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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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BLSN infuses business leaders with spirituality

The long oval table in the library is set as for a board meeting.

In the center, however, are some items you'd never find in a corporate boardroom. Four white pillar candles are arranged in a square. Beside them is a prayer bowl nestled in a red-and-turquoise cushion.

The group meeting here is called a Leadership Formation Group (LFG). It operates within the Business Leadership Spirituality Network, (BLSN). The monthly meeting brings together a group of 10-12 executives to discuss business and workplace issues in a spiritual context.

Rose Camp, 48, executive VP of finance and operations at her company, was a member of the first LFG, which has been meeting since fall 2000.

"I love the combination of integrating business and spirituality," Camp said.

The BLSN grew out of the work of Andre Delbecq, who heads the Business and Spirituality Program at Santa Clara University, and John Huntington, a retired CEO who became an Episcopal priest and found a vocation serving business leaders like himself. Later the Rev. Dr. Jim Thomas, 30 years a psychologist/management consultant and now a priest, took over BLSN leadership.

The BLSN, headquartered at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Mountain View, has three LFGs so far, with the hope of expanding much farther. Its goal is to infuse spirituality at the highest levels of business.

The leader, Mary Jo Alderson, lights the candles and opens the meeting with a prayer. Then she uses an ancient spiritual technique called "lectio divina" for the group to meditate on a sacred text. She reads aloud a paraphrase of Psalm 40 three times, very slowly, with long pauses between readings. Group members reflect on what the reading meant to them.

Only after this preparation does the discussion start. Alderson takes the issues one at a time, facilitating, reflecting and drawing out threads and possible solutions for the problem. Everything said in the room is confidential.

Alderson, 54, directs the Spiritual Center at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley. She has a business background in accounting. She thinks the time is ripe for this kind of group.

The BLSN asks for donations from participants as a percentage of their income. As it grows, it hopes to train more and more LFG facilitators and provide online networking services.

For more information about the BLSN, call Susan Slakey at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 967-4724.

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