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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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Wine time at Lake Tahoe

There are two fun wine events coming up at Lake Tahoe.

The Truckee Wine Walk is scheduled noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 3. We have previously attended and tickets are well worth the event-day price of $35, and even a better bargain purchased in advance for $25. The entrance fee buys a glass, five food tickets and the opportunity to taste wines from at least 25 wineries. It is a clever promotion, as the wine can only be consumed inside a merchant’s confines. The idea is that while you drink, you look and hopefully make a purchase. If you dare to take a glass containing wine outside, the friendly bucket police are stationed at every door to relieve you of the wine, which, of course, you can fill up at the next stop. Proceeds benefit projects in the Truckee area.

Apparently a lot of wine is consumed, as organizers offer free cab rides and a designated-driver program. The designated one pays $10 and receives five soft-drink tickets plus food.

The Alpen Wine Festival is scheduled 2-5 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Village at Squaw Valley. This is the 21st annual event, and I have probably attended at least 10. Close to 40 wineries will participate, providing ample opportunities to taste. A Spiegelau wine glass is included in the $40 entrance fee, and there is a silent auction where many bargains are usually available. This function benefits the Jimmie Huega Multiple Sclerosis Fund.

We also attended a Huey Lewis and the News concert on the driving range of the Old Greenwood Golf Course, one of six events the Lake Tahoe Music Festival presented between July 23 and Aug. 8. On the surface you might not think this was a wine event, but, believe me, it was. The doors opened two hours before the concert began, and the wine flowed. Lewis, a youthful-looking middle-aged rocker, does not seem to have lost a beat. By the end of evening, there was a lot of dancing, and I was giving it my best shot. I still might have a few moves left in this old body.

While at Tahoe, we were guests at Blackbird Vineyard’s wine dinner at the Lahontan Golf Club. The unique winery emulates the “Right Bank” wineries of St. Emilion and Pomerol. Merlot and Cabernet Franc are the predominant varietals in Blackbird’s wines. French slang for Merlot is “Little Blackbird,” hence the name.

Blackbird’s three principal wines are Illustration, Paramour and Contrarian, and they likened them to Pétrus, Cheval Blanc and Ausone. This might be a bit of a stretch, but they are very good. The blends are somewhat similar, but the prices are not. These French wines in good years are hundreds of dollars, often more than a thousand. The three Blackbird wines, which sell for $90 each, were served with wild boar, short ribs and a dark chocolate dessert – very good food and very good wines.

Sarah Gott and Aaron Pott combine to make these fine

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