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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

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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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Letters to the Editor

Construction at odds with ‘quaint’ town

"Welcome to Los Altos. The tree-lined streets, lush with green hues in summer and verdant colors in fall, evoke the quaint, village atmosphere of small-town America. Originally an agricultural town with many summer cottages, Los Altos is now an affluent bedroom community with several distinctive features. An upscale community just 40 miles south of San Francisco." (Source: www.losaltos.com.)

"Commercial zones are strictly limited to the downtown district as well as the area and small shopping and office parks lining Foothill and El Camino Real. Excellent schools and proximity to coastal foothills make it one of the area’s premier cities." (Source: Wikipedia.)

This sounds like the perfect place to raise a family. How distant this notion will be with the construction of a three-story, industrial medical center just steps away from many of the "quaint single-family homes" and neighborhood elementary school. Parents will never again feel the ease and comfort of allowing their children to walk a block to school, skate out on their sidewalks, throw a baseball in their front yards, go on a leisurely evening walk with the dog or skip to a friend's house.

Commercial businesses, their owners and employees do not monitor business activity to ensure a quaint atmosphere. As an alternative to the proposed plan, single-family homes on the Pilgrim Haven property would preserve the look and feel of Los Altos as it was meant to be.

Susan E. Keck-Truman

Alan Truman

Los Altos

Pilgrim Haven a ‘valued asset'

We have lived on Yerba Buena Avenue (off Los Altos Avenue) for almost 43 years. Our sons used to walk or ride their bicycles up to the orchards and open space that once bordered Pilgrim Haven. With the passage of time, housing took over the orchards and open space.

Of course, with housing and the passage of time, and as the population of Los Altos has grown, the need for facilities to house and care for our senior citizens (including those with Alzheimer's disease) has also grown. Pilgrim Haven is seeking to address this need.

Pilgrim Haven is doing its very best to accommodate the needs of the surrounding community. It is recognized that during the construction period every effort must be made not to impact the neighborhood. Also, the final structures must conform to the looks of the surrounding neighborhoods. This Pilgrim Haven has done through the Draft Environmental Impact Report.

We believe Pilgrim Haven is a valued asset for Los Altos and that it should be allowed to grow to better serve the community.

Gerard and Mardell Blaufarb

Los Altos

Junior Olympics show ‘Personal Best'

The Los Altos School District hosted its 49th annual Junior Olympics April 25 at Mountain View High School. As co-chairwomen of the event, we are compelled to write to express our sincere gratitude to this wonderful community for pulling together and making it a huge success.

From the beginning stages of planning with our amazing district committee to planning with the staff at Mountain View High School and coordinating with literally hundreds of parent and middle and high school volunteers – and the professionals at LASD who went beyond the call of duty to support the event – we tip our hats to you. And especially to our student athletes, who demonstrated sportsmanship and the finest Olympic spirit, we congratulate you.

This "only in Los Altos" event is truly unique. At times it seems impossible and frustrating, but it is so worth every ounce of stress, sweat and perseverance. We are proud to be part of a community that cares so much for our kids that we continue to do it every year. "Personal Best" is our athletes' motto, the theme of our committee and, we believe, a reflection of Los Altos as a whole.

Beth Levy and Pat Kapp

Co-chairwomen

Junior Olympics 2009

Peace Study courses needed?

It is imperative to have Peace Study courses in our schools and to replace violent sports like football, boxing and wrestling with lifetime sports such as swimming, golf, baseball or social dancing. James Michener's book "Sports in America" is a great reference.

In today's world, Peace Studies should be the No. 1 requirement. All the Ph.D.s in the world will not matter if we do not survive as a species. Someone said you could have a dozen doctorates and still flunk life.

One must do more than pray for peace – one must work for peace. Including Peace Studies and Education for Peace is vital for the survival of humanity.

Virginia Bates

Los Altos

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