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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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Letters to the Editor

City vulnerable to speeders

Recently, I read a very favorable article on our police chief retiring at age 56 with a pension of 90 percent of pay.

An accompanying article was entitled, "Radar use out in Los Altos." Tickets are invalid until the city brings speed-limit information up to date. The 2001-2002 speed surveys are out of date and fail to comply with state and federal regulations.

My first reaction to this article is: How did this happen and who is responsible? If our city cannot even be current on traffic rules and regulations, then my safety and the safety of my family living here is impacted.

(Former city manager Phil) Rose, I would like to know who is responsible for this serious breach. Is it the police department or is it within the traffic department of the city?

I have lived here since 1965 with no plans of leaving. But now I am having my doubts. My once safe city is now vulnerable to speeders, while the city employees are taking early retirement at 90 percent pay.

Frank Musso Jr.

Los Altos

Appalled over radar action, secrecy

The negligence of city personnel to maintain valid traffic control reports invalidating the use of radar since February of this year is only exceeded by your decision to increase the amount of money spent, according to the papers, in excess of $40,000 to speed up the process by one month. Is there any indication that since tickets cannot be written on radar, traffic speeds have increased creating a public danger, or worse yet, has any person suffered injury as a result of the police department's inability to write radar tickets?

I am a certified traffic commissioner for the County of Santa Clara as well as a resident of Los Altos. I am appalled that the council would spend this substantial sum of money without any findings of danger to the public. The only thing being lost is the ability of the state to collect revenue for speeding tickets and the council should be much more concerned about spending taxpayer's monies for what clearly is an administrative error that can be rectified without having to incur a $40,000 penalty!

Finally, the fact that the city manager sought to keep this secret is disturbing. What other secrets have been kept from public scrutiny?

Gloria Dralla

Los Altos

How about a better senior center?

I would like to second the letter concerning the mediocre facilities of the Los Altos Senior Center, written by Marv Emerling in the Crier on June 20.

I am reminded of this same situation when in 1957 the Federated Woman's Club of Los Altos noted that the only place the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts had to meet was a structure built in 1922 and condemned in 1956. Consequently, the need for a building to serve the youth in the community became an issue. At that point, the Woman's Club stepped in and initiated a fundrasing drive which was presented to the city council.

As a result of the community's pulling together, $61,404 was raised, the groundbreaking ceremony was held in September 1960, the Youth Center became a reality and was turned over to the City of Los Altos Recreation Department.

Now these ladies are senior citizens and have been contributing to the community for many years but find there is not much for them here in the city they love regarding a Senior Center. However, hopefully, the ad hoc committee of concerned citizens who are getting together to see what might be done with the Civic Center's 22 acres will consider a Senior Center facility to compare with those in the neighboring communities.

Helen Foerster

Los Altos

LASD deserves credit

Since the closing of Bullis-Purissima School, recent years have been marked by conflict between Los Altos Hills and Los Altos School District. Now it is time to step back and give credit where it is due.

LASD committed to returning a neighborhood school to Los Altos Hills, and appears on their way to fulfilling that commitment. While we continue to support the return of Bullis Charter School to Los Altos Hills, LASD deserves credit for their efforts to reopen Bullis-Purissima, with the latest step designating new contiguous boundaries for this school and its projected opening in 2008 with a full K-6.

We continue to encourage the district to address two major, related issues that may be the final steps in a complete solution: a permanent location for the charter, and the need for extra school capacity in the northern end of the district.

Dean Warshawsky

Mayor, Los Altos Hills

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