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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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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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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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Steinberg offers insider's view on growth of Silicon Valley

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Goodwin Steinberg, congratulations. You've authored a gem that tells about our daily living and it's your contributions that have made it better. It's titled, "From the Ground Up: Building Silicon Valley."

The book is the tale of a young serviceman and his bride who visited the San Francisco Bay Area during World War II. They came back to the "Valley of the Heart's Delight" and helped make it a place of legend and undreamed-of wealth.

"Goody" tells about the dazzling success story that is Silicon Valley -- how and why technology flourished here, who the players were, and how the pieces came together. He takes a behind-the-scenes look at the politics and personalities of the region.

Faced with the inevitable change that comes with an influx of people and a reputation for success, Santa Clara Valley government officials began to chart their future. Would they become bedroom communities, industrial pockets or a combination of both? As a young, fledging architect, Steinberg helped shape a way of life.

In an area blessed with a mild climate and an abundance of breathtaking vistas, architects found a new freedom in designing both residential and commercial buildings that would take advantage of views.

Not limited by the heavy heating and cooling demands of the Midwest, rooms here did not have to be framed by four interior walls to stay warm. Free of concerns about snow loads, balconies were expanded and views from the inside of the house to the garden were exploited.

Using his new architectural philosophy, Steinberg brought new concepts to a spec house in Los Altos Hills in 1952 that he had a hard time selling.

"From the experience came two lessons," Steinberg writes. "Timing can be everything, and sometimes you have to draw the hard line in order to get where you are going."

One of the first homes Steinberg built for a client was for Mr. and Mrs. Larry Dawson, who owned 30 acres of land in Los Altos Hills. They wanted a creative home to fit on a magnificent ridge that had unobstructed views of the bay on one side and the mountains on the other.

Steinberg realized that when architects partnered with landscape designers and craftsmen, the end product could be environmentally sensitive, aesthetically pleasing and very livable.

Another home Steinberg designed was for Bob and Jan Fenwick. Bob is one of the success stories in high-tech electronics. They had 40 acres and wanted something creative, original, aesthetic and fun.

Steinberg's range of buildings is remarkable. He has been the architect for public buildings, business parks, churches, hotels, community centers, libraries, museums and courthouses in addition to the homes of numerous Silicon Valley titans.

"Early in my career I was faced with a choice -- whether to build a national reputation or focus on my own community," Steinberg writes. "After a grueling and exhausting project in Florida, I made my practice one that focuses on building community. They aren't the most lucrative, but the most fulfilling."

Los Altos is Steinberg's community. He has designed the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and, most recently, the Los Altos History Museum. His recent book signing in the garden patio of the history museum was well received by the community thanking him for his contributions.

The book is richly illustrated with 69 color prints of his projects, including some architectural drawings. Susan Wolfe aided in authoring "From the Ground Up: Building Silicon Valley."

The book has just been published by Stanford University Press and is available for $50. It is also available at Amazon.com for $34.97.

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