foothill men's water polo squad plays Cabrillo 3 p.m. Friday at De Anza ... Over at Stanford, the women's volleyballers take on Washington Friday and Washington State Saturday at Maples Pavilion; both matches are at 7 p.m.

STURDY WALL: Los Altos High graduate Kevin Wall recently ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns in Kansas Wesleyan University's 24-22 win over Ottawa University. For his play, Wall - who also caught a 34-yard pass to set up the winning field goal - was named the conference offensive player of the week. The Coyotes are 3-1 conference and 5-1 overall.

LIGHTNING STRIKES: The under-10 boys Mountain View-Los Altos Lightning I soccer club recently downed the Almaden Valley Raptors 2-1 in a Competition Division match. Jay Smith netted the Lightning's first goal and Ryan Reid and Langston Johnson teamed up for the second score; in the net, Jon Verna registered six saves to preserve the win.

COACHES CORNER: St. Francis High's athletes aren't the only ones receiving praise come competition time. The Central Coast Section recently named Sal Chavez, Steve Filios and Roberta Chisam honor coaches for the 1995-96 season. Chavez has led the boys soccer team to two CCS titles and heads the school Campus Ministry Service Program; Filios, whose boys basketball squad grabbed the state crown last season, received St. Francis' Urban Award for being its most outstanding teacher; and Chisam, who coaches the Lancers' outstanding track and field and girls cross-country teams, is a long-time member of the National Association of Biology Teachers.

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