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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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LASD school reclaims name: Gardner Bullis

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees voted May 12 to change the name of Bullis-Purissima School to Gardner Bullis Elementary School.

Due to budget cuts, Bullis-Purissima School was shuttered in 2003, igniting a firestorm of contention and controversy. With the school set to reopen in the fall, some board members – and community constituents – believed resurrecting the old name might perpetuate the negativity associated with the closure of Los Altos Hills' lone elementary school.

In an effort to wipe the slate clean – and to avoid confusion with Bullis Charter School – Superintendent Tim Justus proposed the possible name change to the board.

In early April, the board established a committee to suggest new names for the district's seventh elementary school. The committee recommended such variations as Gardner Bullis Elementary School and Purissima Elementary School.

After the seven committee members selected the top two choices, board members Bill Cooper and David Pefley reported that Gardner Bullis Elementary School was the choice.

"The concept is to try to look toward the future, but with respect to the past," said Pefley, board vice president.

Pefley said some members of the committee voted to keep the name as it was, Bullis-Purissima.

"What a wonderful, wise and conciliatory conclusion to what began as a very divisive issue," Shari Emling, Los Altos Hills resident and former parent of Bullis-Purissima students, wrote in a letter to the board. "Thank you for the decision to keep Gardner Bullis' name on our school, and continue to honor a man who was so instrumental in bringing (and maintaining) so many positives to both Los Altos Hills and Los Altos."

The district received several letters and e-mails in response to a proposed name change. Several Los Altos Hills residents wanted to preserve the Bullis name to honor the memory of Gardner C. Bullis, an attorney instrumental in incorporating the city of Los Altos Hills. A longtime community volunteer, Bullis died in 1981 at the age of 94.

Pefley said the change both honors the Bullis legacy and lessens the confusion with the charter school name.

"The name Gardner Bullis has the historical ties to Bullis," Pefley said. "To the extent that ‘Gardner' would be emphasized … offers a potential to get rid of confusion."

As far as a mascot is concerned, the decision will be left to the Gardner community, Board President Mark Goines said. The previous mascot was the Bullis-Purissima Bear, and several community members have suggested the "Gardner Grizzlies."

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