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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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Camilla Molinari

Our beloved Camilla passed on peacefully to embark on her next adventure on November 18, 2009, just 15 months following her diagnosis of lung cancer.

A resident of Los Altos for most on her life, she was born Camilla Wehr in Bogota, N.J. on November 10, 1923. She lived in Mill Valley then San Jose, graduated from San Jose High School, established her career, and met her husband to be, Earl Molinari, folk dancing. They enjoyed a 50-plus year marriage. Loving a supportive always, they raised 2 daughters and took part in the lives of their 3 grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her husband, Camilla is survived by her children, Leah (Keith) Jones, Laura (David) Ludin, grandchildren Benjamin, Lucas and Carly, and by Camilla's half- siblings David (Nancy) Wehr, Paul (Christiane) Wehr, and Jeanine (Larry) Jones and their children and grandchildren.

Camilla was employed by Varian Associates in Palo Alto for 22-plus years where she was a valued employee, well loved by her coworkers.

Camilla will be remembered for her adventurous and fun-loving personality. She and her husband Carlo (Earl) continued dancing for many years and enjoyed trips through the U.S., Canada and Mexico, South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Far East. After Carlo's passing, Camilla continued onto Africa, Egypt, and Israel. Camilla appreciated the many cultures she experienced on her travels and was a great lover of animals and photography. She delighted in sharing the many spectacular photos of animals that she took.

Camilla will always be remembered for her artistic talents. Being the daughter of two artists, her artistry prevailed in her needlework and her love for growing flowers; she could make anything flourish.

Friends are invited to a Celebration of Life on December 12th. Please contact family for more information. In Lieu of flowers, may we suggest a donation to Kaiser Hospice of Santa Clara or the American Cancer Society.

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