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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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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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Green dieting: What each of us can do locally to help the environment

You've no doubt heard or perhaps even tried a "Low Carb Diet," where you reduce your carbohydrate intake to create a better body. Consider instead a Low Carbon Diet: reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) you contribute to the atmosphere to help create a better world. By reducing the amount of electricity, natural gas, gasoline, water and "stuff" you use in your daily life, you can minimize your share of greenhouse gas pollution and do your part to alleviate the effects of climate change.

"What's at stake is severe impacts to the climate, economy and well-being that our children and grandchildren will inherit if we continue with 'business as usual,'" said Kacey Fitzpatrick, team leader for Cool Los Altos.

Cool Los Altos is a grassroots group that spreads climate change awareness (see sidebar).

"To succeed in curbing global warming requires action at all sectors: government, businesses and individuals," Fitzpatrick said. "There is both an economic imperative and a moral imperative to act in fundamentally new ways."

Cool Los Altos has issued a Low Carbon Challenge as a rallying call to Los Altos residents.

The Low Carbon Challenge is a pledge to cut your annual household CO2 emissions by 2,000 pounds. Cool Los Altos' goal is to sign up 500 families and reach 1 million pounds of reduction annually.

The challenge is geared to families that want to start living greener but haven't taken many steps yet. The items on the action menu are easy and/or inexpensive for everyone to enact.

"The Low Carbon Challenge was designed to be accessible and to make it easy for the typical family to begin doing their part," Fitzpatrick said.

And, what if you are already doing these things? Cool Los Altos members suggest you do the following: (1) get involved with them to help spread the word, (2) buy "The Low Carbon Diet" book through their Web site and start taking other new actions and (3) install solar panels in your home to offset most of your electricity usage.

Sign up at www.CoolLosAltos.org.

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