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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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Sports On The Side

GOLFING GURUS: John Cranston of Los Altos Hills was part of a foursome that placed 13th at the 1997 National Team Championship last month in Scottsdale, Ariz. Cranston's son, Riley, and his team from Oregon took third at the 64-team golf tourney.

LACROSSE ANYONE? The Tomahawks Lacrosse Club is accepting new players in grades 4-12 for junior, junior varsity and varsity squads. The local club team especially needs players in grades 4-6 for a second junior team. Practice starts in January and games are played March-May. No experience is necessary to play. For more information, call Gitta Westra at 962-1455.

A NEW YEAR'S TWIST: Twister Kids in Mountain View invites girls and boys ages 6-12 to the 29th annual Twist into the New Year overnight party. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 31 and continues until 9 a.m. Jan. 1. Guests can partake in gymnastics, dancing, rock climbing, dinner, games and movies. The Twisters certified staff will be on-site all night. Admission is $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers. Additional family members receive a $10 discount. Proceeds will be donated to the Twisters Kids scholarship fund. For reservations and more information, call 967-5581.

A CALL FOR COACHES: Los Altos High is seeking coaches for boys and girls track, frosh-soph boys tennis and junior varsity girls swimming. Practice starts in mid-January. For more information, call Monica Lodge at 960-8857.

MORE COACHING JOBS: Gunn High School needs coaches for the following spring sports: varsity swimming, junior varsity softball, junior varsity badminton and frosh-soph boys tennis. Practice starts in February. For more information, call athletic director Steve Ames at 354-8214.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Santa Clara County Special Olympics needs coaches for floor hockey, bowling and basketball. There is also a need for people interested in joining the fundraising committee. For more information, call (408) 267-2734.

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